1989 - Volume #13, Issue #5, Page #28[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
New No Hydraulics Round Bale Hauler
Key to success of the new trailer is a unique ground-driven lift mechanism at the rear that eliminates the need for hydraulics. It consists of a semi-circular "cradle" fitted with three 5-ft. long prongs with paddles on the end, and two 12-in. long, 14-in. dia. steel rollers.
To load a bale you back the trailer up to a point just ahead of the bale and lock the electric brakes on the trailer axle by flipping a lever inside the cab. Locking the brakes activates the bale lift cradle so that when you start to back up to the bale, the lift cradle rolls down onto the ground at the same time raising the trailer wheels up off the ground. Once the cradle is rolled all the way down so that the bale prongs are flat to the ground, the trailer rolls backward on the two 14-in. roller wheels. When the prongs are all the way under the bale you pull forward, reversing the action of the lift cradle causing it to lift the bale up onto the trailer's floor. Then you unlock the brakes and the lift cradle will stay in the up position while you drive to the next bale and repeat the operation. "The trailer's floor is tilted forward so the bales move to the front. Siderails made from 1 1/ 4-in. round pipe keep the bales from falling off the sides of the trailer."
"Other pickup mounted round bale haulers require hydraulic hookup for lift cylinders and conveyor chains. Some of them also require another tractor and a man to load and unload bales," says Clawson. "This trailer makes loading bales a one-man operation from the comfort of your pickup, and it lets you haul bales at highway speeds. That makes it more practical for long distance hauling than atractor-operated trailer. However, you can use it with your tractor by installing a ball hitch on the drawbar."
The trailer's floor is built in three sections or "tables", each supporting one bale. The fourth bale is held in transport by the lift cradle. Each table is hinged at the middle of the trailer and is held in place by a spring-loaded latch on the driver's side of the trailer. To unload bales you back up 2 ft. or so and hit the brakes, which allows the fourth bale to roll farther back on the cradle and releases pressure on the other bales. You pull the latch which causes the bales to dump off the side of the trailer. Then pull forward to roll the fourth bale onto the table. Once the bales are unloaded, you reach up and pull the tables down by hand.
The 27-ft. long "Haymaster" mounts on a standard gooseneck ball hitch in the bed of any half ton or larger pickup. The trailer is equipped with 15-in. dual wheels with electric brakes. The electric brakes can be hooked up directly to the pickup's battery or to any 6-prong electric trailer brake plug-in mounted on the trailer.
Sells for $5,895.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Continental Belton Co., Box 660, Belton, Texas 76513 (ph toll-free 800 634 3597 or 817 939-3731).
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