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originally posted by: Flyingclaydisk
a reply to: Bigburgh
Well, you see, we try to clean it up as soon as we can get it out from under a bale, but the bales are heavy (like 1,400lbs. each). So you can't always get the twine off the bale, and cutting it incrementally is even more of a pain (which I'll explain in a moment). So, as we use a bale up, the bale get's lighter, then the twine can come out. Well, sometimes the twine manages to come out on it's own (wind, etc.). You don't always see it on the ground (in the tall grass). We pick up every bit we see, but you have to understand; we're going through 50-60 TONS of hay every 2-3 months, so that's a whole LOT of bales!
As hard as we try, some gets missed, and it lays down on the ground in between the grass so you can't see it. But, when you run a big mower deck over the stuff it gets picked up and just LOVES to snarl up in a mower deck.
Now, if you cut it off incrementally you wind up with even smaller pieces of twine, and these are even easier to escape. They blow out of your hands in the wind, fall out of your pockets, etc. Then you're looking for 50 pieces of twine and not just one long piece. It's a double edged sword. It'd be nice if it was just this controlled environment like inside an enclosed building or something, but we're dealing with the seasonal elements too. I know it's kind of hard to picture maybe, but it's a lot more difficult to get it all than it probably seems.
Our garbage company who we lease our dumpters from are always calling us to complain about the twine. It clogs up their massive hydraulic trucks and tears up their seals. We try to tie it up into bundles, but even they have issues with it. This is some serious stuff. Have you ever seen large bale baling twine? I don't know what the tensile strength of this stuff is, but it's got to be up in the 10's of thousands of pounds. It's about 1/4" in diameter and nylon which is strong as hell.
I have a rule around here...never, and I mean NEVER, carry any twine on one of the tractors when it's moving! If that twine gets wound around something, and wound around the person on the tractor, it will easily cut someone in half, or remove a limb. This stuff is no joke! If you've got some twine to dispose of, you'll walk it to the dumpsters or you're gone! And you'd be shocked at how easy it is for this to happen!