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Bale Unroller Mounts On Front Of Pickup
Andy Anderson, Okolona, Miss., needed a round bale unroller but couldn’t find a commercial unit that would meet his needs. He came up with a low-cost solution by mounting the wheels and axle off an old trailer to the front of his pickup.
  He welded a pair of receiver hitches to the trailer axle and then bolted a pair of steel tubes to the grill guard, which supports a Warn winch. The receiver hitches slide over the tubes and pin in place.
  The inflatable 18-in. high wheels, spaced 4 ft. apart and about 30 in. off the ground, spin freely. To unroll a bale, Anderson simply drives forward and pushes the wheels against the bale.
  “It’s a simple, low-cost system with almost nothing to go wrong,” says Anderson, who runs a cow-calf operation. “I’ve used it for several years to feed Bermuda grass bales to my cows. I pull a trailer behind the pickup to haul bales to the field and then use the pickup to unroll it. The cows eat all the hay and waste very little.
  “To remove the unroller I just pull 2 pins from the receiver hitches.”
  He says it’s important to use inflatable wheels in order to grip the bale and cause it to unroll. “I tried using steel wheels at first, but they didn’t work very well.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Andy Anderson, P.O. Box 525, Co. Rd. 137, Okolona, Miss. 38860 (ph 662 610-0500; nanderson5038@att.net).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #1