Cat Bale Grab & Si­lage De­facer New Hol­land adds Kongskilde

Cat brings out Bale Grab and Si­lage De­facer for smaller load­ers

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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

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