1987 - Volume #11, Issue #2, Page #25[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Screw in spikes for round bale coversYou 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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