New light­weight self load­ing straw spreader

Irish Examiner - Farming - - MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT - Ja­son Webb

Spread-a-bale will launch a self-load­ing spreader for one­tonne load­ers next month at the LAMMA Lin­colnshire Agri­cul­tural Ma­chin­ery Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion show in Eng­land.

The firm has added the Midi Lite to its port­fo­lio, the first ever side-mounted self-load­ing straw spread­ing ma­chine for rec­tan­gu­lar bales weigh­ing up to 500kg, aimed at live­stock farm­ers with one-tonne load­ers.

Ex­tend­ing Spread-a-bale’s M se­ries, the 500kg Midi Lite re­quires only a one-tonne lift ca­pac­ity, and is suitable for most trac­tor front load­ers, as well as skid­steer load­ers. The new spreader fea­tures one hor­i­zon­tal ro­tor for side load­ing and side spread­ing. The spread­ing dis­tance is up to 14 me­tres to the left. The ma­chine is pow­ered hy­drauli­cally and re­quires a max­i­mum 55 litres per minute oil flow.

The chain drive to the ro­tor mo­tor can be geared dif­fer­ently to com­pen­sate for lower flow rates.

The head can be el­e­vated to re­duce the to­tal width, if door ac­cess is lim­ited to less than three me­tres, en­abling the ma­chine to en­ter the vast ma­jor­ity of live­stock build­ings. Spread-a-bale’s Michael Hughes said: “The Midi Lite com­pletes Spread-a-bale’s port­fo­lio, en­abling up to 75% re­duc­tion in spread­ing time and labour for live­stock farm­ers with smaller lift ca­pac­ity load­ers, and equally im­por­tant, sig­nif­i­cant straw of ap­prox­i­mately 40% with mini-he­ston bales.” It’s the first ever in­door LAMMA, and it will take place Tues­day and Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 8-9 at the NEC in Bir­sav­ings, ming­ham. It will con­tinue to be a free-to-at­tend and free-topark event.

The new Spread-a-bale 500kg Midi Lite will be of­fi­cially launched at Lamma in Eng­land next month, with a stan­dard list price of £11,500.

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