Categories: Articles, Crop productionPublished On: 16th July 2021

EFT: Providing twine for tidily tied bales

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by Jonathan Coleclough

The crucial role twine plays in the baling process is often underestimated. It is the keystone that supports all the work done up to the point where the bale leaves the chamber. All the necessary handling, stacking, and transporting that comes after that, can only happen if the twine continues to perform.

Historically, selecting the highest performance twine has not been easy, with consistency not traditionally being a word used when talking about baler twine. It was not unusual to have to change twine as the crop or conditions changed. This often meant sourcing a progressively thicker twine until the twine was so thick that it caused more problems than it solved: not tying, knots slipping and damaging knotters. This trial-and-error method is less than ideal, causing a lot of frustration, downtime, and damage during a time when the pressure is on and there is no time to study the problem.

Once upon a time the number 7200 related to the number of feet in a pack, however, the manufacturing limitations that made this number relevant are a long, long way behind us. In fact, there are very few applications where a twine this short is even necessary. To confuse things even further, some products are sold by weight, which is no indicator of length or performance.

Modern manufacturing capabilities and higher-grade raw materials have allowed for much better performing twines to be produced, using less plastic while achieving much greater lengths. This means there is a choice between making the twine thicker or smarter.

However, not all manufacturers have invested in the same technology, and some twines are still made in a traditional way, but because balers have increased in capability and tractors only get more powerful, they have had to continue making their twine thicker, getting shorter, as a result, meaning more packs have to be bought. There was clearly a need for clarity in the twine marketplace, as not all twine products are created equal.

Experience shows that performance of the twine is the number one concern when baling crops, and there are several influencing factors:

The capability of the baler (make/model) determines how hard the crop is compacted (stored energy).

• The type of crop (forage/straw) determines how much it resists being compacted.

• The moisture level of the crop (conditions) determines the volume of crop needed to achieve the desired weight. Less moisture means more crop is required to achieve the same weight, increasing the forces involved.

Once you understand these three controlling factors and their influence, it is possible to create a scale of performance, and in 2018, Tama released the International Baler Twine Segmentation – a comprehensive range of five twines that covers all balers, all crops, and every condition.

They range from Tama LSB Max 3 200 m, when low density is required, through to Tama HD Prime 2 200 m for maximum performance in extreme conditions. The range of Tama twine is specifically designed and manufactured to allow all balers to perform at the highest level with unrivalled knot performance, ensuring reliable, consistent baling with a higher output, better efficiency, and less waste.

To find the perfect match for your specific requirements, Tama works with the OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) to make recommendations for all balers in all crop types and conditions, guaranteeing the highest performance twine is selected every time. The working relationship that Tama has with the major OEMs, means that all of these twines are fully validated, giving you the certainty that the highest performance is guaranteed.

All of Tama’s products contain a guaranteed minimum of the stated length, which means that you can be certain of your costs per bale before you start baling.

Confidence in your baler twine is priceless, especially in these uncertain times. “Tama has a team of highly knowledgeable, helpful and friendly crop baling solution specialists available to support you and your business all year round. We can be contacted directly through our details below or on the website, or via any of our OEM partners and all good merchants.”

Contact Ernest Thompson at +27 83-286-4147, +27(0)22-482-2788 or

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