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Hauling Big Round Bales
We began making big round bales 15 years ago and have tried several methods of hauling them. Some worked and some didn't. For example, we found that a trailer made from a bus frame was too heavy and cumbersome. One of the best ideas we've tried is attaching wood racks to standard wagon frames, ganging a pair of wagons together. They're not fancy but you can haul 8 bales on each wagon and carry one on the rear of the tractor. We lay heavy 4 by 6-in. beams across the frame and tie them in place with baler twine. I used to lag-bolt them but it's impossible to load and unload bales without occasionally hooking the cross-beams and twine's much easier to replace.
We also converted a tandem axle house trailer into a handy, easy-to-load bale wagon. We cut 6 ft. off the 30-ft. frame and moved the axles ahead to balance it. Cross pipes - 2 1/2-in. dia. and 8 ft. long - weld to the frame, which is low to the ground for easy loading. I pull the trailer with a pickup but have thought about putting jack stands under the front end so I can pick it up with a tractor drawbar. (David S. Brown, Rt. 1, Sher-man, N.Y. 14781)

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1990 - Volume #14, Issue #4