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Do-It Yourself Hay Compactor
You can build a hay compactor that will turn two small square bales into a single bale using detailed plans developed by two Canadians.
Pat Rapko of Rapko Machine in Lock-port, Manitoba and Jim Lintott with the Eastern Grasslands Society designed the compactor and built a prototype with funding from Manitoba Agriculture. It's 25 ft. long, weighs 8,000 lbs. and runs off ptopowered hydraulics. Requires a 60 to 70 hp. tractor to do the work of compactors that the builders say would cost $100,000 to $200,000. If you don't want to build your own, Rapko builds the compactor for about $32,000 (Canadian). Contact: FARM SHOW Follwoup, Rapko Machine, Lock-port, Manitoba, Canada (ph 204 757-2220).
For a copy of the plans, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Fraser Stewart, Manitoba Agriculture, Box 50, Beausejour, Manitoba ROE OCO Canada (ph 204 268-1411).

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1993 - Volume #17, Issue #4