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.