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Add On Round Bale Kicker
Richard Godbout, Cromwell, Minn., made a low-cost bale kicker for his Vermeer 605D round baler that pushes the bale far enough backward so he can close the rear door without backing up before he dumps the bale.
The kicker is activated by the lift of the rear door. It consists of a wrap-around frame that attaches to each side of the door and a 3-ft. long horizontal roller under the baler axle. Two 7-ft. long, 4-in. wide channel irons are hooked onto the sides of the baler with a clevis and pin, as are a pair of 8-ft. long rods. The 8-ft. long rods are free to slide through brackets welded onto the door. When the door opens to drop a bale, it hits a stop on the rods about 1 ft. before the door is fully open, causing the bale to fall to the ground. During the last 6 in. of door movement, the arms are activated and the roller kicks the bale clear. When the door closes, it pushes the kicker arms to the neutral position and the roller slips over a ball welded to the center of the axle to hold the door against the arms.
"Before I had to stop, clear the bale chamber, kick the bale out, then pull ahead far enough to clear the gate. Now I can stop and kick the bale out without having to back up," says Godbout. "The best part is that it cost only $120 to build."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Richard Godbout, Star Rt. 1, Box 123, Cromwell, Minn. 55726 (ph 218 644-3962).

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1990 - Volume #14, Issue #3