2021 - Volume #45, Issue #5, Page #39[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Rotary Fork Spreads Bedding Fast
The machine was designed to quickly and efficiently spread straw or shavings as bedding throughout poultry barns. It easily hooks to the front of a tractor or skid steer with universal mounts. Tractor hydraulics power the fork.
“It’s really easy to attach or remove. It’s no different than changing a bucket - just hydraulic hoses. Nothing is electric,” says Scholten.
A horizontal drum fitted with replaceable fingers spins and spreads the bedding material, driven by a variable speed hydraulic motor. The fork comes equipped with an overload in case something stalls the drum. It easily spreads clumps and bales of straw or shavings to create a neat and uniform bed.
“It does an amazing job,” Scholten says. “An average size barn of 15,000 sq. ft. would take 3 people roughly 6 or 7 hrs. to spread bedding uniformly with hand forks. The Rotary Fork completes the same task in about an hour and a half.
County Line Equipment manufactures the Rotary Forks from scratch in their Listowel, Ontario plant. Their 5 and 10-ft. models sell for $5,600 and $7,800 (Can.) respectively plus S&H.
“It’s unbelievable the calls we’ve been getting about them. They’re an incredible machine. Right now, we’re selling across Canada with a bunch in Manitoba and in Quebec. There seems to be more demand with farms getting bigger and the labor force becoming hard to find and hold on to.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Neil Scholten, County-Line Equipment Ltd., 8582 Hwy 23 N., Listowel, Ontario Canada N4W 3G6 (ph 800 463-7622; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.county-line.ca).
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