1997 - Volume #21, Issue #3, Page #11[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Pickup-Mounted Bale Spear Uses Snow Blade Lift Arm, Hydraulics
Two bolts hold the bale spear in place.
"It lets me haul bales weighing up to 750 lbs. at highway speeds," says Bablo. "I'm a small time farmer with 12 beef cows and I don't have a tractor. I use the spear to haul bales from my neighbor, who lives about a mile away, back to my pasture where I drop them and put a bale ring over them for feeding. It cost a lot less than buying a tractor and I always stay nice and warm inside the Blazer. The snow blade weighs more than 400 lbs. by itself so the bale isn't that much extra weight on the vehicle. I mounted an extra leaf spring on the vehicle when I in-stalled the snow blade which helps support the extra weight.
"I used 1 1/2 in. sq., 3/16-in. thick sq. steel tubing to build the spear. I sharpened a length of 1-in. dia. steel pipe to a point and welded it onto the tubing in order to make the point. I'm looking for a manufacturer. I think it could be marketed for about $100."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Noel Bablo, 10485 Rogers Rd., Corning, N.Y. 14830 (ph 607 962-5132).
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