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Thursday, 16 June 2016 12:55

Two-bale feeder suits tough conditions

Written by  Mark Daniel
McIntosh's newly introduced double bale feeder. McIntosh's newly introduced double bale feeder.

You don't have to travel far to find a farm using McIntosh feeding equipment, and users report robust construction, clever engineering and a long working life.

The newly introduced double bale feeder builds on this reputation and offers a useful machine for feeding out round bales.

The chassis consists of two box sections running through the cradle to increase overall strength, and the layout lowers the overall loading height and centre of gravity, promoting safe use on hillsides or sloping ground.

A 315mm conveyor overhang and tyres kept close to the chassis mean that dispensed feed is not run over and contaminated, while a choice of wheel settings allows safer operation on difficult terrain or to accommodate larger tyre fitments. Standard machines are supplied with 11.5 x 15.3 tyres to reduce rolling resistance and make towing easier in poor conditions.

An over-dimensioned lifting arm, said to be strong and suited to carrying a second bale to the feeding area, has twin lift rams which gently lower the bale onto the unrolling cradle and help prevent damage to the feeder bars.

The unrolling cradle uses a 12,000 lb rated zinc plated chain, and slow running shafts are fitted with bronze bushes for resistance to contamination by silage juice, for a much greater service life.

Unloading slats are made from 8mm steel with integral teeth to promote bale rotation by increasing the contact area; and in the cradle, aggression pins restrict bale movement to encourage the teeth to pull the bale apart.

From a practical point of view the machine includes a rubbish bin, and a checker-plated platform on the drawbar a-frame to allow the user to safely remove film and net wrap.


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