A grass baler is a certain type of baling equipment that can be used to collect and compress grass into tight bales. This type of agricultural baler may be used to collect just about any type of grass, ranging from decorative grasses used for landscaping to grasses that are ultimately intended for use in feeding livestock. Most balers of this kind can also accommodate other types of natural materials such as pine straw, making them ideal for use in a number of applications.
A grass baler may be a relatively small device that is towed behind a riding lawn mower. Balers designed for small projects will often be capable of collecting the grass as it is cut, depositing the grass into a central receptacle within the baler, compressing the cuttings, and ultimately wrapping the condensed bale into a special type of wrap that is secured with straps. This type of grass baler is often used in landscaping larger areas such as the grounds around an estate, a public park, or even the landscaping around a commercial building site.
Larger versions of the grass baler may be found on commercial farms. Along with the ability to bale long grass, the baler can also be used to bale hay or pine straw. Larger than their landscaping counterparts, the balers designed for use on commercial farms, will often include automated features that aid in the collection of plant matter, easy bundling, and an system that automatically ejects a finished bale even as the system is collecting matter for another bale. The film used to contain the bales is designed to be strong enough for the task, but also easy to discard when no longer needed. While metal strapping was once common with this type of application, many balers today make use of some form of synthetic strapping that is just as strong but significantly less expensive to use.
The cost of a grass baler will vary, depending on the size of the unit, the range of features included, and the type of strapping and film used to secure the bales. Care should be taken to go with a baler that is recommended for the type of work involved, as well as the amount of use that the grass baler will sustain on a regular basis. While the temptation to go with a smaller and less expensive baler may be strong, is it important to keep in mind that if the equipment selected is not designed to hold up well under the uses that the buyer has in mind, it will usually be necessary to replace the equipment sooner rather than later, effectively increasing the equipment cost unnecessarily.