2009 - Volume #33, Issue #3, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Big Square Bale Feed Cart
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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