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3 pt. Bale Unroller Pics for Erik Ks Farmer

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02-07-2011 18:10:36

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Erik -

Here are some pics of my hay unroller. It is not homemade, but is shop made by my local FFA chapter. They make 10-15 a year to sell and have been doing so for 20+ years so the design has been pretty well tested. Mine is about 10 years old and haven"t had any trouble with it - feed 4x5 and 5x5 bales, but it can handle larger. On bigger bales I try not to carry them to the field with all the weight on just the spinners, but instead cradle the bales with the arms until i'm ready to unroll - figure it puts a little less stress on the weak points.

Majority of the entire frame is made with 2x3" tubing with the arms being reinforced with a piece of 1/2"x3" flat stock welded down the side. Hope this gives you some ideas.

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02-08-2011 22:50:11

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 Re: 3 pt. Bale Unroller Pics for Erik Ks Farmer in reply to 3020jd2955, 02-07-2011 18:10:36  
I've just taken an iron swamp bar and run it through the middle of a bale by hand and hook a chain on each end. Then pick it up with a loader or pull it behind the pickup. Sometimes when it is too cold to start the tractor, I just drag a bale around with the pickup.

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02-07-2011 23:22:40

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 Re: 3 pt. Bale Unroller Pics for Erik Ks Farmer in reply to 3020jd2955, 02-07-2011 18:10:36  
If the arms are 2x3 inch, what is the wall thickness? Makes a big difference. Like when I used to buy gates- the salesman always said they were "heavy duty". I asked for specs on the "light" duty. Seems they never had them, nor could they ever tell me the wall thickness on their gates. OD doesn"t mean squat without wall thickness.

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02-07-2011 18:48:13

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 Re: 3 pt. Bale Unroller Pics for Erik Ks Farmer in reply to 3020jd2955, 02-07-2011 18:10:36  
Thanks for the pics. I have been looking at the different hinge designs and your pictures gave me a nice up close view.

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02-07-2011 23:28:42

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 Re: 3 pt. Bale Unroller Pics for Erik Ks Farmer in reply to Erik Ks Farmer, 02-07-2011 18:48:13  
BTW- that design looks like only the right side arm moves- much simpler than using a cyl anchored in the middle with both arms extending and retracting, like others I"ve seen. Good, simple design. One I remember is a pickup bumper design where the forks fold into the bumper, and both arms retracted and extended...FarmShow idea.

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02-08-2011 05:04:38

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 Re: 3 pt. Bale Unroller Pics for Erik Ks Farmer in reply to JMS/.MN, 02-07-2011 23:28:42  
Im not sure on the thickness of the tubing without looking....3/16 maybe?? Its pretty heavy.

And both of the arms move in and out on this one.

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