Murray & Astrid Ballantine of Southland, New Zealand are enjoying their Hustler SL350 Balefeeder which they have had for 7 odd years. The Ballantine’s consistently feed out a good 400 bales per year and in some years have put closer to 600 bales through the machine. It was of the first machines into Southland and Murray says that having the heaviest chain (12000lb) was the main reason he brought it. “We feed 95% balage and although we found the machine a bit aggressive on our soft centred bales, it was an excellent feature that the feed-bars were bolted through the chain so we simply replaced some with no teeth, it was that easy. It is an excellent machine – we love it, no wrapping, no issues, just keeps going.” “We get excellent feed-out lines, with the material being spread over a long distance which is ideal for us. I’ve also used it for taking hedge clippings to the burning pit – works well” says Murray. “Hustler made sure we were happy with it from day one.” The machine was supplied by Hustler’s Southland agent, Farmchief Machinery.
- Murray Ballantine, Southland, New Zealand - SL-350
“The Hustler bale feeder is the best investment I have made since constructing a slatted shed for my cattle and purchasing a tractor. We currently feed over 300 bales a year and since the arrival of the Hustler it has saved me from the back breaking work of forking my cattle silage. I now have the capability to feed 60 cattle in under 30 minutes with minimum effort. The cost of the Hustler is very small when it is spaced out over 5 years per animal.”
Easy to use.
Single level feed control make it very easy to use and ideal for share milkers.
Toughest chain on the market.
Super strong roller chains with the combined strength of 24,000lbs, with tough 40mm x 40mm zinc-plated bars. Bars are bolted to the chain, a stronger and more easily replaceable system.
Tough polyethylene floor.
Non corrosive, impervious to UV, slippery, easily repairable and very shock resistant. Fully enclosed – no wastage of expensive feed. Long bed can take 5’ long bales.
Instead of bushes we use longer lasting block bearings, mounted outboard to keep them clean and free of damage.
Best bale security on the market.
The high rear bar means the bale cannot screw off the back on hills. Optional side rails are available.
Bars are 4-5 times stronger torsionally than angle type bars of same size. We’ve bolted them to the chain which is stronger and for different bale types blank bars or bars with more aggressive teeth are available and can simply be bolted on in a matter of minutes.
Zinc plated chains rated to 24,000lbs with the larger diameter rollers and pins make our chain drive system almost twice as strong as our competitors. And the greater surface on each roller pin increases chain life because they can’t stretch or snake.
Low Maintenance Bearings
Protected double sealed heavy-duty 4-bolt bearings with trash shields are mounted outboard of the feeding chamber, which makes them last longer than internally mounted bushes.
Our 6 tooth sprockets are made from Bisalloy (the same material a bulldozer blade is made from) so they last forever. With smaller diameter sprockets less torque is required to drive the chains, giving more drive power for tough bales. Designed so it is impossible for chain to jump off the sprocket saves you downtime in the field.
The unique rope guide makes disconnection easy because of a direct pull of the rope on the latch. It also keeps the rope out of the way of the tractor tyre.
Fully enclosed extruded polyethylene floor reduces feed waste and it will never corrode. Being polyethylene it is slippery with 30% less drag compared to steel which makes feeding sticky silage or wet bales easy.
Increased front and rear bale support reduces feed falling out and a high back bar keeps the bale in the chamber when operating on steep terrain.
High Hook & Hardened Drive
A high mounted connection hook creates a large triangle of strength reducing the stress on the loading tynes. And the hardened drive connection is built to last.
Unequal Length Tynes
Unequal length tynes make connecting the feeder easy. You’ll only need to line up one tyne, then back straight in.
Ultra Low Cradle
Ultra low cradle for loading.
Dual Side Feed
A single level control enables the SL-350 to feed bales out to the left or right and gives precise control of the feed rate.