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"Soft Touch" Round Bale Wrapper
Setting wrapped round bales down gently on the ground is important to keep stubble from puncturing the plastic. McHale's new 991B round bale wrapper rolls the wrapped bale onto a bale mat which is then lowered gently to the ground. When the rotating table stops and is raised to the tipping position, a bale damper raises to cradle the bale while a second arm lowers automatically to the ground. A hydraulic cylinder connected to a hinged steel frame under the mat is then slowly retracted.
The bale can also be lowered to the ground and tipped onto its end, where the wrapping is thickest. To do this a steel stand is hydraulically raised to lift one end of the mat, tilting it at an angle. The company says silage bales tilted upright this way retain their cylindrical shape for longer periods.
Cost of the machine is about $14,500. A fully electronic model sells for about $17,000. Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, McHale Engineering Limited, Kilmaine, Co. Mayo, Ireland (ph 01 71/2717074 or 353 93 33326; fax 353 93 33520).

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1998 - Volume #22, Issue #5