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Moisture tester

Postby M-5 » Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:29 pm

as I explore using acid in making hay, I have discovered that the add on baler moisture testers are reasonably priced and have not found anything negative on them. One article from 12 is showing the John Deere tester that can be added to any baler and it appears to be exactly the same as the AGRATRONIX BHT-2 moisture tester. It retails at rural king for 340 bucks . When the time comes to trade balers in the future I will explore a factory installed unit but right now I am curious if anyone has added this feature to a baler.

https://www.agratronix.com/product/bht- ... nted-unit/
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Re: Moisture tester

Postby M-5 » Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:33 pm

No one has a moisture tester on their baler?
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Re: Moisture tester

Postby Aaron » Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:21 pm

Lots locally have them. I don't, just a probe which is far more accurate. One tidbit the neighbor told me was to keep extra sensor patches on hand as you could be replacing them every year depending on how much hay you make.
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Re: Moisture tester

Postby Silver » Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:34 pm

We have one, seems to line up with the probe just fine, but don't watch it while you're actually making the bale or it will drive you crazy with the wild swings. But when the bale is complete it gives the average moisture and it's always what the probe says. Never had to replace the sensor patch yet, but it's only done 3 crops.
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Re: Moisture tester

Postby M-5 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:46 pm

Silver wrote:We have one, seems to line up with the probe just fine, but don't watch it while you're actually making the bale or it will drive you crazy with the wild swings. But when the bale is complete it gives the average moisture and it's always what the probe says. Never had to replace the sensor patch yet, but it's only done 3 crops.


Thank you, For the money I think its a better deal and it allows you to add acid system if you want . I always do a moisture test (microwave) method to get good idea when to start but knowing each bale moisture % would be better.
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Re: Moisture tester

Postby ERNIBIGB » Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:37 pm

I have used and it was a good tool as long as you don't rely on close accuracy. I learned that 14 to 15% was a very good reading on mine for dry hay. If spraying preservative the readings may be less accurate but I don't know for sure.
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Re: Moisture tester

Postby millstreaminn » Tue May 08, 2018 12:00 pm

Just installed one in my baler this winter. Haven't used it yet. It's an Agritronix.
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Re: Moisture tester

Postby millstreaminn » Tue May 08, 2018 12:01 pm

Just installed one in my baler this winter. Haven't used it yet. It's an Agritronix. Simple to install, took about 2 hours.
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