1983 - Volume #7, Issue #6, Page #24[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
New Silage Stuffer Now On The Market
Pto-driven by a minimum 60 hp. tractor, the Porta-Packer has a chain-driven auger and a hydraulically-driven feed conveyor with a unique design that lets the machine convey and pack material with one action. The unit is designed for easy portability, mounted on radial tires with brakes and equipped with tailights for over-the-road hauling.
"It packs a ton of silage into each foot of bag," Schaefer says, noting that the Porta-Packer uses a 20-in.dia. earth auger to fill bags. "We can pack anything that will go through it. It hasn't plugged up yet."
The unit was built extra heavy with the idea of possible custom use by farmers who purchase it, and for low maintenance with only six grease zerks on the entire machine.
Schaefer says the machine is easy to set up. You just attach the bag ù the company recommends it's new cross-laminated 8-ft. dia. by 150-ft. long bags ù and start filling. The machine walks itself along without use of cables. It's fill a 150-ft. bag in two hours, according to Schaefer.
Self-feeding gates are available to allow cattle to feed directly from the bags. The Porta-Packer can also be used to fill bags with shelled corn at a rate of about 8,000 bu. a hour. Custom bag fillers can charge about $800 a bag, supplying the bag themselves, and make good money, according to the company.
The new Porta-Packer sells for less than $15,000.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Alan Schaefer, Sho-Me Distributing Co., Box A, Bloomsdale, Mo. 63627 (ph toll free 800 231-4242 or 314 483-2552).
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