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Why I Switched to Vermeer, Oklahoma Edition | Vermeer Agriculture Equipment

Well, we are in Lula, Oklahoma about six miles north of Tupelo. I’m a third generation farmer rancher. And the only farming that we do is basically hay production. I feed most of my hay to my own stock. I tried to run anywhere from two to three
hundred momma cows. You gotta love it to do it or you’d be crazy. It’s just bred into us I guess. Uh, my granddad was a rancher my great-granddad
was a rancher-farmer. I enjoy my horses and I just love the life. It’s just the life I like to live. Just watch the cows graze across the pasture,
horses grazing. Its peaceful, its God’s country. That’s all Oklahoma’s got, oil and natural gas, farming and cattle that is what runs this state. I was really pleased when I bought this 604N. I’ve owned it a year. It’s been a good baler. And it’s gonna continue to be a good baler. Balers in the past, I guess that is what we
were used to. That is all we had. We didn’t know any different. They made a good bale, it was the cream of
the crop for here at that time. I guess that’s what my daddy used, my granddad
used so therefore that’s what I used. I’m the first of my family that went to this
color. I don’t regret doing it. I can’t compare it to anything else on the
market, I’ll put it that way. It’s just heavier. I mean these fields we bale are rough. It’s not like its groomed ground, its, its rough. It’s just a heavier, thicker, piece of metal
starting out. And it is put together. I mean it’s heavy. I think it will out weigh my old baler by
close to a ton. The pickup attachment teeth on this baler
are twice as heavy duty as my old baler. I was constantly breaking teeth. For two reasons, that particular baler did
not have a clutch on the pickup attachment so if you happened to get on a high spot while
you was tying a bale it’s just continually sitting there spinning. You’d just hear them teeth popping. With this particular model here (604N), when
it’s ready to tie that clutch kicks in and the pickup attachment stops and I really like
that feature to this baler. I do not like changing pickup attachment teeth. It takes hours to change them pickup attachment
teeth and time is money. The biggest impact the 604N baler has had on my
operation is the speed in which I can run the baler through these fields. I have baled hay as fast as eight and half
miles an hour to beat a storm and it’ll handle it. It will eat the hay better than any baler
I’ve had before. If you can put your seatbelt on and ride it,
it’ll roll it. I generally run somewhere between eight and
ten thousand bales a year. It make a bale tight, if not tighter than
anything else I’ve run. I’ve seen some balers they’ve got so many
intricate, little bitty mechanical working parts that you know this one here, I mean
all of them having working parts, don’t get me wrong with this baler there isn’t all that
unnecessary bells and whistles. It’s just a pretty simple design. I’m Craig Wofford and that’s the reason I
switched to the 604N baler.


  1. Troy Adams Author

    All of our hay equipment is VERMEER, simply because it is built to last. And I mean last, In the past we have been through nearly every brand of biler with out mentioning names.
    VERMEER just make strong equipment. We use VERMEER from cutting, rakeing and bailing…
    Truely a good piece of equipment…

  2. Edwin Neumann Author

    I bought a Vermeer 5520 Rebel baler. We had some wheat straw that had gone through a rotary combine, it sat under the winters snow, and I needed to bale it. I tried 3 other balers to bale it and they would do it. I took the Vermeer 5520 out to try and bale it and it did it. Plain and simple it got the job done. My neighbors were watching and I probably sold some balers for Vermeer. The 5520 made my baling life better.


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