1983 - Volume #7, Issue #2, Page #21[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Silage Stuffers Catching On Fast
Silopress, headquartered at Sioux City, Iowa, first introduced the low-cost sealed storage "stuffing" concept from Germany about 20 years ago. About five years ago, a group headed by several former Silopress distributors spun off to manufacture and market the Ag-Bag machine, manufactured in Astoria, Oreg., by the Ag-Bag Corporation.
Now, several former Ag-Bag distributors have teamed up to manufacture and market their own competing machine called the Bag-All. The fourth company competing for a share of the growing "silage stuffer" market is the Max-Pac, manufactured by Agri-Marketing Development, Elkhart, Ind. It was first featured in FARM SHOW a year ago (Vol. 6, No. 2, 1982).
"Our new machine features an exclusive direct drive hydraulic system and has 20% more capacity (1 1/2 tons per min.) than competing models," says Terry Miller, American Bag-
All's general sales manager. "By replacing all drive belts and chains with hydraulics, we have few moving parts and are able to offer a full year warranty on both the machine and our bags."
Price tag on the new Bag-All is $24,000 for the hydraulic model (pto-driven hydraulic pump with direct drive into planetary gears). It's also available in a non-hydraulic model (pto-driven gearbox).
Other features include hydraulic cable rewind, 3/8 in. galvanized air-craft cable, variable speed rotor, and fifty 3/4 in. tines for better compaction (60 lbs. of high moisture forage per cu. ft.).
American Bag-All is offering standard 180 ton plastic bags (9 ft. dia.) with a black inside liner (41/s mil) and a white outside liner (51/2 mil). They retail for $300 each. A larger Bag-All for stuffing 12 ft. dia. bags will be introduced later this year, according to Miller.
For more details, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, American Bag-All Inc., 107 Spring Hill Lane, Lebanon, Penn. 17042 (ph 717 274-2225).
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