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The Big Bale Cutter chain is equipped with knife-like cutter blades which slice through the hay strands. At slow chain speeds, the cutters may pull strands rather than cut them. For this reason it is important to use the Big Bale Cutter chain on a chainsaw with sufficient power to maintain high chain speed while under load.

"The Big Bale Cutter is compact and easy to maneuver"  R.E.S - Pensylvania

Loosely baled hay may not provide an adequate hold on the strands being cut. High chain speed will help reduce the pulling of strands. Nevertheless, loose bales may require stopping periodically to remove the pulled strands which tend to wrap around the drive sprocket.

To cut dense, damp hay or haylage, a powerful chain saw is necessary to maintain adequate chain speed. Also, the chain cannot cut all of the loose hay that often exists on the outside of the bale. The loose hay can get between the drive sprocket and its cover. It can be pulled out easily, but must not be allowed to accumulate to the point that it gets jammed.

It is recommended that if the chain is to be used to cut wet bales (baleage), that the chainsaw bar does not have a sprocket on it’s nose end. The gummy condition of the baleage can cause the nose sprocket to jam. Saw bars without nose sprockets are available for most larger, popular chainsaws. A wider groove may be helpful to minimize the friction with the saw chain. Bars are available with .058 or .063 bar grooves. The chain would run looser with a wider grove because the BIG BALE CUTTER chain is designed and built to fit into .050 bar gauge (groove) saw bars.

"The quality of the cutters is such that I had our local saw shop place the cutters on a new chain"   WEF- Ohio
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