2009 - Volume #33, Issue #2, Page #19[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Silage Roller "Massages" Air Out Of Bunker Silo
The wheels are spaced apart 12 in. on center with 2 or 3-in. rims. "In addition to packing, the wheels have a bit of a raking action," Spanjer adds. "The rims sink up to 6 in. and bring loose material back up, which levels the pile. That results in less air under the tarp and a more stable driving surface."
The Silage Roller packs down hard, with variable weight according to your tractor and type of crop. Rollers are custom-made for each customer's operation and can have anywhere from 7 to 16 wheels. Driving at 3 to 5 mph, and moving over 3 to 4 in. at a time, packers can keep up with big self-propelled harvesting equipment.
"The bigger the operation the more farmers appreciate the impact roller," Spanjer says. "We were on an operation in New York where they had 600 hp equipment cutting the silage and five dump trucks, and the packer was keeping up with that."
The Spanjer Impact Silage Roller starts at $6,000.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Spanjer Impact Silage Roller, 50-715 Doon Village Road, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada N2P 2A2 (ph 519 897-1891; www.spanjermachines. com).
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