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Big Bale Handler Carries 6 at Once
The first tractor-mounted bale carrier able to handle 6 bales at once is on the market in Britain.
Stephen Metcalfe of S.G.M. Engineering, North Yorkshire, told FARM SHOW the 2-piece bale carrier, which mounts front and rear, requires only an 80 hp. tractor to handle 6 bales since the bales are held in close to the tractor frame and therefore don't unbalance it. "You can carry two bales alone on the front or four bales alone at the back. They're not needed to counterbalance each other," he says.
Each bale is carried on two 40-in. long tines. The rear loader, which fits the 3-pt., picks up the first two bales on an upper carrier and then lifts them straight up into an upper, vertical carrying position. Then the bottom carrier picks up two more bales, holding them in a lower, horizontal position. The front loader attaches either in place of the bucket on a front-end loader or on a front 3-pt.
The two-part 6-bale carrier sells for about $2,000, or you can purchase the 4-bale and 2-bale carrier components separately. The standard model is designed for 5-ft. dia. bales. A model designed for 6-ft. dia. bales is also available. Metcalfe is looking for a U.S. distributor.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, S.G.M. Engineering, West Appleton, Hornby, Bedale, N. Yorks., England DL8 INN (ph 0748 811636).

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1987 - Volume #11, Issue #3