Softhands Bale Handlers

Built for the operator who simply cannot compromise on user-friendliness, strength, downtime or damaged bales.

Softhands Bale Handlers

Models in range: LM100 | LX200

Your bales are in good hands with Hustler Softhands

Softhands® have been developed and field-tested to provide more grip on the bale, reducing damage and deformation. With all pitch point eliminated from the design, no chance to rip or damage your bales. Built with safety and user-friendliness in mind, operators rave about how nice these bale grabs are to use for handling both dry hay and wrapped silage. The Softhands® bale handlers carry Hustler’s 5-year warranty for added peace of mind.

3 Reasons to choose Softhands®

1. Reduce bale damage

2. Better ensiling

3. Unrivalled control

Hustler's CEO, Brent Currie, presents the new Softhands LM100² bale handlers

Bob Ethell, Victoria (Australia) – Softhands LM100

Need a hand from Will?

John Vallance - LX200

Bryan Tucker chose Hustler after 5 other brands

Equaliser Bar for Softhands

“They last for a long time so in that respect they’re saving us a lot of money because we’re not having to go and replace them all the time.”

Features & Benefits

Unique Hand Shape

Unique hand shape makes slipping between bales easy and prevents damage to both the bale you are handling and the bales either side. They also allow for closer stacking.

LM100 Slim Arms 2 700 500
LM100 Compact Design 3 700 500

Compact Design

The unique single-piece main frame design keeps the load close to the tractor reducing load you the tractors’ front axle and provides industry-leading visibility. The smooth curved design eliminates pinch-points and protects the bale from damage

LM100 patented floating equalier 700 500

Patented Floating Equaliser

Hustler’s unique patent floating Equaliser™ provides the best of both worlds*, offering the operator more control, and easier operation than any other bale handler in the market. A true game-changer for the world’s best operators

*optional for Softhands LM100 | standard for Softhands LX200

Top Exit Hoses

Top exit hoses is a smart and unique design eliminate the chance of damaging the hoses when connecting the bale handler to the tractor.

LM100 slim design 700 500
LM100 Slim Arms 5 700 500

Slim Hands

The unique hand design is the slimmest of all bale handlers requiring no more than 50mm (1.96”) for the hand to slide between bales. This means less wrap damage, and less chance of pushing a bale off the stack. 

Massive Pivots

The oversized pivots provide longer service life and the larger grease trap extends greasing intervals and increases uptime

LM100 pivots 700 500
LM100 smooth design 700 500

No Pinch Points

One of the biggest pain points of operators is damages bale wrap from sharp edges and pinch points which are overlooked in alternative brands. Hustler invest more time into the design and testing process to eliminate that frustration for softhands operators. 

Protected Hydraulic Ram

Protected inside the unique single-piece mainframe the hydraulic ram and hoses are protected from damage when connecting the handler to the tractor and from general use.

LM100 Protected ram 700 500
LM100 Marked Hooks 700 500

High visibility hooks

The hooks on Hustler Softhands are marked with bright visible markings to make hitching to your loader a pleasure.

Hoses Standard

All Hustler Softhands come standard with hydraulic hoses fitted, and QRC covers to keep the dust out of your hydraulic system.

LM100 hoses covers 700 500

Industry Leading Visibility

Hustler’s Softhands are a pleasure to use thanks to the compact design and industry-leading operator visibility and a hand shape that slips between bales with ease

Armacote Protective Coating

Our unique Armacote system with a full blast profile and an oven-baked coating ensures the most durable finish to your bale handler so that it looks great for years to come.

powder coating 700 500

5 Year Warranty

For peace of mind, we’ve done our homework and built a bale handler that looks great, is the most user friendly and has the longest warranty on the market.

John Vallance Hustler Softhands owner

Built To Last

Every aspect of the LM100 and LX200  is built to last, from the extra heavy-duty pivots to the replaceable, greasable bushes.

Adjustable Hands

3-position adjustable hands* allow the handling of both rounds & square bales. 

*This feature is only valid for the Softhands LX200 model

LM200 Adjustable hands 700 500

Designed for both round and square bales (LX200)

We’ve matched the design of this handler* specifically for round & square bales resulting in the best versatile bale handler on the market today.

*This feature is only valid for the Softhands LX200 model.

LM100 softhands web

Contoured Shape (LX200)

A contoured shape* eliminates any bale tearing or ripping.

*This feature is only valid for the Softhands LX200 model.

Product Customiser

Select the product, then options and accessories to create your enquiry.

LM100 PLAIN

LM100 PLAIN

LM100 Euro

LM100 Euro

LM100 P20 Bracket

LM100 P20 Bracket

P20 bracket option discontinued

LM100 MX Brackets

LM100 MX Brackets

LM100 Skidsteer Brackets - 3ptl

LM100 Skidsteer Brackets - 3ptl

LM100 WEIDEMANN EQ

LM100 WEIDEMANN EQ

LM100 KRAMER EQ

LM100 KRAMER EQ

LM100 MANITOU EQ

LM100 MANITOU EQ

LM100 JCB Q-FIT EQ

LM100 JCB Q-FIT EQ

LM100 MERLO EQ

LM100 MERLO EQ

LM100 JCB TC EQ

LM100 JCB TC EQ

LM100 MATBRO EQ

LM100 MATBRO EQ

SwiftLink 3PTL-Euro Adapter

SwiftLink 3PTL-Euro Adapter

LM100 AUS HITCH

LM100 AUS HITCH

LX200 Euro

LX200 Euro

LX200 SP

LX200 SP

LX200 MX

LX200 MX

LX200 Merlo

LX200 Merlo

LX200 Plain

LX200 Plain

LX200 AUS HITCH

LX200 AUS HITCH

Specifications

Bale Size Round: Up to 1.8 m | 70 in
Max Opening/Closing: 1.8 m/0.2 m | 5.9 ft/0.65 ft
Bale Weight: Up to 1,000 kg | 2,200 lb
Unit Weight: 150 kg | 330 lb
Hydraulics Required: 1x double-acting, 12-60 litres/min (3-15.8 gallons/min), 2250-3000 psi
Bale Size Round: All Sizes
Bale Size Square: Will clamp 0.9 m (2.9 ft) up to 1.8 m (5.9 ft)
Max Opening/ Max Closing 2.3 m/0.4 m | 7.5 ft/1.3 ft
Bale Weight Up to 2,000 kg | 4,400 lb
Unit Weight 220 kg | 485 lb
Hydraulics Required 1x double-acting, 12-60 litres/min (3-15.8 gallons/min), 2250-3000 psi

What our customers are saying

“They last for a long time so in that respect they’re saving us a lot of money because we’re not having to go and replace them all the time.”

John Vallance, Tangiteroria (New Zealand) - Softhands LX200

“They are easy to use and have a good grip. They are very versatile and can be useful for more than one thing.”

Shane Dunlea, Kaikoura NZ - Softhands LX200

“I believe they are the best on the Market”

Agricultural Contractor, Otago (New Zealand) - Mega Softhands/LX200

“We have worn quite a few out and broken other brands of Softhands®.”

Bryan Tucker, Greytown (New Zealand) - Softhands®LM100

“I’m always working on a 45-degree angle and having the bale hands open and close at the same time, keeps it simple. Hustler Softhands® are incredibly reliable, and I expect them to be reliable because they are Hustler made”

Mark Benns, Waikato (New Zealand) - Soft Hands LM100

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