2017 - Volume #41, Issue #5, Page #18[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Rotary Flax Buncher Piles Straw For Burning
He calls the rotary flax buncher the “Better Buncher”. It’s pulled behind a tractor and used after a flax crop has been harvested. The rake bunches the flax straw into piles for burning. When the operator decides there’s enough in the pile, he pushes a button and the straw flips out the back of the machine.
“Unlike with other bunchers, you don’t have to stop to drop the straw load,” says Dennis, who took first place honors in an inventions contest at the recent Canada’s Farm Progress Show.
After flax straw piles are made, farmers usually burn them because flax straw is wiry and tough; unlike other types of straw, it doesn’t break down easily in the field.
“All the other flax straw bunchers I’ve seen aren’t built very heavy, and they rely on hydraulics to dump the load. With the Better Buncher you don’t have to stop every time to dump the pile. You just push a 12-volt button on-the-go. It lets you line up all the piles in a row so they’re easier to burn.”
The machine has a 12-ft. wide basket and a big swiveling rake on back with slanted tines at both ends. The rake mounts on a horizontal steel pipe that rotates at each end on a pair of bearings. Pressing a button causes the rake to flip around 180 degrees and then lock into place to start the next pile instantly.
A pair of ground-driven wheels on one side of the machine make sure the rake stays latched.
“Another advantage is the rake tines are slanted, which helps lift straw off ground without digging up dirt,” notes Dennis.
The Better Buncher retails for $12,000 Canadian. You can see a video of the Buncher in action at FARMSHOW.COM.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ryan Dennis, Box 53, Holdfast, Sask. Canada S0G 2H0 (ph 306 488-4909 or cell ph 306 551-1440; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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