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Round Bale Wrapper Needs No Tractor
"Our new self-propelled, self-loading bale wrapper frees up a tractor and works much faster than conventional pull-type or stationary bale wrappers. It lets one person wrap a silage bale in just over a minute," says John Halderman, Roman Welding & Machinery Co., Sarasota, Fla.
The 3-wheeled unit is powered by a 16 hp Briggs & Stratton gas engine coupled to a two-stage hydraulic pump. It mounts on 23.5 by 10.5 lugged tires and is available with single front wheel drive or as an all-wheel drive unit. An orbit motor direct-drives the front wheel and another one rotates the turn table. The lift arm and table dump are operated by hydraulic cylinders. The operator sits in front using control levers mounted on a steering arm.
"The front wheel drive model sells for about $15,700 which is only about $2,000 more than a conventional pull-type wrapper," says Halderman. "Farmers like it better than pull-type units because of its maneuverability and wrapping speed. It takes the operator only 1 minute and 20 seconds to wrap each bale.
"It handles 4 or 5-ft. bales, and either dry or silage bales. The loading arm is capable of lifting 2,500 lbs. The unit can carry two bales at a time - one on the table and one on the loading arm. The front wheel drive model works fine on flat ground and small hills. However, when you're going up a hill carrying two bales you need the traction provided by the all wheel drive model.
"You can pull the front wheel drive model behind a pickup by jacking up the tongue and hooking it up to a ball hitch on the pickup. The all-wheel drive model must be trans-ported on a trailer."
The company also offers a 3-pt. skid-mounted unit and a pull-type unit.
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