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bale sweep #848 08/07/2019 07:43 AM
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Got the first one working. 1300+ bales so far this year, with no help.
In good hay, I can pickup 8 bales in under a minute.
Then stack 4 high, for a total of 32 bales per trip to the barn.
Numbers 2 and 3 are just about done.

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Re: bale sweep [Re: chma] #849 08/08/2019 06:37 AM
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Nice


I know a lot about a lot of things BUT I still have a lot to learn.
Life is what you make of it. So, why not make a working machine to make it easier.
Re: bale sweep [Re: chma] #851 08/08/2019 08:06 PM
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WOW!! That's slick!! --- wish I would have had one 40 years ago! ---- We don't do hay or livestock anymore, too much hassle !!


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Re: bale sweep [Re: chma] #852 08/08/2019 09:14 PM
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Sonny,
40+ years ago is when they were first made.
I seen a picture of one about 2 years ago and that was all I needed to built it.
Since then I have seen some on videos, but I have not seen anyone stacking the bales and then picking up the stack.
I am going to make a QA for my 3 pt, so I can move 64 bales at one time to the barn.
Load one and unhook, load another one and then pickup the first one with the 3 pt.
You can go to Cabin Hollow Metal Art on FB to see a video of it working.

Re: bale sweep [Re: chma] #861 08/16/2019 07:23 AM
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The bale sweep gets the hay out of the field, but then I have to get it to the feeders in the winter. I have one of these that holds 16 bales and this one will hold 32 bales.
One on the front and one on the back of the tractor, for a total of 48 bales per trip.

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Re: bale sweep [Re: chma] #863 08/17/2019 08:34 AM
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When we had cattle, we were lucky enough to have a hay barn that had feeders built around the outer sides, so we just tossed the bales from the barn into the feeders. Later years we went to the 2,000 pound round bales and used the 560 to carry them around with. In bad weather/winter/spring mud/etc. it was a real problem. ---- That was about the time the cattle had to go! --- Never was sorry to see them go either,-- never had livestock of any kind since and have no desire to!


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