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Skid Steer Multi-Bale Handler
This bale handler from Crossroads Welding grabs 5 small square bales off the field and stacks them on a flatbed or unstacks them with speed and agility. The single clamping side design nudges bales quickly into line before grabbing them. At the same time, the narrow non-clamping side can quickly settle down between sets of bales.
“I was tired of picking up 2 bales at a time with forks on my skid steer,” says Cletus Holmes, Crossroads Welding. “There are lots of bale accumulators on the market, but if a bale breaks when using one, you can spend half an hour cleaning it out. With this design, that’s not a problem.”
Holmes builds a wide range of products for area farmers and ranchers. They include fence panels, gates, and steel buildings of all sizes and shapes, from double-wide barns to simple well coverings. Everything can be customized, explains Holmes.
“I wanted it well-built, but not too heavy,” says Holmes. “Those small squares can weigh 80 to 100 lbs. I didn’t want a small skid steer to overbalance forward when it picked up 5 bales.
“I made it for small farmers. It makes collecting bales a one-man job.”
The bale handler is currently priced at $2,000, but that is subject to the price of steel, advises Holmes.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Crossroads Welding, 1290 35 Rd., Box 317, Minden, Neb. 68959 (ph 308 832-1287; ph 800 807-5002; www.crossroadswelding.com).

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