2016 - Volume #40, Issue #1, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Mini-Mover Handles Big Bales Fine
“I probably overbuilt it,” he allows. “I suspect it could carry as much as 10,000 lbs.”
The mover is a 2-wheel trailer. Wheel hubs with rubber block suspension mount to a center axle made from 6 1/2-ft. lengths of 7-in. angle iron. The 2 by 3-in. steel tubing tongue is welded to the axle and reinforced with 2 lengths of 3-in. angle iron. They run to the ends of the axle from near the mid point on the tongue.
The triangular spear base is about 3 1/2 ft. to a side with a center post of 2 by 3-in. steel tubing and angle iron sides. The spear base is hinged to the axle. A hydraulic cylinder is pinned between ears welded to the tongue and the center post of the spear base. It pushes the spears into a horizontal position for spearing the bale and then pulls them back to about a 45-degree angle to carry the bale.
The center spear is a standard commercial bale spear. Lochhead fabricated smaller spears that he attached to the lower corners of the spear base. They grab and hold the bale, keeping it from spinning on the main spear.
Lochhead doesn’t put a price on the mover. “For the most part, I just used whatever I had around the place,” he says.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Eugene Lochhead, Kamloops, B.C., Canada (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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