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New Flail Chopper Tub Grinds up any Forage
"It's the most versatile chopper ever built," say distributors of the new Kverneland "Silachop" bale chopper that uses flail knives to chop up virtually any kind of forage or bedding.
T.I.P., Inc., Plainfield, Wis., imported the first Silachop machine from Norway this spring. It quickly sold after a series of field days and company representative Bob Ebben says interest has been tremendous ever since. "It'll handle round bales and square bales, even if they're frozen. It also works great for newspapers. Unlike other choppers you can just throw whole bundles in without separating them," he says, adding that the chopper also works great on loose silage, cornstalks and even bulky fodder crops like turnips.
The chopper's 44 flail knives mount on a pto-driven rotor. The hopper rotates hydraulically, moving feed over the knives. A side discharge chute can be adjusted to throw feed or bedding up to 30 ft. out to the side or directed downward to feed into a forage blower or fenceline feeder.
The cut length of roughage depends on knife and drum speed, as well as the angle of the drum, which is adjustable. Length varits from 2 to 6 in. Takes just 3 to 5 min. to chop and discharge a big round bale.
An "inspection grill" in the bottom lets the driver see into the chopper as it's working. Reversible flail knives are easy to reach from outside the machine for sharpening.
Equipped with a 6-ft., 6-in. dia. drum, Silachop requires a 60 hp. tractor. Sells for $12,177. A smaller model with a 5-ft., 8-in. dia. drum sells for $10,134.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, T.I.P., Inc., N. 6775 Frontage Rd., Plainfield, Wis. 54966 (ph 715 335-4649 or 715 335-6046).


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