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Portable Small Square Bale "Stacker"
"I use a New Holland Stackliner to pick up and bring small square bales in from the field and temporarily stack them on the ground. Then I pick them up with a hay grabber on front of my tractor and stack them in my barn. Normally the bales on the first stack have to be ęstair stepped' in order to keep them from falling over. My home-built bale stacker provides a back stop to unload the first stack against so I don't worry about it falling over," says Bob Sallee, Coffeyville, Kan.
  Sallee used 2-in. dia. used steel pipe to build the entire unit. It consists of four 10-ft. long vertical pipes mounted on a 9-ft. long base made from four horizontal pipes. The vertical pipes are supported by four brace pipes that bolt onto one end of the base and mid way up the vertical pipes. He welded pairs of metal tabs to the pipes at all contact points and also drilled holes through the pipes. By removing four bolts where the braces attach to the vertical pipes he can fold the entire unit flat for storage.
  He stakes the base to the ground so it doesn't slide backward as the Stackliner unloads against it.
  "I bought all the pipe used so it didn't cost much to build," says Sallee. "The entire unit is put together with 12 bolts. After I stack the first load I can dump several loads against each other. I use my Farmhand bale grabber to pick up one layer of bales at a time and stack them in the barn. I feed my cattle a mixture of hay and grain in bunks located near the barn. Because the bales are protected from the weather the hay quality is high and there's very little waste."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bob Sallee, Rt. 1, Box 296A, Coffeyville, Kan. 67337 (ph 316 251-3463).

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2000 - Volume #24, Issue #1