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Home-Built Loader-Mounted Round Bale Handler
I made my own loader-mounted, hydraulic-operated round bale handler which I use on my skidsteer loader. I used steel tubing to make the bale-squeezing arms and heavy angle iron and sheet metal to make the rest of the frame. One of the arms is opened or closed by a 16-in. long hydraulic cylinder that extends horizontally across the front part of the frame. The other arm is held rigid by a length of chain that's welded to the side of the frame. If necessary, the angle of the rigid arm can be changed by repositioning the chain in a notched hole in the frame.
  Most commercial models are designed so that both arms can be opened and closed, but I've found that one movable arm will do the job. It makes the bale handler easier to build, and keeps the cost down. The back side of the frame is equipped with quick-tach mounting brackets which make the unit easy to put on and take off. (Gary Stelpflug, 7694 Pigeon River Road, Lancaster, Wis. 53813 ph 608 723-4993)

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2000 - Volume #24, Issue #4