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Heavy Packer Produces Better Silage
Packing bunker silage with heavy 4-WD tractors has been common practice for years, but that might change if the Max Pack silage compaction roller catches on. Hooked to a tractor 3-pt. hitch, the 32-in. dia. Max Pack roller squeezes air out of silage more effectively than tractor tires because of its unique design.
Andrew Roosendaal of Zuidervaart Agri says the Max Pack is especially effective because of the concentrated weight on the roller, along with 4-in. tall fins that provide concentrated compression. The fins also provide a raking action that levels silage as the roller is being pulled over a bunker.
Four different models of the Max Pack are 8 to 13 ft. wide and weigh from 7,700 to 10,600 lbs. when filled with water. Roosendaal says internal baffles prevent water from sloshing when the roller is moving and provide a continuous packing action.
The Max Pack roller is guided by a heavy-duty frame that hooks to a standard CAT III 3-pt. hitch. Metal bump wheels on the frame corners let the implement work right next to bunker walls without hampering the roller movement or damaging the side of a bunker. A hydraulic cylinder moves the roller up to 3 ft. left or right from the tractor to aid packing and provide safer operation, especially when silage is above the bunker walls.
Roosendaal says the Max Pack does an outstanding job of squeezing air out of silage, including right next to bunker walls, packing it tightly to preserve quality and provide excellent quality stored feed. Depending on model size the Max Packer can be mounted on smaller MFWD tractors up to large -WDs. Pricing starts at $10,150 CDN.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Zuidervaart Agri-Import, 5259 Hwy. 8, Box 306, Mitchell, Ontario N0K 1N0 (ph 519 393-8290; zuid-agri@quadro.net; www.zuidervaartagri.com).

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #2