1997 - Volume #21, Issue #3, Page #06[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Home-Built Trailer Hauls 18 Bales
What makes the trailer unique is that it's built so low to the ground. Unlike many flat bed bale haulers, bales can be placed onto it with a 3-pt. mounted bale spear.
The gooseneck trailer has a hitch and jack stand up front that came off a row crop planter. The dual wheeled axle and differential came off a truck.
Dennis Neubauer, Radcliffe, Iowa, simply ran a large 5 by 5-in. piece of square tubing through the center of the truck differential. He removed the internal gears and welded a piece of heavy plate steel to either side of it to securely hold the tubing in place.
Then he simply constructed rectangular bale carrying frames out of 2 by 4 steel tubing and suspended the frames from the bottom of the center tube. Each frame holds a pair of bales. Bales are held only about 1 1/ 2 ft. off the ground, except for the ones over the wheels.
To haul 18 bales, Neubauer stacks on a second tier.
The solid, heavily built trailer cost just a fraction of a commercial-built unit yet works beter than anything he could find on the market, notes Neubauer.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dennis Neubauer, 31491 Co. Hwy D65, Radcliffe, Iowa 50230 (ph 515 893-2320).
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