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August 21, 2023


As hay conditioning rollers age, they wear down, losing their effectiveness. This leads to subpar hay quality and potential disruptions during haymaking, reducing productivity. Recognizing the warning signs of roller deterioration enables you to research supplier options early, preventing costly repairs. Here are seven signs that show your rollers are starting to wear out:

If you’re serious about maintaining the best quality for your hay and ensuring optimal productivity, don’t wait for signs of wear and tear. Reach out to B&D Rollers today for a free quote and give your haymaking process the upgrade it deserves.



Hay conditioning rollers, when new and in optimal condition, possess a smooth, uniformly rounded surface. This characteristic ensures that hay is processed consistently, achieving even drying and baling. However, as these rollers age and wear down, they begin to develop imperfections. The once smooth surface starts to display jagged edges, which not only hinder the rollers’ ability to pass through the hay evenly but can also cause tearing and damage to the hay itself.

The consequences of this uneven conditioning become apparent in the appearance of the hay. Over-conditioned hay often appears unevenly dried and compacted, whereas under-conditioned hay retains excessive moisture, resulting in a wetter bale. This inconsistency in conditioning leads to irregularly shaped bales, making it challenging to achieve desired densities. This, in turn, compromises the hay’s storage capabilities and its overall feed quality.

Further indicators of deteriorating roller conditions include incomplete stem crushes, where portions of the stem remain unflattened. This signifies a flaw in the conditioning pattern of the rollers. An increase in leaf loss during the conditioning process is another telling sign. It’s worth noting that uneven conditioning directly impacts the hay’s nutritional value by decreasing its Relative Feed Value (RFV).



If your fodder crop is taking longer to dry than it usually does, your rollers might need replacing. Worn-out rollers can make the drying process less efficient. When hay dries slower, it’s more exposed to unpredictable weather. 

This is especially problematic during wetter months when hay can absorb excess moisture, leading to potential mold growth and a decline in its nutritional quality. Also, extended drying can make hay more susceptible to pests. For farmers with big operations, these delays can be costly, not just in terms of time but also in resources, pushing back other farm tasks.



Roller critical travel speed rate

Roller critical travel speed is the rate at which the hay travels through the conditioning equipment. Under ideal conditions, rollers on a sickle-cutting machine should maintain a cutting speed of 3-5 mph and 12 to 14 mph on a self-propelled machine. As the rollers start to lose their edge, you may notice a decrease in the travel speed.

Reduced critical travel speed impacts the quality and consistency of the hay, affecting your livestock feed and reducing hay storage life. Low speeds also increase the time it takes to cut, bale, and windrow your hay. This translates to more labor costs and reduced efficiency in your operations.



Damaged or worn-out rollers may require more power to function efficiently, impacting the overall energy efficiency of your equipment. The surge in power consumption results in higher operational costs over time, affecting your bottom line. 



Over time, the rubber roller surfaces show visible cracks, chips, or significant flattening and hardening. These are clear indications that your hay conditioning rollers are starting to wear out. 

Addressing roller wear early helps avoid unexpected breakdowns and disruptions during critical haymaking periods. The best way to manage roller wear is to perform regular hay equipment maintenance. Inspect the equipment and replace worn-out rollers before they cause extensive damage.



Unusual noises are telltale signs of something wrong with your hay conditioning rollers. Strange and loud noises are a sign of severe wear, which can lead to breakdowns and costly delays. The best way to address these problems is by regularly checking the condition of your equipment, including bearings, and replacing worn-out rollers before they cause extensive damage.



If you find yourself scheduling more frequent maintenance and repairs for your hay conditioning equipment, it’s a clear sign that your rollers may be deteriorating. Frequent maintenance and repairs can be expensive, so it makes sense to keep your equipment in optimum condition by regularly inspecting the condition of your rollers and replacing them before they cause extensive damage.



Here’s what you can do when your rollers start to wear out to avoid disruptions in your haymaking routine:

  • Research reputable suppliers: Find reliable suppliers offering high-quality hay conditioning rollers. Consider factors such as durability, compatibility with your equipment, and customer reviews.
  • Order replacement rollers and bearings: Once you find suitable replacements, place an order without delay to minimize downtime during haymaking.
  • Replace worn rollers: Install the new rollers following the manufacturer’s instructions. Proper installation ensures optimal performance and safety.
  • Replace bearings when installing new rolls: When installing new hay conditioning rollers, it’s essential to also replace the bearings to ensure seamless compatibility and maximize the efficiency of your equipment. This proactive approach helps guarantee smooth operation and extends the lifespan of your rollers.
  • Perform regular maintenance: Implement a schedule to identify and address roller wear early, preventing further damage.

Whether you’re a small-scale farmer tending to your own livestock or part of a larger hay production operation supplying feed at a grand scale, proactive maintenance and timely replacement ensure you consistently produce high-quality hay. Optimized rollers enhance the durability and return on your investment in hay production.



If you’ve noticed uneven conditioning, increased hay breakage, excessive roller noise, reduced throughput efficiency, or higher power consumption, it’s time to take action.

For premium-quality conditioning rubber rollers and reliable replacement parts, trust B&D Rollers. Our products are designed to optimize the conditioning process, ensuring excellent hay quality and smooth baling operations. Visit our website or contact us for all your hay conditioning roller needs.

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