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“Simple” Retriever Picks Up Round Bales
The Ranch Hand is a single-row 8-bale retriever built with a heavy-duty steel frame and equipped with eight 280/70R15 Firestone tires mounted on greased 6-bolt hubs.
“Dual oscillating axles support the wheels, allowing for smooth travel over peaked roads and the roughest fields,” says Brent Gokie, KM co-owner. “They use a back and forth and side-to-side motion to keep things level.”
To pick up bales, a hydraulically operated cradle is lowered to the ground to collect, lift and flip them onto the retriever’s long table. From there, smooth-sided chains move them rearward, clear of any incoming bales.
    To unload the trailer, the table is hydraulically lifted, and the chain engaged to carry the bales out the rear making neat rows as the tractor is slowly driven forward.
The table chains also have lugged portions that can be used to load rows of bales from the field if desired.
Kramer Manufacturing has been in business for 87 years and ships equipment internationally to Canada, Russia, and Ukraine, plus nationally to 37 U.S. states. Dealerships are established mainly throughout the Dakotas, Wyoming, Kansas and Montana regions.
The Ranch Hand 8-bale retrievers are built in Atkinson, Neb., and sell for $26,000 plus S&H.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Brent Gokie, Kramer Manufacturing, 108 West Union St., Atkinson, Neb. 68713 (ph 402-925-5433; brentdgokie@gmail.com; www.kramermanufacturing.com).

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