2021 - Volume #45, Issue #5, Page #26[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Tire Base Makes A Tough Bale Feeder
“Over our years farming, we saw how many round bale feeders got junked and destroyed,” says Jerome Brunner, Extremely Tough Feeders. “The lower rings always rusted out. We decided there had to be something better.”
Brunner started with the steel. He uses 3/4 by 3/4-in. solid steel bars for the uprights. The bottom ring is 1 1/2 by 1 1/2 by 1/4-in. steel. The upper ring is 1 1/4 by 1 1/4 by 3/16 in. It is all heavy gauge. The 46-in. tall feeder is 96-in. dia. at the top, narrowing to 70 in. at the bottom.
“A lot of bale feeders use thin material, sometimes even 14 gauge,” says Brunner. “They rust out or wear out.”
Good steel is one reason Brunner offers a 6-year warranty. Equally important is attaching the feeder to a 42-in. or larger, used tractor tire.
“Our customers supply the tire,” says Brunner. “They are practically indestructible and often hard to get rid of. The tire takes the abuse of equipment like skid steers working around it, and it lasts and lasts.”
The feeder splits in half for shipping. Setting one up is just a matter of bolting it together and bolting it to the tire. Stainless steel fasteners add to longevity.
“People tell us they really like the idea of a bale feeder that will last, doesn’t freeze down, and at only $750, isn’t expensive,” says Brunner.
He suggests adding a stall mat at the bottom of the tire for feeding silage, grain or a TMR ration.
The Extremely Tough Feeder will soon have a sister product. Brunner is working on a mineral feeder using the same concept.
“Rusted-out mineral feeders are a big problem for cattle farmers and horse owners alike,” says Brunner. “We are working on the solution in our shop right now.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Extremely Tough Feeders, 10709 Tesch Ln., Rothschild, Wis. 54474 (ph 715 506-2336 or 715 850-0908; email@example.com).
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