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we small square baled most of the field yesterday....we use a accumulagrapple to put them on trailers/wagons and then park them under cover till i get around to unloading them......but usually someone else will want some hay so usually as we finish up if i have time i will hook up a bale basket and put 50-100 bales in it park it under cover till they come get it and dump it under a shade tree and let them load it themselves...saves me several handlings of the bales...thought you guys might like a bale basket picture in process we put 60 bales in it this time
I've never seen a bale basket before, we do the same with our wagons though, park them in the shed until we have time to unload them.
 

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I've never seen a bale basket before, we do the same with our wagons though, park them in the shed until we have time to unload them.
its really easy to deal with....just remove baler chute ..pin it to baler...and go....usually have to adjust back pressure on the baler down a little bit 5 turns ish.....when done just unhook it has a swivel dolly wheel at the tounge so no jack stands like a wagon tounge...the whole back is on a latch open to gravity dump....mine came from a local auction $85 no one knew what it was :) (prob my best all time auction buy)

only negatives i have found is bales fall in it in a pile so some get a bit miss-shaped.....and even though it has never happend i worry it might accidently trip and dump at a inoportune moment so i am going to rig up a safely chain for that....it is large 10' wide probably about 11' tall

E-Z Trail Farm Wagons | Arthur, IL | Products | Bale Wagons (bale baskets)
 

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Here is a question for the hay experts.

We are fairly new to using a spear, we have always used the hugger on the 2555 until last season. When I bought my pallet forks it was a package that came with the 49" main spear and two 17" stabilizers. Then I got to thinking at times when I have trouble getting back out of a bale that I have an awful lot of spear in a 4' bale. If a 49" spear is good for a 5' bale does it make sense that I could use a 39" or perhaps a 43" spear for our 4' bales?

Edit: Usable length is 6" less than length of spear.
 

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Here is a question for the hay experts.

We are fairly new to using a spear, we have always used the hugger on the 2555 until last season. When I bought my pallet forks it was a package that came with the 49" main spear and two 17" stabilizers. Then I got to thinking at times when I have trouble getting back out of a bale that I have an awful lot of spear in a 4' bale. If a 49" spear is good for a 5' bale does it make sense that I could use a 39" or perhaps a 43" spear for our 4' bales?

Edit: Usable length is 6" less than length of spear.


i have multiple setups loader and 3pt all with spears 49" or longer.....done bales 4'-6' .....i prefer twin long spears setup like forks low on the carrage .....one of my 3pt setups has a tubeular single spear that i dislike as its bigger around than forged spears making it harder to push in the bale sometimes ......we feed our round bales in cradle type feeders so the spears being all at one level makes it easier to put the bales in the feeder ........never thought a shorter spear would be more effective
 

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Speared

Here is a question for the hay experts.

We are fairly new to using a spear, we have always used the hugger on the 2555 until last season. When I bought my pallet forks it was a package that came with the 49" main spear and two 17" stabilizers. Then I got to thinking at times when I have trouble getting back out of a bale that I have an awful lot of spear in a 4' bale. If a 49" spear is good for a 5' bale does it make sense that I could use a 39" or perhaps a 43" spear for our 4' bales?

Edit: Usable length is 6" less than length of spear.
We're fairly new to spears as well and had used both front and rear forks that go under a bale. I've had trouble getting a bale off the rear forks but the spear has worked well. If possible, I do try to hit the center of the bale which with our old baler is a little softer but sometimes unloading off a trailer that isn't possible. I've not had any trouble getting the bale off the forged spear, even some purchased bales that were extremely tight net wrapped bales.

If you are having trouble, I don't see any problem going to a shorter spear. I would use a forged spear and look for one that's tapered and reasonably smooth.

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i have multiple setups loader and 3pt all with spears 49" or longer.....done bales 4'-6' .....i prefer twin long spears setup like forks low on the carrage .....one of my 3pt setups has a tubeular single spear that i dislike as its bigger around than forged spears making it harder to push in the bale sometimes ......we feed our round bales in cradle type feeders so the spears being all at one level makes it easier to put the bales in the feeder ........never thought a shorter spear would be more effective
We're fairly new to spears as well and had used both front and rear forks that go under a bale. I've had trouble getting a bale off the rear forks but the spear has worked well. If possible, I do try to hit the center of the bale which with our old baler is a little softer but sometimes unloading off a trailer that isn't possible. I've not had any trouble getting the bale off the forged spear, even some purchased bales that were extremely tight net wrapped bales.

If you are having trouble, I don't see any problem going to a shorter spear. I would use a forged spear and look for one that's tapered and reasonably smooth.

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Thanks fellas, I'm going to get a shorter spear, 39" :dunno:, can't hurt to try. It's not every bale, actually only once in awhile, but also with the 2025 I don't have enough lift to "dump" a bale with the 49" spear. I appreciate the feedback. :thumbup1gif:
 

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Pat this is the one I built. Like I said in pm think the main spear is 38-39 inches can’t remember I’ll measure again. I added some more gussets and braces since the picture but works good. Wanted it kinda short for dumping over top of round feeder.
 

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Pat this is the one I built. Like I said in pm think the main spear is 38-39 inches can’t remember I’ll measure again. I added some more gussets and braces since the picture but works good. Wanted it kinda short for dumping over top of round feeder.
Nice, that's exactly how my setup is, main spear and two stabilizers. I sent you a PM first because I knew you are using a smaller tractor too, but then after giving it some thought I decided to put it out there and see what people are using for spears.
 
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