Rolling out the hay with toy balers

Rolling out the hay with toy balers with this Bruder Claas baler

Hook up the baler and make silage or hay bales as the baler picks up the bales and drops it out the back.

This is all played out in the imagination of farm play mind you, as die-cast replica toy balers don't really make bales but do often carry and drop-out plastic toy bales as you move the tractor and baler along. But as a rule of thumb, toy square bales are easy to stack and store with rounded bales to awkward to stack up.

Benefit of playing with toy balers

Child playing with a Bruder baler hold on to bale
Child playing with a Bruder big baler providing lots of activity

Toy balers can learn you all about baling, inviting the child to hook up the machine to the tractor and heading out to the field to make bales. They will discover grass is used to make silage bales and hay bales to make vital animal feed and bedding if they keep toy cattle.

Types of toy balers available

Siku John Deere tractor and baler set with bales
Toy balers come in all forms with this Siku John Deere tractor and baler set

You are spoilt for choice when it comes toy balers with highly detailed exterior and functioning internal parts as you move the baler on its single or twin axle. You should get a matching round or square bale as they are placed in the baler and dropped out the rear.

Look to Britains and Siku balers for 1:32 models, but Siku also do fun size single tractor and baler set in 1:72 and 1:87 scale. But if you need a big baler with easy to access functioning parts go for Big Farm and Bruder, depending which make you like best.

Who manufactures balers

In real life John Deere balers are the most impressive, with Kuhn, Krone, New Holland and Claas also impressing with replicated scale models available from Britains, Siku and Bruder. These brands represent official licensed toys, so you know you're in good hands.

What are balers used for?

Balers are a farm implement towed behind a tractor moving across a hay or forage field as the internal machines chops and turns the hay or grass - complete with storks and heads - into a compact bale, making it easy to handle, transport and store.

How do balers work?

A round baler contains a belt which is used to turn the mechanics that rolls up the bales into a tight cylinder shape, ending with the bale rolling out the back of the baler and left on the field. But the machinery is a little more complicated when producing square bales.

What happens to the bales?

Balers automatically release the finished bales by dropping them from the rear as the baler moves along, leaving equally spread out bales every several yards across the field. This leaves freshly cut forage or hay with bales dotted across the fields.

Here in the UK it is very common for the farmer to return the next day with perhaps a JCB telehandler, or a tractor with fork attachment and load up the square or round bales onto an awaiting trailer which are then driven back to the farm to be stored in the barn or silage pit.

Published by Toy Farmers on 9th September 2016

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