“Bed Buster” Stirs Up Freestall Bedding

“Dairy producers can break up packed bedding in freestall cattle housing from the comfort of a tractor or skid steer with the HMI Bed Buster,” says Kade Walker at HMI. “The machine’s rotating blades fluff and level sand and compost materials under freestall hoops as it moves forward in the alley.”

 

   The hydraulically-driven vertical blades are mounted in bearings on a reinforced steel deck, which is hinged to a 4 in. by 4-in. box frame. The frame has a universal mounting plate that attaches to a skid steer or tractor loader.

  

   Walker says the 6-in. long teeth rotate at low rpm’s when the deck is in the horizontal position. The driver controls operating height and blade speed from inside the cab using standard hydraulics and controls. When the teeth are turned off, a single hydraulic cylinder pivots the deck up 90 degrees for easy maneuvering.

 

   “Using the Bed Buster keeps cattle beds soft, clean and dry while increasing cow comfort to help lower somatic cell counts,” Walker says. “The machine has a low-profile design, is easy to operate and has just a few moving parts, so there’s very little maintenance required.”

 

   Two models are available. The Compact Bed Buster has 3 sets of blades and handles a 4-ft. wide bed swath. The Standard Bed Buster has 5 sets of blades and handles a 6-ft. wide swath. Contact the company for pricing.

 

   Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Hatfield Manufacturing, 1823 Shoestring Road, Gooding, Idaho 83330 (ph 208 934-5182; www.hatfieldmfg.com).