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Pickup Spear For Big Bales
One of the simplest and least expensive systems we've seen for moving big bales is a pickup spear, from Schremmer Manufacturing, Utica, Kan.
The pickup spear weights 250 lbs. and bolts to the bed of a pickup with just two bolts. Lift comes from a two-way drive Dayton winch rated at 1,500 lbs. capacity. The lifting cable, however, runs through three pulleys which, according to Stan Schremmer, inventor of the spear, increases capacity to 4,500 lbs.
"We've got two-way lift so bales don't just drop to the ground, which would tangle the cable. The spear is spring-loaded so that, when it's empty, tension is maintained on the cable," says Schremmer.
A remote control switch mounts in the cab so you don't have to get out to load and unload bales. Takes about one minute to lift a bale into the pickup.
Schremmer notes that his bale lift won't interfere with 150-gal. fuel tanks or L-shaped tanks and tool boxes.
"It will also straddle the 5th-wheel ball hitch," says Schremmer. "In fact, some owners of the lift weld a 5th-wheel adapter to the unit and then simply snap the unit down over the ball."
A circuit breaker on the heavy-duty winch prevents overheating and burn out. Unit comes complete with wiring harness and control for the cab. Retail price, fob Utica, is $450. For more information, contact:
FARM SHOW Followup, Stan Schremmer, Schremmer Manufacturing, Utica, Kan. 67584 (ph 913 391-2285).

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