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Horse-Drawn Big Bale Wagon
Bart Spear can feed hay to 1,000 head of cattle in 2 1/2 to 3 hrs. using a single team of horses. His wagon-mounted DewEze bale handler makes it easy to haul out 2 big bales at a time.
  “I can feed them in 1 1/2 to 2 hrs. with my big feed wagon and tractor,” explains Spear. “But when I have time, I like to use the horses. I enjoy it, and the horses enjoy a good workout. This past winter I used them every day for a month.”
  Installing the bale handler was a relatively simple process. He spent only about 2 1/2 hrs. to put the horse-drawn system together. The vintage DewEze mechanism was the first unit the company introduced and was designed for mounting in an existing pickup bed.
  “It sat in my neighbors’ weed pile for years until I put it to use,” says Spear. “I beefed up the stress points in the wagon with 3-in. angle and channel iron for added stability.”
  Mounting arms for the DewEze attach with just 4 bolts, making it easy to remove. The arms for the rear-mount unit extend forward past the center of the wagon. This carries the weight of the loaded bales forward as well.
  “The wagon handles well,” says Spear. “I’ve taken the horses with a loaded wagon up some pretty steep hills.”
  To power the electric-over-hydraulic system, Spear added a heavy-duty truck battery to the standard pickup battery used with a DewEze. That gives him plenty of power to get the job done each day.
  “When I’m done feeding, I hook up a battery charger to both batteries so they are ready to go the next morning,” says Spear. “It really speeds things up.”
  Spear reports the system has been trouble free and is a pleasure for someone who likes working with horses. “I grew up around teams as my dad always had some,” says Spear. “He is in his 80’s now, and he thinks the bale wagon is awful neat.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bart Spear, 21 Waring Rd., Loomis, Wash. 98827 (ph 509 429-0760; spearranch-roxie@hotmail.com).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #3