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Swedish Bale Trailer Fitted With Retractable Side Rails
No straps are needed when hauling big bales with the MetaX bale trailers from Swedish firm Metsjö AB. Hydraulically activated arms mounted at deck level rise up to press into bales with up to 6 1/2 tons of pressure. The trailers come in 30 and 40-ft. lengths and have transit speed of just over 30 mph.
“We have not yet sold into the North American market, but we export our products to most European countries,” says Loa Ivarsson, Metsjö AB. “FARM SHOW readers can order direct from us if interested.”
The 30-ft. version has a payload weight of 14 tons with a 2-axle design and 22 tons with a 3-axle design. The 40-ft. model is available with 2 axles and has a payload of 15.8 tons. It can carry up to thirty, 4-ft. dia. bales or up to 60 big squares. The trailers are all equipped with hydraulic brakes on all drums.
The twin tube arms are fabricated from high tensile strength, steel tubes. The deck level mount means no ledge to lift bales over nor is there framework hanging below the deck.
A double-acting spool valve raises the upper of 2 tubes, pulling the lower tube along with a simple mechanical linkage. A manual valve on the drawbar allows hydraulic control of a single side. Arm positioning can be adjusted to the size of the bale.
Ivarsson reports the list price of the 40-ft. model is $33,700.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ivarssons i Metsjö AB, Norrgård Metsjö, 585 92 Linköping, Sweden (ph +46 13 480 15 53; www.metsjo.de/en).

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2019 - Volume #43, Issue #6