Hay bale stacking and bundling method

  • US 6,397,738 B1
  • Filed: 08/17/2000
  • Issued: 06/04/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/04/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method for forming a bundle of hay bales, wherein each of said hay bales is formed by applying a compressive force to the hay bale along a first direction followed by positioning bindings around the hay bale in a tight-fitting manner, said method comprising the steps of:

  • arranging a plurality of hay bales in a vertical stack and compressing the stack of hay bales in a second vertical direction;

    arranging a plurality of vertical stacks of hay bales in closely spaced, side-by-side alignment in forming a bundle of hay bales;

    compressing said bundle of hay bales in a third horizontal direction, wherein said third horizontal direction is aligned with said first direction in which the individual bales are compressed when formed; and

    tightly wrapping banding around said bundle of hay bales while said hay bales are being compressed vertically and horizontally without damaging the hay in said bales or severing the bindings disposed about said hay bales.

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