1988 - Volume #12, Issue #4, Page #24[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
ATV Mounted Bale BuggyHomemade "bale buggies" mounted on his two Big Red Honda ATV 3-wheelers let Bob Roberts, Huntsville, Utah, pick up small rectangular bales on steep hill-sides and move them to more level areas, in one continuous line, where an automatic bale wagon picks them up.
Each "bale buggy" is 3.5 ft. long and 18 in. wide. It rides on a 4 in. dia. wheel and is bolted to the left side of the ATV. The rear mounting frame (1 1/4 in. sq. tubing) is bolted to the ATV's trailer hitch, and the front frame to a bracket near the motor mount, just ahead of the foot pedals.
Fingers that pick up the bale are made of 1/2 by 1/2 in. solid rod. The axle is made of 1 1/4 in. dia. pipe. A 2 ft. long handle is used to raise and lower the bale pickup cradle.
To pickup a bale, the driver trips a foot release to lower the "bale buggy" to the ground. On-the-go, he picks up the bale in the cradle, then raises it by hand until the bale catches on the catch mechanism and rides about 4 in. off the ground. Bales are dumped off on the go.
"These handy bale movers operate any-where the 3 wheeler can go," says Roberts. "They're more stable on steep hills than a regular 3 wheeler because of the buggy's stabilizing wheel. With modifications, the buggies would work on 4 wheelers but we prefer 3 wheelers because of their maneuverability."
Roberts estimates he spent about $300 to build both both "bale buggies," including tires, rims and bearings.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bob Roberts, 8391 E. 500 S., Huntsville, Utah 84317 (ph 801745-3063).
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