2014 - Volume #BFS, Issue #14, Page #16
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Easy Way To Slice Round Bales
Amos King likes his electric bale saw so much he started selling them. The Italian-made, handheld saw first featured in FARM SHOW way back in 1981 (Vol. 5, No. 3) slices open big round bales or the face of a silage pile with practically no effort.
  “We’ve had one on our farm for about 11 years and wouldn’t be without it,” says King. “You just set the blade on the bale and turn it on. The cutting surfaces practically pull it into the bale. You don’t need to push hard at all unless the hay is wet.”
  The bale saw has twin fan-shaped faces with two cutting edges on the bottom. The twin faces narrow as they approach the electric motor, controls and handholds.
  “The cutting edges reciprocate against each other about half an inch,” explains King. “If you’re careful not to push it into wood or concrete surfaces, you can go 6 months without sharpening.”
  The original Tagliafieno, as it was called in Italy, weighed 39 lbs. Since being redesigned, it now weighs 34 lbs. It’s 35 in. long. The cutting blades are 19 in. wide and 21 in. long, tapering to a 4 1/2-in. waist where they meet the power and control half of the machine.
  The bale saw operates on 110V current. Sells for $1,742.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Oregon Ag. LLC, 1150 E. Oregon Rd., Lititz, Penn. 17543 (ph 717 656-0067).

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2014 - Volume #BFS, Issue #14