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Big Square Bale Feed Cart
A new self-propelled cart from I.H. Rissler Manufacturing makes it easy to feed out one big square bale at a time in tight quarters. Hydraulic drive wheels combined with twin 12-in. pneumatic swivel tires make 90 degree turns possible. An extra long wheelbase ensures stability, and the 16-in. lug drive wheels offer plenty of traction.
The cart is based on Rissler's popular large round bale unroller, but with features specific to square bales.
"This was really my pet project, as I needed a way to use big square bales on my farm," says Ivan Rissler. "I designed it so you can drive up to a big bale and load it with the cart. You can even pick up a partial bale if it's against a wall or other support."
The tilting bed has a front powered rotor. The 20-in. wide rotor has five toothed sprockets that grab the bale to pull it up and onto the cart platform. Plastic 3-in. caster wheels mounted to the side of the rotor prevent the bed from digging into the surface beneath the bale as it's being loaded.
"It's available with a 6 1/2-ft. bed or with a telescoping bed that can extend out an additional 20 in. to carry 8-ft. bales," says Rissler.
The standard cart is priced at $7,000, or $8,000 for the extended-bed cart. Both are powered by 9-hp overhead valve Honda engines. Hydraulics for the 16-in. lug drive wheels, power rotor and tilting bed are provided by a 5.5 gpm open-center hydraulic pump. Three solenoid valves feed power to the wheel motors and bed lift. The joystick handlebar gives the operator on the riding platform fingertip control of the all-hydraulic cart.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, I.H. Rissler, 448 Orchard Road, Mohnton, Penn. 19540 (ph 717 484-0551; toll free 800 436-5623; fax 717 484-1069).

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2009 - Volume #33, Issue #3