Monday, 29 January 2018 14:55

No feeding hassles with Hustler X

Written by  Mark Daniel
Feeding round balage over fences can save labour costs. Feeding round balage over fences can save labour costs.

Feeder manufacturer Hustler is marketing two new self-loading bale feeders said to be more versatile and easier to use by livestock farmers.

The Chainless X 2000 and X 2400 machines embody the maker’s 17 years experience, both using a new X Series bale chamber that can feed bales of any format, any size, variable density, and chopped or un-chopped, without clogging, plugging or importantly without leaf loss.
The X2000 is a relatively inexpensive three-point linkage unit; the X2400 is designed for three-point or loader mounting, increasing its versatility. 

Compact design allows a 50% higher discharge clearance, and 38% greater discharge reach. This allows easy use in the paddock or barn, and it can feed over fences and into bunkers or feed troughs.

In operation, variable speed rollers allow the user to control the whole unrolling operation which in practice sees the top rotor -- which spins three times faster than the lower rotor -- tease out and fluff up the material, before the lower assembly centralises and discharges the crop. Meanwhile, the hydraulic bale platform pressures the bale to pull it apart.

The self-loader element of the feeders comprises a set of bale forks mounted on the headstock and the bale cradle/feeder itself, with both elements being uncoupled from the tractor seat. In the case of the X2400, the Snaplock automatic connection removes the need to pull a rope to complete this task.

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