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Discussion Board - Let's talk about bale spears

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Hogleg

01-24-2014 06:43:01
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Well, I broke my homemade spear that attaches to the bucket with a chain. It lasted 4 years but snapped clean in half. It never worked that well because it carried the bale about 18 in out from the hydraulics and made the single cylinder work too hard.

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I have a 48 quick tach loader. Recently Washburn and Worksaver have come out with a adapter for these older single cylinder loaders to a skidsteer mount. I plan on doing that.
http://worksaver.com/product/bale-options.html

I will have the bucket changed over to a skidsteer mount.
Plan to buy a skidsteer bale spear attachment. Maybe later a grapple.

Is it a good idea to go with the skidsteer mount system or should I go with a 500/600 series QT mount. Washburn (but not Worksaver) have a 48/58 mount that converts to the Deere system.
https://app-hayspear-com.app-hosted.com/product/QA_JD48-58_500/

Second question - 1 spear with two small spears or 2 long spears? About same price. Will probably go with Titan for these. Offer free shipping.

http://stores.ebay.com/Titan-Attachments?_trksid=p2047675.l2563

John
This post was edited by Hogleg at 06:52:01 01/24/14.

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farmerwithmutt

01-27-2014 07:57:01
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 Re: Let's talk about bale spears in reply to Hogleg, 01-24-2014 06:43:01  
seen one made for allis snap coupler all the guy did was take a piece of angle iron cut a point on one end and weld a piece on the other end to make a box drilled a hole and slid over snap coupler arms



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rick n ohio

01-24-2014 17:00:04
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 Re: Let's talk about bale spears in reply to Hogleg, 01-24-2014 06:43:01  
i have a freeman 4000 loader on a 165 massey ;the manure bucket is fitted with a 2in pipe for bale spear it looks factory but i struggle getting it into a bale unless there is something behind it to stop it from slidin away.so i pulled it off took my 3-point bale spear from tsc.made a few minor modifications to the bucket and spear;now i can set the 3-point bale spear right inside the bucket and attach it with a couple hitch pins that hold it in place.the spear is smaller than the original one.it slides right in the bales with ease.

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GordoSD

01-24-2014 16:46:25
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 Re: Let's talk about bale spears in reply to Hogleg, 01-24-2014 06:43:01  
Look at the skid steer mount forks and spear sets that MDS in Parkston SD sells Super engineering and great price.



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donjr

01-24-2014 12:14:11
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 Re: Let's talk about bale spears in reply to Hogleg, 01-24-2014 06:43:01  

I like my double spear- chains on and off the bucket in about two minutes.



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rrlund

01-24-2014 07:03:55
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 Re: Let's talk about bale spears in reply to Hogleg, 01-24-2014 06:43:01  

All I can say is,from my experience Worksaver makes some pretty good stuff. I made this spear though. It fits my Horst quick attach. The frame is from a piece of box iron that was a bracket for saddle tanks. The spear is a big truck axle. The angle iron that sits down over the quick attach plate is part of a side rail off of an old trailer that I cut up because the frame was rusted out.

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Hogleg

01-24-2014 07:07:21
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 Re: Let's talk about bale spears in reply to rrlund, 01-24-2014 07:03:55  
The spear I broke was a truck axle. Prob 1.5in in diameter. Snapped it clean in half at the point it emerged from the angle iron in the pic above. Still very surprised it broke.



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rrlund

01-24-2014 07:22:05
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 Re: Let's talk about bale spears in reply to Hogleg, 01-24-2014 07:07:21  

Notice the new weld? I did the same thing about two weeks ago in that sub zero weather. I was trying to get a bale down out of the stack,couldn't reach the top one,so I was trying to lift two at once and SNAP. Lucky for me I had another axle here and had it slid in to a piece of pipe in the frame. I just cut and ground the old weld away,slid this one in and welded it back up. If I break this one,I guess I'll have to modify that $50 Tarter spear that I saved from the scrapper a year ago.
If you ever want to spend some real money on something nice,I've had this Worksave BaleHand for probably 17-18 years now. I made that one over to the Horst quick attach too. For now I only use it on the Oliver 1600. I don't have a 3 spool valve on the 1365 yet to use it on there,but it will fit the quick attach on both tractors. I can stack bales four high on end in the barn with this. It's super nice this time of year because I can take the strings off in the barn,squeeze the bale and take it out and drop it in the feeder without having to get off the tractor and without the bale falling apart.

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VicS

01-25-2014 19:10:33
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 Re: Let's talk about bale spears in reply to rrlund, 01-24-2014 07:22:05  
I have a home made bale spear from a truck axle and a square pto shaft. Made a 2 inch square tube frame. Works the best to load trucks. Also have a set of pallet forks. Taking the twine or plastic off is a pain. Wish had a grabber also. Our tractor is the small JD quick tach. Two snap pins to take out, works good. Should have changed it to skid steer plate when new, a lot more options.



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Tx Jim

01-26-2014 11:49:02
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 Re: Let's talk about bale spears in reply to VicS, 01-25-2014 19:10:33  
I agree skid steer quick attach bale spears are the way to go. I'd hate to try to load/unload an 18 wheeler load of hay as I do with a bucket with a spear attached obscuring my vision and risking tearing up bales.



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Hogleg

01-27-2014 11:08:10
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 Re: Let's talk about bale spears in reply to Tx Jim, 01-26-2014 11:49:02  
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Pulled the trigger on the Worksaver 48/58 to skidsteer adapter, and Titan Attachments bale spear with pallet forks option.

http://www.palletforks.com/skid-steer-attachments/hay-spear-attachments/skid-steer-hay-bale-spear-attachment.html

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Formerly PaMike

01-24-2014 07:52:13
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 Re: Let's talk about bale spears in reply to rrlund, 01-24-2014 07:22:05  
That thing has some bales through it! I have never seen one with the paint worn off and the steel polished to a shine!



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