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Automated Net Wrap, Twine Removal
Hillco Technologies of Idaho has created an automated twine and net wrap remover for both large round and square bales they called the Wrap Twine Remover (WTR).
    The hydraulically-driven units are compatible with Euro, skid steer, and Deere 600 and 700 series front-end loaders. Hydraulic lines can be connected to a front-end manifold or the rear of the tractor. A pair of 4 or 5-ft. arms hold a serrated cutting saw in one and a series of hooks in the other.
    A cab switch controls three separate functions.
    A cut function extends the blade to slice the length of the bale, then retract back into the arm.
    “When you make the cut, the blade will retract back into the arm at the same time hooks extend from the other arm and capture the net wrap,” says Mitchell Scott, Director of Sales.
    The bale can then be released from the arms while the hooks hold the loose wrap or twine. By using the cab switch, the cut cycle can be reversed to drop the waste wherever desired.
    “The double arms can also be rotated up and out of the way for regular bale handling activities,” Scott says.
    The units are manufactured at their Idaho shop, where components are fabricated and assembled in-house.
    The WTR equipment isn’t yet commercialized, but Hillco Technologies plans to put their latest prototype into cooperator’s hands this fall for more testing. They expect to have approximately 10 WTRs available for purchase by late 2022 or early 2023.
    Mitchell urges potential customers to contact them via the website or call the sales department directly for pricing and information.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mitchell Scott, Hillco Technologies, 1010 1st Ave., Nezperce, Idaho 83543 (ph 800-937-2461; sales@hillcotechnologies.com; www.hillcotechnologies.com).

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