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Roll Stand Reduces Plastic Waste
At $3,000 for a 1,150-ft. roll of silage sheeting, farmers don’t want to waste it. So, Chris Kerfeld, who sells the sheeting, designed the E-Z Roll Stand to protect and roll out the plastic.
  “With large rolls, you use just what you need, and what you’d lose on waste pays for the stand,” he says. “If you only use half of the plastic, just park it in the shed. Nothing’s going to damage it. The frame of steel protects it.”
  He notes that farmers often use pipes, spears and payloaders to move the plastic around and end up making holes or tears in the plastic.
  The 500-lb. heavy-duty stands are made by a local, Sauk Centre, Minn., company out of powder-coated square tubing. Stands come with a quick hitch for a skid loader, and can be adapted for a 3-pt. hitch.
  Cost for the basic master roll unit is $895, but most customers buy the model with a top bar to hold the oxygen barrier wrap for $1,250.
  Kerfeld ships the E-Z Roll Stand on a pallet by freight. He adds that in addition to plastics for agriculture use, he sells plastic for ice rink liners – custom cut so there is no waste.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Blue Lake Plastics, LLC, 44567 421st St., Sauk Centre, Minn. 56378 (ph 320 333-9255; www.bluelakeplastics.com).

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #6