Ease of operation, efficiency and safety meet on a bison ranch thanks to the Hustler Chainless LX105 bale processor

Published 7th September 2023
United States

Without a doubt, the Hustler Chainless LX105 bale processor has proven to be an irreplaceable asset in streamlining the day-to-day feeding routine for Daniel Johnson, a bison rancher in Tennessee, United States. Watch Daniel’s testimonial video to discover how Hustler has transformed his farming operation.


In the rolling green hills of Cornersville, Tennessee, where the age-old rhythms of farming and ranching meet the demands of modern life, Daniel Johnson is crafting his own unique legacy. A first-generation bison rancher, Daniel embarked on a remarkable journey with a dream to raise his children on a ranch. Starting with just nine bison, he now oversees a thriving herd of over 100. As he nurtures these magnificent animals, Daniel relies on a range of equipment to ensure their well-being and survival, and at the heart of his operation lies the Hustler Chainless LX105 mounted bale processor.

In the world of bison ranching, “it’s a survival of the fittest,” Daniel said. To sustain his diverse herd, Daniel faced a unique challenge: how to ensure that every bison, regardless of size or stature, had equitable access to feed. The Hustler Chainless bale processor allows him to achieve that. “Being able to spread a line of hay and forage out that far to have the smaller ones be able to eat and the larger ones eat at the same time, it makes me sleep better at night,” he said.

This commitment to the well-being of his bison is evident in every aspect of Daniel’s ranching journey. What sets him apart is his willingness to explore innovative solutions, even with no prior agricultural experience. When traditional methods fell short, he knew he had to adapt. Hand-rolling hay bales down a hill to ensure proper feeding was no longer sustainable as his herd continued to grow.

“I quickly started stumbling upon other pieces of equipment that other farmers and ranchers across the world use. And Hustler was one of them that kept popping up,” Daniel said.

Hustler’s reputation for innovative solutions caught Daniel’s attention, and he decided to reach out to them. The connection was quick, and Daniel found himself in touch with Mitch, his local dealer at AG Central Co Op. In a matter of days, the solution to his hay-spreading challenge landed on the ranch—the Hustler Chainless LX105.


“When it comes to the Hustler Chainless LX105, the main benefit is ease of operation, I would probably put that above everything”


The moment of truth arrived as Daniel put this innovative bale feeder to the test. After just one roll, he knew he had found the solution he had been seeking – “Yeah, we’re good. We’ll keep it,” he recalled saying to Mitch. It was an investment in the future of his ranch, one that would prove to be invaluable.

The Chainless LX105 bale processor is the top-of-the-range mounted square and round bale processor from Hustler. It’s designed to feed every type of square or round bale and has a proven track record on more bale types than any other bale feeder. What makes it stand out is its ability to minimize feed waste while maximizing efficiency.

The Chainless LX105 bale processor offers great innovative features:

  • Versatility: It can handle both square and round bales, accommodating a wide range of sizes. Whether it’s a 4′ X 4′ round bale or a larger square bale, the Chainless LX105 is up to the task.

  • Easy-to-load: The Chainless LX105 employs a patented, hands-free quick hitch system that simplifies the process of connecting the feeding cradle to the headstock. This innovative feature minimizes downtime, making feeding operations more efficient.

  • Minimal Maintenance: One of the standout features of the Chainless LX105 is its low maintenance requirements. It’s designed with durability in mind, reducing the need for frequent maintenance and eliminating wear parts.

For Daniel, the Chainless LX105’s main benefit is the ease of operation. It’s a “one-man show,” Daniel explained. The machine allows him to handle his feeding operations independently. 


“The fact that it’s a one-man show, the fact that it runs off the hydraulics on your tractor, the safety alone is worth its weight in gold”


Moreover, safety is a paramount concern for Daniel, and the Chainless LX105 delivers on this front as well. Being 100% hydraulically driven, the Chainless LX105 doesn’t need to utilize the PTO of the tractor, increasing safety. The peace of mind that comes from knowing that this equipment operates safely is “worth its weight in gold.” In the unpredictable world of ranching, having reliable equipment that prioritizes safety is a game-changer.

What makes Daniel’s journey truly remarkable is the alignment of vision. Just as he dreams of providing the best for his bison, the companies he partners with share the same vision. Hustler, in particular, stands out as a brand that’s committed to helping ranchers and farmers simplify their lives.

Hustler and their dealer “had the exact same vision and dream that I did. They wanted to help us out and meet and Hustler and the people that I’ve worked with. I can tell that genuinely their plan was to help ranchers and farmers out and make their lives just maybe a little bit simpler,” Daniel concluded.

It’s this shared commitment that has made all the difference in his quest to provide the best for his bison and secure the future of his ranch.


  • Bale Size Round: 4′ X 4′ – 6′ X 5′
  • Bale Size Square: All sizes. Over 6’ long requires optional platform extension
  • Weight Capacity: 1250kg | 2,755 lb
  • Bale Capacity: 1 bale
  • Unit Weight: 800kg | 1763 lb
  • Tractor Size: 120hp +
  • Hydraulics Required: 2 x double-acting, 30-60 litres/min | 8-16 gal/min, 2250-3000 psi
  • Loading: Snaplox patented self-loading system
  • Size (L x W x H): 2365 x 2648 x 1271mm | 93 x 104 x 50 in


Do you want to know more about Hustler bale processor range? Contact us today, you’ll be glad you did!


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