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Easy-To-Use Big Bale Unrollers
When he switched from small square bales to big round ones to feed his animals, Mike Esh needed an easy way to handle them. His solution was a unique device he calls Mr. Bale Spinner.
  Unrolling big round bales in pens or pastures also can be difficult, especially on flat ground. His bale spinner solved both problems.
  Whether mounted to a skid steer loader or on its own 7 by 7-ft. tag-along cart, the device grabs the bales and lifts them off the ground. In addition to standard clamping arms, it employs plates on the arms that let the bale spin free.
  The quick-tach mounted spinner uses a hydraulic motor with a chain drive to spin the bale. The tag-along spinner uses a hand crank. Either way, Esh can control how much hay he unrolls.
  “The crank mechanism is geared down, making it easy to spin the bale forward or backward when using it,” says Esh. “With the motor on the skid steer unit, I can unroll a bale in about 30 secs.”
  While the skid steer model uses on-board hydraulics, the tag-along unit uses a 2-stage manual pump. It opens and closes the arms. Redirecting the flow through a different valve provides pinch and lift.
  “The tag-along is designed to be used with an ATV or anything larger, or it can be left in place and hay spun off as needed,” says Esh. “It is a way for a person with a few animals to make use of big round bales.”
  Esh has also used his skid steer-mounted, bale spinner to unroll big round bales into a small square baler for repackaging. He can adjust the unrolling speed to match baler intake.
  Esh builds the units himself and has started selling them. The skid loader unit is priced at $2,400. The tag-along Mr. Bale Spinner is priced at $3,600. Prices may vary with the cost of materials. Options include adding a battery-powered hydraulic pump to the tag-along.
  “The arms and hydraulic systems were designed by Beiler Hydraulics,” notes Esh. “They offer multiple systems that could be adapted to Mr. Bale Spinner.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mike Esh, 1803 Mountain Rd., Newburg, Penn. 17240 (ph 717 423-6679).

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2018 - Volume #42, Issue #2