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Stack Mover Bale Hauler
Old stack movers can be converted into inexpensive round bale haulers, according to a Montana rancher who modified a Hesston stack mover by adding side ex-tensions and removing the front chopper-feeder unit.
John Cronk, of Harlem, uses the hydraulically-operated stack mover to load or unload up to 11 round bales at a time. The bed is equipped with five chains spaced about 2 ft. apart that can be moved forward or backward as needed. The bed tips backward for both loading and unloading. Chains pull bales on or off the trailer. A front-end loader adds the second row of bales.
"We bought the stack mover in the 1970's when we were making stacks," says Cronk. "When we switched to round bales we tried using a commercial bale mover but found that it was too small. We have to move bales quite a distance so we want to carry as many bales as possible. If we ever do go back to stacks again, we can just unbolt the side rails and bolt on the chopper-feeder."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, John Cronk, Box 1068, Harlem, Mont. 59526 (ph 406 353-4921).

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1992 - Volume #16, Issue #4