Cat Bale Grab & Silage Defacer New Holland adds Kongskilde
Cat brings out Bale Grab and Silage Defacer for smaller loaders
Cat has added the Bale Grab and the Silage Defacer to its range of agricultural attachments for compact wheel loaders, skidsteer loaders, compact track loaders and multi-terrain loaders.
The Bale Grab enables smaller-sized loaders to grasp, carry and place round or square bales without damaging either the wrapper or the bale.
Designed for use with any loaders with a universal, skid-steertype interface, it has a rigid design for heavy-duty service and long-term durability.
“The Bale Grab is designed to provide optimum machine stability when loading or carrying baled material,” Cat says. “Bales of wheat, hay, and other materials for livestock feed or bedding are transported easily to and from the bale wrapper, and when moving and storing the material.
“The rounded arm design allows the Bale Grab to firmly grasp round or square bales, whether sitting flat or placed side down.”
The Bale Grab is available with either a 1803mm or 2134mm opening, and uses a single hydraulic cylinder to manipulate a variety of bale sizes.
Damage to the wrapped bales is avoided through the use of tubular construction.
Hydraulic quick disconnects enable fast tool changes, and Caterpillar says leaks are avoided through the use of Cat XT-3 ES hydraulic hoses – which are wrapped in nylon-woven sleeves – couplings and O-ring face seals. The Bale Grabs weigh 261kg (1803mm model) and 263kg (2133mm model). Both models have a 1090kg capacity.
The Silage Defacer – which is available in 1.8m, 2.1m and 2.4m widths – is designed to cut and shave large silage bunkers in order to improve the retention of material and to ensure more consistent feed quality.
The company says this process leaves a clean surface on the bunker and eliminates much of the oxygen penetration that can cause mould.
A front-mounted cutting drum is driven by a system of dual, hydraulic motors and dual, heavy-duty roller chains, which Cat says will optimise torque and reliability.
The drive motors are mounted behind the drum and within the heavy-duty frame for protection from damage, and the chains feature cotter-pin master links for extended chain life.
“High-tensile strength, hardened-steel teeth on the drum – 127mm in length – are arranged in a helical pattern for even load distribution and to ensure efficient cutting and facing, leaving a finely textured finished product for feed,” Caterpillar says.
“The teeth are positioned at a precise angle to ensure minimal drum stalling and material cling. A standard crossover relief valve dampens hydraulic pressure spikes and diverts high pressure away from the host machine.”
Left: The Cat Bale Grab Above: The Cat Silage Defacer