Mark Daniel reports on McIntosh's impressive Double Bale Feeder.
The SL360X has a rated capacity of 1.25 tonnes, and is said to be 8% heavier and 30% stronger than previous models.
Described as multi-purpose, and capable of feeding pit, loose and maize silage, plus fodder beet and cut grass, the machine has an extra fence that gives it a capacity of 1 cu.m.
Improvements to the auto connect and release system, using a patented Snaplock coupler, ensure accurate connect and disconnect every time; this has a double-latching set-up.
Its bale spears have forged points for easier penetration -- averting pushing bales along the ground, risking soil contamination, a risk with blunt tines.
A new floor design gives an increase in height around the feed platform, and encloses the machine driveshafts to prevent crop build-up and reduce maintenance downtime.
A headstock redesign enables easy adaptation to fit high capacity frontloaders or telehandlers, opening up the possibility of feeding over barriers or into mixer/feeder wagons.
And an optional side-shift system allows up to 180mm of offset to the left or right, helping ensure accurate placement of feed in all situations.