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Loader Arm Made Bale Handling Easy
In the 1940’s, plenty of agricultural minds thought outside the box. One such unique piece of equipment designed to make bale handling easier was the BL 54 bale loader built by Snow-Co.
  The small bale loader attached to the side of a hayrack or truck box and rolled on tires, collecting bales from the field. As bales were approached, claw-like fingers grabbed them and raised them off the ground.
  “Like a big, tall man, it lifts the bales about 10 ft. in the air before tossing them onto a hayrack or truck box,” says Dale Rogers, recent purchaser of a BL 54. “It’s ground driven and has dogs welded onto the main wheel and the winch clutch that move to engage, hold the bale and lift it skyward.”
  Once the bale is raised to a certain height, the clutch is disengaged, the claws open and the arm assembly returns down to grab the next bale.
  Rogers’ loader was completely inoperable when he bought it, but with some help from internet pictures, a couple of homemade replacement parts, and a new paint job, he got it working like a charm.
  “They were made in the 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s and maybe even the early 70’s,” he says. “Before I bought this one, I didn’t know a machine like this even existed.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dale Rogers, P.O. Box 59, Mayfair, Sask., Canada S0M 1S0 (ph 306-246-4577; dalecmrogers@gmail.com).

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2023 - Volume #47, Issue #1