1992 - Volume #16, Issue #1, Page #04[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
On the go bale wrap machineYou've never seen anything quite like this home-built "on-the-go" bale wrap machine that Lewis Zimmerman, East Earl, Penn., pulls behind his Deere 530 round baler.
The add-on machine attaches to the baler axle. It loads and wraps round bales in one operation, controlled by an operator on a side-mounted platform. The machine's turntable hydraulically tilts 45? forward to accept bales as they exit the bale chamber and tilts 45? backward to dump them off after they're wrapped.
`It eliminates the time and tractor needed to pick up bales from the field and haul them to a stationary bale wrap machine," says Zimmerman. "It saves an operation and doesn't slow up the baler at all. It also allows me to wrap high moisture bales onthe-go while they're perfectly round to ensure trouble-free wrapping."
Once bale is wrapped, it falls onto a 5-ft. wide, 6-ft. long section of canvas that's bolted behind the bale wrap machine and drags along the ground Bale is pulled along on canvas fora short distance, then rolls off.
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