A company has designed and manufactured a product which can transport twelve round bales or six square bales in one operation.
The Murray Octa-Quad Bale Handling System is designed to clear fields of big round bales and or big square bales very quickly, according to its creators.
The system consists of a rear tractor mounted multi bale spike and a front tractor-mounted multi-bale spike.
Rear multi-bale spike transporter
The rear multi-bale spike transporter fits onto the rear linkage of any large tractor and can uplift eight round bales in two tiers - four round bales on the upper frame and four round bales on the lower frame.
Both the upper and lower frames consist of two folding ‘wings’ hinged left and right to a central frame and are activated by hydraulic cylinders.
Once the four bales have been spiked onto the upper and lower frames, the wings can then be folded up from the horizontal position to a vertical position, therefore, changing the bale width from four-wide to two-wide.
Front multi-bale spike transporter
The front multi-bale spike transporter fits onto the front of any large tractor fitted with a front linkage, the company added.
The front transporter, the firm explained, works in the same way as the rear transporter, but uplifts two round bales on the upper frame first, and then two round bales on the lower frame.
“When the bales are loaded onto the lower frame, the upper frame can be lowered so that the upper bales are now in front of the lower bales for driver visibility.”
When uplifting big square bales, the Octa-Quad system will uplift four big square bales and fold them up from the horizontal position to a vertical position on the rear transporter, and one big square bale on the upper frame and one big square bale on the lower frame on the front transporter.