How does a Balefeeder compare to a Shreader or a Bale Shear?
You might find this comparison with Splitter (Bale shear), Unroller (Balefeeder), and Chopper (Shreader) handy.
“ We bought a Hustler unroller this year and it is the best money we have spent in for a long time, have hardly used a graipe this year. When word got about we had one a lot of neighbours came to see it working and I know of 3 more in the area now, brilliant machine. It’s easy to control the rate of feed as its oil driven and she manages high density bale great” – John Speehs, Sunny Co Antrim
*The Unroller used for this test, was not self-loading like the Hustler, therefore it required a separate tractor to load the bale increasing the time consumed for Loading & manoeuvring compared to that of a Hustler Balefeeder.”
Table 14. Work rates of silage feeding systems (s/bale).
|Loading & manoeuvring (s)||57||114*||119||8.3|
|Removing plastic & twine (s)||168||150||149||11.0|
|Distribution (incl. chopping) (s)||154||86||389||16.9|
|Manual distribution (s)||161||16||—||20.3|
Table 15. Evenness of distribution of silage.
|Sample weight range (kg)||22-91||30-63||37-67||31-62||—|
|CV (4 samples) (%)||40.9||22.0||27.8||25.2||4.9|
Table 16. Power requirement, fuel consumption and tractor requirements.
|Avg. power requirement (kW)||9||5.2||28.1||2.1|
|Peak power requirement (kW)||16||14||48||2.12|
|Fuel used per bale (l)||0.45||0.07||1.11||0.04|
|Lift requirement (t)||1.29||1.61||2.38||—|
|Turning circle radius (m)||4.3||4.5||4.4||—|
Extract taken from http://www.teagasc.ie/research/reports/