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Straw Log Machine
The world's first straw log machine will soon be marketed worldwide by the Bermatingen Company of West Germany.
The new machine, designed to 3-pt. mount on small tractors, picks up straw or other residue in the field and uses tremendous hydraulic pressure to compress it into rock hard, fireplace size logs.
The company plans to begin production of the first-of-its-kind machine this fall. They are testing the first prototype and obtaining patents. H. Gottenbarm, Bermatingen representative, told FARM SHOW that the new machine can also make logs out of wood chips, corn stalks and other hard to compress material, such as sticks and twigs left in vineyards when grape vines are trimmed.
"You can make about 1,100 lbs. of logs per hour with our prototype machine. We have plans to build a 2,200 lb. machine in the future," says Gottenbarm. The log maker is designed to operate both in the field or as a stationary machine in the farm-yard. It works on dry or wet material, applying approximately 1,100 lbs. of pressure per square inch on compressed material.
No price has yet been set on the machine.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bermatingen Gmbh. & Co., 7775 Bermatingen/Bodensee, West Germany (ph 075 44 30 71).

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