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Screw In Spikes For Round Bale Covers
You can make your own round bale covers that are better than anything on the market, according to an Iowa farmer who manufactures screw-in bale spikes that won't work loose in heavy winds.
Bob Lehman says he's already sold several thousand of his bale spikes without a complaint. "We tried other products on the market but found that after a few months they would work loose. Because these screw down into the bale they stay tight all winter."
The twisted spikes, bent like a corkscrew, are made from flexible steel rod. They screw in through a grommet or clip. Lehman says farmers buy any commercial tarp and then use his spikes. Some farm stores sell his spikes in a package with a tarp. Most farmers use 6 to 10 spikes per bale. First year cost for tarp and spikes averages $6.00. After that it costs about $1.00 per bale per year to cover since spikes, which sell for 30 cents apiece, last forever and tarps last 2 to 3 years.
For more information, contact FARM SHOW Followup, Lehman's Bale Cover Binders, Rt. 1, Box 159, West Liberty, Iowa 53776 (ph 319 627-2095).

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1987 - Volume #11, Issue #2