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Grip Strips Make Bale Loading Safer
Stacking square bales on hay wagons has been a much safer job since George Hubka added adhesive stair tread strips to the front of his wagons.
  “Anyone who has ever been on a flatbed hay wagon stacking small square bales coming from the baler soon learns that the surface of the wagon bed can be slippery and dangerous,” says the Dowling, Mich., farmer. “Especially with sudden braking and when traveling along sidehills.”
  Hubka purchased a 2-in. wide, 60-ft. long roll of adhesive fiber-backed, abrasive surface material that is used on steps in many commercial buildings and schools. He cut it in 3-ft. lengths and placed the strips 1 to 3 in. apart to create a 3-ft. square on the wagon.
  “Any unpainted wooden surface needs to be primer painted where the strips will be placed,” Hubka says. “They can also be used on any steel wagon bed, painted or unpainted as long as all dirt and loose material have been removed.”
  He adds that he also rounds the corners of the strips so they don’t catch as easily.
  The strips can be found at Gemplers (ph 800 382-8473; www.gemplers.com). A 50-ft. roll of 2-in. tape sells for $24.35.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, George Hubka, 3691 Bristol Oaks, Dowling, Mich. 49050 (ph 269 721-3830; geo_mgnews@yahoo.com).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #5