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Automatic Bale Wrapping Station
Inventor Geoff Eyre, Derbyshire, England, didn’t like wrapping bales in the field where he would later have to pick them up, always having to be careful not to damage the plastic wrap.
    That’s what prompted him to design and build what he calls a “wrapping station” that makes wrapping a large group of round bales faster and more efficient.
    Eyre invented the Traileyre round bale hauler more than 30 years ago (see FARM SHOW’s Vol. 24, No. 4). It’s still a popular bale hauler in the UK.
    His idea for a wrapping station is that one man and a tractor could wrap bales after they’re hauled off the field. The wrapping unit and conveyor are designed to load bales into the wrapper automatically.
    Bales are dropped onto a pair of straight-rail conveyors that each hold 3 bales. They feed bales to a stationary wrapping unit.
    Sprocket drives at either end drive apron chains fitted with cross bars that move bales down the conveyor.
    Bales are wrapped by 2 McHale stationary units that were lowered about 6 in. In less than a minute, using his Traileyre bale hauler, Eyre can drop off 6 bales and head back to the field.
    Power for the wrapping system comes from a stationary 27 hp. diesel engine fitted with two hydraulic pumps. Lift arms fitted with wheels move bales from the conveyors onto the wrappers.
    Eyre says he’s confident the bale wrappers, in conjunction with his Traileyre bale hauler, will be able to wrap 180 bales per hour.
    It’s still at the prototype state but Eyre expects the whole package of two conveyors, wrappers and a diesel power plant to sell for about $26,000.

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2018 - Volume #42, Issue #4