1992 - Volume #16, Issue #3, Page #03[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Rotating Bale Spike On Grapple Fork"I've used it to unroll hundreds of hay and straw bales without a problem. It's like having two pieces of equipment mounted on the front-end loader at once," says Leroy Staffanson, Sidney, Mont., about his rotating bale spike that mounts on the back side of a grapple fork so that the fork can still be used normally without removing the spike.
"It doesn't interfere with use of the fork at all. I can grab a bale and transport it or turn it around with the grapple fork and then spear it with the spike for unrolling. Makes bale handling much more efficient than if the spike were mounted on a rear 3-pt.," says Staffanson, who uses the grapple fork-spike combo on an IH industrial loader tractor.
The bale spike is chain-driven by a hydraulic motor. It can unroll in either direction.
Staffanson is looking for a manufacturer for the new bale unroller.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Leroy Staffanson, Rt. 1, Box 3076, Sidney, Mont. 59270.
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