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Mini Bale Handler Turns On A Dime
"Our new mini round bale handler turns on a dime like a skid steer loader. It's far more maneuverable than other self-propelled bale carts and can be fitted with a variety of attachments to do other jobs," says John Halderman, Roman Welding & Machinery Co., Sarasota, Fla.
The "Bale Buddy" is powered by a 12 hp Briggs & Stratton gas engine direct-coupled to a hydraulic pump. A hydraulic motor chain-drives both wheels on each side just like on a conventional skid steer loader.
The operator stands on a platform behind a pair of hydraulically-operated clamp arms and a hydraulically-operated table that tilts forward to pick up a bale. The table has two rollers that unroll the bale in either direction.
"It's a nimble machine that works great in tight areas or most anywhere on your farm," says Halderman. "It's only 42 in. wide. The length of the clamp arms can be adjusted by simply pulling two pins. We offer a variety of attachments for it including a bale lift attachment that allows loading bales 6 ft. high onto a wagon or semi truck; a forklift attachment that allows you to raise a 500-lb. load 6 ft. high; a hydraulic-operated knife that splits bales in half; a dump box that mounts on the table and can be used to haul feed; and a scraper blade that fits on the lower part of the frame under the front tires. The blade is raised or lowered by simply tilting the table.
"A hitch can be mounted on front or back so you can use the rig to tow small implements."
The standard unit sells for $9,989.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Roman Welding & Machinery Co., 1714 Independence Blvd., Sarasota, Fla. 34234 (ph 800 844-5540 or 941 355-8046; fax 941 351-5236).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #6