2023 - Volume #47, Issue #1, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Kit Adds Third Bale Capacity To Processor
“We challenged our engineers to fit a third bale on our standard-length processor frame, and they didn’t disappoint,” says Kevin Hruska, Bridgeview Mfg. “They added a set of grapple arms that hold the third bale in otherwise wasted space behind the tub.”
Competitive three-bale capacity processors lengthen the tub and rotor to hold two bales. The 5300, with its one-bale tub, offers a tighter turning radius and less mechanical complexity.
Loading forks lift one bale into the tub. They raise a second bale into position directly behind the tub for the grapple arms that are added with the kit. The loading forks then lift a third bale to a transit position as they would with the two-bale 5300.
“The three-bale kit is a flexible alternative for cattlemen needing more capacity, but not quite in need of a six-bale processor,” says Hruska. “The hydraulic grapples simply bolt-on and can be installed in the factory or the field.”
Other enhancements with the 5300 include more aggressive bale rollers, improved bale containment, and an improved panel design to reduce chaff build-up. The company also simplified serviceability and increased the hoop grate adjustment range. The latter allows it to handle a wider range of bale types, from silage to straw, by adjusting an ergonomically designed lever.
The 5300 three-bale kit is compatible with another Bale King option, the Total Ration Kit with its 40-bushel TR kit. It too is a bolt-on accessory. It side mounts with a rear discharge auger to dispense grain directly onto a processed windrow. The independent auger can be positioned to fill feed troughs, as well as dispense grain into piles.
Bridgeview Mfg. markets its Bale King processors and other products through dealers in the U.S. and Canada. Contact local dealers found on the company website for product prices.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bridgeview Manufacturing Inc., Box 4, Hwy 22, Gerald, Sask., Canada S0A 1B0 (ph 306-745-2711; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.bridgeviewmanufacturing.com).
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