1987 - Volume #11, Issue #5, Page #22[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Bale Carrier Doubles As Sprayer, SpreaderBritish farmers have discovered that big bales are a cheap way to put up silage. However, popularity of the practice has tapered off because of the slow, laborious task of getting heavy bales cleared off fields.
"The baler can get so far ahead that many bales have to be left out overnight, at the mercy of rain," explains Geoff Eyre, inventor of the new high-speed, 8-bale Traileyre 4000 system which, he says, solves the bale-removal bottleneck.
Billed as providing "the fastest field clearance yet," it enables one man to collect silage bales as fast as two balers can make them. "In clearing a field, it's 60% faster than a self-propelled forage harvester," says Eyre. What's more, his new Traileyre doubles as a crop sprayer and fertilizer spreader (dry or liquid).
Silage bales are spiked and loaded one at a time while the tractor is moving at 4 to 6 mph.
For spraying, the 4000 carries two 1000 liter tanks which are linked to rear hydraulically-operated booms. A pto pump powers the flow and an electric on-off switch in the tractor cab controls it.
For spreading dry fertilizer, large bags ù holding about 1,500 lbs of granular material each ù gravity feed into the hopper of an auger. The auger carries material back to a spreader (mounted or towed) at the rear. Spraying and spreading can be done independently, or simultaneously.
The Traileyre system is available in 4, 6 or 8 bale models. Carrying capacity is rated at 30 to 50, 35 to 70, and 40 to 80 silage bales per hour, respectively. Dealer-distributor inquiries welcome.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Traileyre Systems Ltd., The Mill, Brough-Bradwell, Sheffield, England (ph 0433 20353).
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