1990 - Volume #14, Issue #4, Page #16[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
One man machine stacks bales vertically or in line
It's equipped with a hydraulically-operated push arm that moves each bale 5 ft. towards the rear as it's loaded onto the platform. Bales are pushed back "on the go" while the operator drives from one bale to the next.
"With bales close at hand, one man can load 4 bales in 60 seconds, and unload them in 10 seconds," says Bernard Adam, inventor-manufacturer. "We think it's the fastest, most versatile and most cost-efficient bale handler on the market."
With hay bales being stacked in-line on the ground, the loader can carry 4 bales. The operator can transport 6 bales to head-quarters per trip (4 on the loader, 1 in the cradle and 1 on the front of the tractor). For stacking bales vertically, he can carry 5 bales pertripů3 on the loader (3 bales high is the limit for vertical stacking), 1 on the cradle and 1 on the front of the tractor. Single bales carried to headquarters on the cradle and tractor are dropped off, then picked up 3 or 4 at a time with the Flexi-Bale for vertical or horizontal stacking.
With silage bales, the Flexi-Bale's plat-form load limit for both vertical or in-line stacking is 3 bales because of the increased weight. It handles big round bales of varying sizes but won't handle big square bales, says Adam.
Sells for $5,950 (U.S. dollars).
For more information, including the names of U.S. distributors, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Flexi-Bale, Division of Flexi-Metal, C.P. 295, Granby, Quebec, Can. J2G 8E5 (ph 514 378-5459).
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