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Add-On NH Big Bale Loader
New Holland automatic bale stack wagons are widely used to load and unload small square bales. Now a new attachment lets you use the same machine to also handle 3 by 3-ft. and 4 by 3-ft. mid-size bales weighing up to 1,600 lbs.
  "It eliminates the need to buy a separate machine to handle bigger bales," says inventor Ken Millsap, Mil-Stak, Inc., Fruitland, Idaho.
  The Mil-Stak 1000 bale loader consists of a pair of loading arms which rotate on a shaft operated by a big hydraulic cylinder. The frame containing the shaft bolts onto a mounting bar that bolts permanently to the front part of the stack wagon. Another cylinder is used to clamp the bale for loading. An adjustable bumper is located between the loading arms and can be moved forward or backward, depending on bale length, by changing the position of two pins.
  To switch back to small square bales, you simply unbolt the unit from the mounting bar and set it down on a pair of removable jacks. The stacker's original small square bale loader can then be bolted back onto its original mounts.
  "It sells for about $16,500. Many custom hay operators have to handle both types of bales, and this attachment saves them a lot of money because they only need one piece of equipment to handle both kinds of bales," says Millsap. "It takes only about 30 minutes to switch loaders.
  "It fits any of the newer New Holland stack wagons such as the 1068, 1078, 1075, 1085, and 1095 models. It won't fit old models such as the 1048 and 1049."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ken Millsap, Mil-Stak, Inc., 1350 Glenway - Fruitland, Idaho 83619 (ph 208 452-6045 or 208 741-0015; fax 208 452-6074).

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2002 - Volume #26, Issue #3