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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:21 am    Post subject: Getting hay in barn Reply to specific post Reply with quote

This is my first year putting up my own square bales and I at times am flying solo on getting bales up. I normally try to leave the wagons loaded and wait till I have help to get them in the loft. Wondering if anyone out there uses a hay elevator or other techniques solo? I normally bale 100 to 200 bales at a time max.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:05 am    Post subject: Re: Getting hay in barn Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yes, I have put lots of hay in the loft myself and the bale conveyor. Raise it as far off the floor as the door allows. Then run 20 bales or so up there and then go up there and
stack them. Repeat, repeat. It is a job for a lot younger man then I am now. You will get a broken one now and then if they build up to the conveyor and the chain grabs the string.
But hey if you can't find help, what you gonna do?
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:39 am    Post subject: Re: Getting hay in barn Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I send bales up with an elevator. My
barn is small and the opening is floor
level. I can run 3 to 5 bales up then
I have to go stack them. I have an
electric elevator so it's easy to
start and stop it. If my kid is around
I can run the first bunch up and stack
3 or so on the elevator then she can
turn it on and can get 8 in a set.
Loft holds 250 bales or so and do
about 125 per cut. It sucks going up
and down but it's better then standing
on the hay throwing it in the loft.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Getting hay in barn Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I built my own conveyor, from ground to inside the barn. Made a moveable tip-off on the barn section so I could move it along the conveyor, and tip off to each side.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Getting hay in barn Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a hay accumulator/grabber. It fits on your loader. First you drive through the field accumulating 10 bales. When you get all bales in 10's
take the the accumulator of the grabber. Just pins underneath. Then go back and pick up the tens. When you do drive forward turning hard to
the left, this will tighten up the bales. Then take to barn or load on a trailer. Our compact John Deere will stack them 7 high in the barn, or 5 high
on a trailer. I know this won't put your hay in a loft. But I am 71 and I have put 400 or so on a trailer then from trailer to barn in 3 hrs.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Getting hay in barn Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The grabber is from Parrish Agri Turf. Alabama. I would post a picture but don't have pictures in this tablet. But have pictures in my phone I could send if anyone is interested. 618 599 8041
 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:57 am    Post subject: Re: Getting hay in barn Reply to specific post Reply with quote

i used to do it that way just let them go up conveyor/or elevator fall in a pile, not as pretty but
if its not being resold, then so what. animals did not care.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 12:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Getting hay in barn Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Dont have a loft just metal building that I stack 10-11 high. Boys both gone from home now so this was my first year
alone. I bought a bale wagon with the single bale side unload. LOVE IT. Its far from perfect but for me now single dude
half the problem was picking up in field. Now I pull next to doors and single bale unload to elevator then to me. Works
well but still making modifications to the process to make better. But already see how it has saved time and body wear.
LOL..

I found that when pile gets higher I can back the sucker in shed and hand unload from wagon which works also..
unfortunatly i dont have the clearance to tip the table to unload in a stack... Working on wife that I need another
building...LOL
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Getting hay in barn Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yep, faced the same problem when my 'labourforce (two daughters) left home! My solution for stacking in the shed was to fit a wooden pallet over the muck fork of my MF40 power loader on my MF135, stack 6 small bales at a time on the pallet, raise it to the height of the stack, run up the ladder (!), build the bales onto the stack (up to 8 high), nip back down the ladder and do it all over again! By the time I had stacked 3000 this way, not much belly fat left!!!
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Getting hay in barn Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Dad built a bank barn for our small operation, barn holds 1500 square bales, loft floor is 3 ft above ground on the upper side, pull a wagon up beside the barn door and toss hay down into the loft.
Now days we only put up 3-400 square bales, the rest we roll.
 
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