2009 - Volume #33, Issue #1, Page #26[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Bale Unroller Mounts On Grapple Fork
McManaman is working with Mark Carraher, a local farmer who invented the patent pending bale unrolling device. It consists of a 5-ft. long, 6-in. dia. metal roller mounted on a 6-ft. length of channel iron that clamps onto the outside prongs of a grapple fork. A 1-in. dia. shaft inside the roller rotates on 1-in. mounted bearings. The channel iron attaches to the grapple fork with 1/2-in. U-bolts and rigid 1/2-in. mounting plates.
"It's convenient to use because it doesn't require any hydraulics, and because it's never in the way if you want to use your loader bucket to do other jobs," says McManaman. "You just drop the bale on the ground, then lower the grapple fork and drive forward to unroll the bale. It works better than 3-pt. mounted unrollers, which have to be disconnected if you want to pull anything else behind your tractor. The channel iron mounting bracket is wide enough to fit any grapple fork."
Sells for $649 plus S&H.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mark Carraher, 81523 503rd Ave., Spalding, Neb. 68665 (ph 308 750-8847; Mcman1@frontiernet.net).
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