Baler Test 2008

Field Experience with Street Legal Square Baler for Woody Biomass


We conducted a problem analysis in 2005 to recommend an optimal method for collection, transport, and handling of woody biomass in urban centers, suburban landscapes, and forested areas. The analysis concluded that street-legal biomass balers should replace tow-behind chippers to enable woody biomass to be packaged and handled just like other recyclables. Design and development of an engineering prototype street-legal baler for woody biomass was completed in early 2008. Two years of testing and demonstrations in urban, suburban, and forest settings have produced a wealth of technical and market information that will inform commercialization of woody biomass baling technologies. This paper reports on the results of baling and logistics trials across a range of operating environments and biomass materials.

About the Publication 

Dooley, J.H., D.N. Lanning, and C. Lanning. 2011. Field experience with street legal square baler for woody biomass. ASABE Paper No. 1111090. St. Joseph, MI: American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

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