A custom boiler design allows for maximum efficiency at a low pressure. As exhaust gases from the burner pass through tubes, water surrounding the tubes is heated and turned to steam.
A diesel driven generator powers the lights, and all electical components on the DewPoint 6210.
A diesel-fired burner is the heat source for generating the steam necessary for today’s high-capacity balers.
The DewPoint 6210 comes equipped with a self-cleaning burner fan. This design eliminates debris build-up on the fan blades resulting in more efficient burning with less maintenance.
Another improvement on the DewPoint 6210 is the Simplex Nozzle system which simplifies the fuel delivery system, and makes on-the-fly fuel to air ratio adjustment possible.
4. Fuel Tanks
The DewPoint 6210 runs on #2 diesel fuel. The two tanks hold a total of 300 gallons. The DewPoint uses an average of 1/2 gallon of diesel per ton of hay baled.
5. Water Tanks
The DewPoint 6210 can hold 1,000 gallons of water. Depending on crop yield and the amount of steam being produced, an operator can bale 80-120 acres of hay with one load of water.
In order to keep the boiler and boiler tubes clean and running efficiently, supply water should be treated (usually with a water softener) before being used in the DewPoint.
The DewPoint 6210 comes standard with Bias Ply Floatation Tires (550/45-R22.5, 20-ply) but can be equipped with the optional Radial Floatation Tires (620/40-R22.5).
The radial tires reduce compaction on the field by 38%.
7. Feed Water System
A unique boiler feed water system keeps steam pressure consistent through a wide range of operating parameters.
8. Propane Ignition
Propane is used to ignite the diesel-fired burner. Propane facilitates consistent ignition pilot lights.
9. Steam Hoses
Four hoses to strategic areas of the baler ensure that steam is evenly distributed, while allow custom control by the operator.
- Under Pickup
- Packer Chamber
- Packer Chamber Floor
This Patented “DewPoint” technology enables Commercial Hay Growers to bale hay anytime the crop is sufficiently dry, without the need to wait for natural dew.
Steam produced by the DewPoint is injected into the hay as it is lifted from the windrow by the baler pickup and further as it passes through the feed chamber of the baler. The treatment of the hay is accomplished by injecting steam through a series of distribution manifolds mounted in the baler.
Bale Moisture is monitored continuously and adjustments to the steam injection rate are made by the machine operator as needed to maintain optimum bale moisture conditions at all times.
Steam is an extremely effective moisture medium for controlled hydration of hay during the baling process. 1 Gallon of water will produce approximately 1700 Gallons of Steam at sea level (more at higher elevations). Therefore, when baling hay on a warm windy afternoon you will likely add about 5-7 gallons of water in the form of steam to one ton of dry hay. This equates to only 2-3% moisture addition by weight but this 5-7 gallons of water applied to this 1 Ton of Hay is converted into 8500-12,000 gallons (or more) of steam which allows every leaf and stem in that Ton of Hay to be treated without becoming too wet.
When the injected steam contacts the dry crop material it instantly condenses and bonds with other water molecules in the vicinity which causes instant absorption into the dry crop material. This is the reason the DewPoint system works so efficiently by adding the steam as the hay is picked up and passes through the baler. The machine operator has full control of baling moisture enabling him to produce a consistent product through a wide variety of ambient conditions.
Does the DewPoint Method of Baling Pay Off?
Less Leaf Loss
Replicated University Studies have proven that mechanical leaf loss using the DewPoint is about 1/2 of the typical leaf loss which occurs when baling with good natural dew. The preservation of this valuable component of the forage can offset the operating costs of the DewPoint.
Capital Outlay for Baling Machinery is Much Lower
One DewPoint equipped baler can replace 3-4 conventional balers depending on local atmospheric conditions. However, we’ve found that replacing 4 balers with 2 DewPoint machines can lead to added yield at the end of the season. Since hay can be baled any time it is dry enough, the window of quality baling time can range from 12-24 hours daily, although it is more efficient to run in the cooler hours of the day and night.
We will normally bale 200-250 acres in a 10 hour day with one machine. Several times we have baled 500 acres with one machine in a 24 hour period ahead of rainstorms.
The greatest limiting factor for baling time with the DewPoint System is when there is too much natural dew which is typical at night during the mid & late summer monsoon seasons. Even then we are usually able to bale from noon to 1 or 2 am using the DewPoint System. Try that with a conventional baler.
Machine Operator Labor Costs are Much Lower.
When your man goes to bale he can bale, instead of a whole crew of operators and their machines waiting around for half the night for acceptable natural dew conditions. Maintenance costs are lower on fewer machines and farm operations can afford to trade up in balers more often to keep newer less troublesome machinery in their operations.
Lifestyle is so much more enjoyable during the hay season using the DewPoint. When you go to bale, you can bale…and get it done on time each day.
The DewPoint Increases Your Hay Value.
Marketing is much easier when your bales are consistent from the first to the last. Your customers will know what to expect every time.
Utah hay buyer, Evan Brown says,
“The ‘DewPoint’ hay consistency is a real plus. Baling hay in the day time gets us consistent moisture and bale compaction, and the leaves are all in the bale. The speed at which this all takes place is amazing. When baling hay in the middle of the afternoon and the bale hits the ground, there are very few leaves on the ground around the bale. The hay flakes off very nicely. The smell and color of the hay is excellent. The ease of operation and the common sense way the computer operates makes this machine a real asset to not only the grower but also the dairyman and others that feed the hay.”
These are just a few of the advantages of this technology. It is truly revolutionary to this industry. Over the past 20 years we have learned a great deal about how to make the “steaming” process work well. The computer controlled system brings a level of flexibility, simplicity and control to this machine which is truly the “cutting edge”.