How to get your haybob ready for the new season
The original machine may be decades old, but it's still a mainstay for many haymakers. Follow these tips to keep it in fine shape
The original PZ Haybob is now several decades old and was perhaps the first machine of its kind that could tedd out and row up crops quite efficiently. Tractors as small as the Massey Ferguson 35 and Ford Dexta could handle it quite easily and were the ideal pair for working in smaller plots and fields.
Incredibly, the original Haybob is still available new, though its parent company has changed. While the most recent owner of the Haybob is French firm Kuhn, it is undoubtedly still the Haybob.
There are also numerous copies of it out there, but like the original they are perhaps not as popular nowadays because as farming has evolved, wider and perhaps more efficient machines are being used to tedd out silage and hay to help dry it. The Haybob still has a place, though, particularly among those making baled silage and hay.
In a recent conversation with aftermarket agricultural parts supplier rep Mick McCabe of Sparex, I discovered that the Haybob is still very much in use as he informed me that they would sell a few hundred 'hay-gates' or windrowing gates every year for them.
Sparex is among the many aftermarket agricultural parts manufacturers, including McHugh components and Fastparts, to supply the farming industry through agricultural dealers with a broad range of parts for the Haybob.
Mick's boss, John Laffan, director of the Waterford-based firm explains: "The Haybob is still a very valuable tool, especially the further west you go. Not so much for big silage operations where bigger rakes and tedders are used nowadays, but certainly for baled silage."
There is still a big demand for parts as John explains: "While the usage is less each year, every year I am surprised by how much we sell for them. Last year we had a good run on parts again for the Haybob. They get pulled out of the woodwork everywhere when the silage and hay seasons come in."
As a rough benchmark as to how many machines are still out there working, John says Sparex would sell between 300 and 400 hay-gates (windrowing gates) every year.