2013 - Volume #37, Issue #6, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Compact Cart Unrolls Big Round Bales
“Our customers tell us they prefer feeding to the side for most applications, rather than off the front or back like other carts,” says Philip Rissler. “One large freestall operator says he prefers starting up our little 9 hp motor to starting up a large tractor and running a bale through a vertical mixer just to feed some hay.”
Rissler says his customers range from small herds to large dairies with several hundred head that may buy multiple units. “Our most common customer has a 50 to 100-cow tie-stall dairy,” he says. “At a 41-in. width and a maximum bale size of 4 by 4 ft., the smaller model 444 is designed to fit through most traditional barn doors. The 47-in. model 544 with a maximum bale size of 5 by 4 ft. has a width of 47 in. Both work great in freestalls and work with either dry or wet bales.”
The operator stands on a platform to the rear of the cart and uses joystick controls. The 4 drive rollers have a speed range of 25 to 45 ft. per min. Both carts feature 16-in. tires with independent hydraulic drive powered by a 9 hp Honda engine.
“The Honda brand has helped us sell a lot of carts,” says Rissler.
The 444 is priced at $7,200, and the 544 is priced at $7,400. Rissler also makes 3-pt. hitch and stationary versions with hydraulic drives. The 3-pt. 420 is priced at $4,100, while the larger 520 is priced at $4,300. The model 444S (stationary) is priced at $3,550, and the model 544S is priced at $3,770.
The carts are designed for primary use on hard surface areas. Rissler recommends the optional air-filled swivel tires for use on rougher terrain.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, I.H. Rissler TMR Mixers, 448 Orchard Rd., Mohnton, Penn. 19540 (ph 717 484-0551; toll free 800 436-5623).
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