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Why I Switched to Vermeer, Oklahoma Edition | Vermeer Agriculture Equipment

When third generation rancher Craig Wofford was due for a new baler, he knew he was ready to try something different. The other brands of balers just weren’t tough enough, productive enough, or gritty enough. The Vermeer 604N baler changed that. In the year of running the 604N in his rugged field conditions, Craig hasn’t had to change a single pickup attachment tooth. Not one. The durability and simplicity of the 604N was just what Craig needed and that is why he switched to Vermeer.

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Craig Wofford: We're in Lula, Oklahoma about six miles north of Tupelo. I'm 3rd generation farmer rancher and the only farming that we do is basically hay production. I feed of my hay to my own stock. I try to run anywhere from 200 to 300 mama cows.

You got to love it to do it or you'd be crazy. It's just bred into us, I guess. My granddad was a rancher. My great granddad was a rancher farmer. I enjoy my horses and I just I love the life. It's just the life I like to live. Just watch the cows graze across the pasture, horses grazing, it's peaceful. It's God's country. That's all Oklahoma's got. Along with natural gas and farming and cattle. That what run this state.

I was really pleased when I bought the 604N. I've owned it year and it's been a good baler and it's going to continue to be a good baler. Balers in the past, I guess that's what we were used to. That's all we had. We didn't know any different. They made a good bale. It was the cream of the crop for here at that time. I guess that's what my daddy used, my granddad used, so therefore that's what I used. I'm the first of my family that went to this color and I don't regret doing it. I can't compare it to anything else on the market, I'll put it that way.

It's just heavier. I mean, these fields we bale are rough. It's not like it's green ground, it's rough. It's just a heavier, thicker piece of metal starting out and it is put together. I mean, it's heavy.

I think it will outweigh my old baler by close to a ton. The pick up attachment teeth on this baler are twice as heavy duty as my old baler. I was constantly breaking teeth for two reasons. That fixer baler did not have a clutch on the pick up attachment so if you happen to get on a high spot, why you was tying a bale, it's just continually sitting there spinning and then you could just hear them teeth just popping. With this particular model here, when it's ready to tie, that clutch kicks in and the pick up attachment stops. I really like that feature to this baler, because I do not changing pick up attachment teeth. It takes hours to change them pick up attachment teeth and time is money.

The biggest impact that the 604N baler has had on my operation is the speed in which I could run the baler in through these fields. I have baled hay as fast as 8.5 miles an hour trying to beat a storm, and it'll handle it. It will eat the hay better than any baler I've had before.

If you can put your seat belt on and ride it, it'll roll it. I generally run somewhere between 8,000 and 10,00 bales a year. It makes a bale as tight, if not tighter, than anything else I've ever run. I've seen some balers, they've got so many intricate, little bitty, mechanical working parts that ... this one here, I mean, all of them's got working parts, don't get me wrong, but this baler, there's not all of them unnecessary bells and whistles. It's just a pretty simple design.

I'm Craig Wofford and that's the reason I switched to the 604N baler.