1988 - Volume #12, Issue #1, Page #21[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
New Shredder Makes Straw DustAnew straw shredder chops straw up so fine it's got the consistency of saw dust.
Karl Scherz says the finely shredded straw his machine makes is much more absorbent when used as litter than the straw cut by conventional bale shredders, which generally use sickle sections to do the shredding.
Powered either by a 10 hp, electric motor or a 15-hp. tractor pto, the shredder looks like other barrel-type bale shredders. At the bottom of the shredder, two large round blades that look like large circular saw blades, overlap each other. Two long knife sections run across the diameter of the tope blade. The two knife sections shred the straw bales into small pieces which then get cut into even smaller pieces by the teeth on the two circular blades. When the cut-up straw falls down through the teeth, it's blown out a side spout.
Length of cut can be adjusted from 1/4 in. to 1/2 in. by changing blades. Sells for $2,000. The company also makes larger, , stationary shredders with conveyors for handling large round bales and larger, commercial volumes of litter.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Scherz & Co., A-8530 Deutschlanddsberg, Austria (ph 03462 2920).
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