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Custom-Built Grain Bagger Good For Business

"I'm a custom combiner, so offering a grain bagging service extended my season by three weeks to a month," says Tony Tolsma of Millet, Alta.
  His amazing home-built unit has a grain roller built in, and is used to pack either dry or high moisture grain into plastic silage bags.
  "Commercial pto-driven grain baggers on the market are hard to use. You're always moving augers and trucks in front of them. This one is a totally self-contained unit with a 700-bu. surge tank."
  Before bagging, high moisture grain is cut at 20 to 35 percent moisture. Once placed in the sealed bags, it ferments and results in a highly palatable cattle feed.
  Tony's brother, Art Tolsma helped build and design the rig. Its average capacity is between 1,200 and 1,500 bu./hr., but Tony says he has bagged up to 1,800 bu./hr.
  "This unit is designed for custom work or big operations, but a person could build a smaller version," he says. "It has its own motor and hydraulic system, using a rebuilt 225 hp, 466 Deere motor taken from an 8820 Deere combine. This runs a 12 by 52-in. roller mill as well as the hydraulic system. It's built on a hi-boy trailer, so it's easy to transport. The tunnel that the bag goes on extends off the back of the trailer and lifts hydraulically for transport."
  The bagger has a 13-in. auger that unloads the truck into its 700-bu. surge bin. From there, there's a 12-in. auger feeding the roller mill. Under the roller mill, is a 21-in. auger that pushes grain into the tunnel.
  "This grain bagger works good for anyone feeding TMR rations because those farmers can just load out of both grain bags and silage bags," Tolsma says.
  He built his machine about five years ago and says the substantial rig cost about $150,000 to build.
  Tolsma is interested in the possibility of hooking up with a manufacturer.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Tony Tolsma, R.R.#1, Millet, Alta., Canada T0C 1Z0 (ph 780 387-4075; email: tmtolsma@telus.net).


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2005 - Volume #29, Issue #4