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Round Bale Mover Built From Corn Planter
“It may look a little different, but it works great and saved me money,” says Billy Mayhew, Bedford, Va., who converted an Allis Chalmers 4-row corn planter into a 2-wheeled round bale mover.
  He pulls the unit behind his 4-wheeler and uses a remote controlled electric winch to raise and lower the bale.
  “To build it I took all the seed boxes off the planter and welded 2 braces to the bottom of the planter carriage, then bolted on a 3-pt. mounted bale spear,” says Mayhew. “Spacers in the bolts allow the spear to pivot. I added a receiver hitch to the planter frame and mounted a 2,000-lb., 12-volt winch on it. The winch is used to tilt the spear forward and backward in order to raise and lower the bale.”
  When not in use, the remote control stores on a length of tubing attached to the receiver hitch. “To use the winch on my pickup I just pull a pin and remove the receiver hitch, winch and remote control together as one unit,” says Mayhew.
  He took a hydraulic cylinder off the planter carriage and added a top link that lets him adjust the position of the carriage. “I plan to get rid of the winch and replace the top link with a 12-volt actuator, which will let me raise and lower the wheels instead of the bale spear,” notes Mayhew.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Billy Mayhew, 1371 Dozer Ln, Bedford, Va. 24523 (ph 540 537-2582; mayhewsons@gmail.com).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #6