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He Built His Own 3-Pt. Bale Mover
Cow-calf operator Kylidge McNally of Bethune, Sask., already had a loader-mounted grapple fork that could carry 2 round bales at a time out to his pasture. However, he wanted to carry an extra bale on back when feeding cows to cut down on the number of trips. So he built his own 3-pt. bale forks using part of the frame and forks off an old Brandt self-loading bale processor.
“It does a good job and cost very little to build,” says McNally. “We’ve used the forks to haul more than 100 bales and find they really speed up our feeding time. We usually haul 14 bales at a time to our cows, which in the past required seven trips. Now we need to make only five trips. Also, hauling a bale behind the tractor helps balance the load.”
He flipped the bale processor’s frame 180 degrees and cut part of it off. He had 3 used Brandt bale processor forks on hand, 2 of which were bent. He cut the bent portions off both and welded the two together end-to-end to make another fork. Then he welded both forks to the frame, and also added gussets as well as pinning brackets for the tractor’s 3-pt. hitch.
You can check out videos of the home-built bale forks on McNally’s YouTube channel “KyFarmerman”.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Carr’s Repair, 7641 Hwy. 11, Barwick, Ontario, Canada (ph 807 487-2548; www.carrsrepairvintageparts.com).

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #2