1989 - Volume #13, Issue #2, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Bale Bagger Bags 30 Bales In 1-1/2 MinutesYou've never seen anything like this new-style "Tube-O-Lator" round bale bagger that slips a plastic bag over an entire row of big bales at once, pulling the bag over the bales by lifting them just 6 in. off the ground.
Gerald Brodrecht invented the Tube-O-Lator because he didn't like the other bale baggers he saw on the market. "They were too cumbersome, too difficult to use and required too much manpower. Our bagger lets one man bag a 150-ft. row of 5-ft. wide bales in 11/2 min.," he says.
Brodrecht spent 5 years developing the Tube-O-Lator, which recently made its debut at a Canadian farm show. Pulled by an offset hitch that positions it off to the side of the tractor, it mounts on a 4-wheel chassis and has two extended lift arms that reach out ahead of it, sliding under the bales. Each bale in the row pushes the bale before it up onto the machine and into the bag mounted over a hoop at the back. Bales are lifted just 6 in. off the ground and then deposited back onto the ground just behind. The Tube-O-Lator is simply pulled by the drawbar with no need for hydraulics. It centers back behind the tractor for transport.
"There are no moving parts - no chains, sprockets or belts - to damage bales or break strings. That means there's less loss and virtually no maintenance. The Tube-O-Lator also has a unique flexible tunnel that makes it easier to mount the plastic bag onto the machine than other baggers and .allows the operator to bag bales varying in size from 4 to 6 ft. in dia.," says Brodrecht, noting that the Tube-O-Lator's flexible tunnel is available separately as a conversion kit to replace the steel tunnels on hydraulic ram machines already on the market. (It won't give you the advantage of continuous self loading but will make bag handling easier and let you get more feed into bags.)
Sells for $4,995 (Canadian).
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Telfordville Agri Service, Rt. 1, Thorsby, Alberta T0C 2P0 Canada (ph 403 789-2411).
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