The all new SL360X is easier to use than any other type chain feeder on the market today. It is also the most innovative, with 6 unique features you won’t find on any other bale feeder that makes it easier to use, more versatile, and saves your precious time. Recommended for farms feeding 50-800 bales each year, the self-loading 3-point linkage mounted feeder is suitable for feeding out all but the tightest of round bales and baled silage, loose silage, maize, fodder-beet and more…
“Absolutely the best feeder i've ever used. Really easy to put on and off, safe on the hills, pretty close to the tractor and you don't lose any baleage while feeding out”
- Willie Berkers, Waikato, New Zealand - SL360X
The Hustler SL360X balefeeder by a New Zealand company based out of the Hawke’s Bay is another fine example of quality New Zealand made product. Feeding out round bales, unchopped silage it performed very well. A couple of key design features here which impressed me the most is an automatic locking and unlocking system, so there’s no need for ropes dangling out the back of the tractor. You’ve got high-tensile forks instead of larger ones which are uneven lengths so are easier to line up and with the cones, hitching and unhitching is very simple. You’ve got covered panels, there’s one on each end, which adds a lot of versatility to the machine. You can put fodder beet, maize silage, and other bits and bobs that you can also feed into your trough. Another key feature here is the plastic, which has significantly reduced the drag over steel and stainless steel, which follows the shaft all the way around so you don’t get any silage wrapping around it. It’s 8% heavier, but it’s 30% stronger, so it’s able to take 1200kg bales, which as balers are becoming higher capacity, this is just keeping up with the times although still keeping the same size drive motor so it doesn’t require as much torque to turn the large wet heavy silage bales, so overall, top marks!
- Jaiden Drought, Farm Trader Tester, SL360X
The Snaplox auto connect/disconnect hands-free loading system saves you time, saves you having to tug on a rope to disconnect, and saves you from twisting your back. It’s fail-safe, fast and operates naturally.
Toughest chain and floor bars on the market, is bullet-proof and lasts the entire life span of the feeder. 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 new Thermoform fully enclosed polyethylene floor with covered drive shafts which eliminate wrapping. It’s 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.
Low maintenance. Just 4 grease nipples is all it takes to maintain the SL-360X, that’s because instead of bushes we use longer lasting, fully sealed block bearings, mounted outboard to keep them clean and free of damage from acidic silage juices. We’ve also added bearing covers which prevent debris from causing damage.
Flexible design – do you operate in barns, outdoors, on steep country, with a tele-loader, supplement with loose silage or fodder beet? With the flexible configuration of the SL-360X, your new feeder will suit all of the above. No other feeder allows this level of flexibility which gives you peace of mind, should you want to change the way you operate. You won’t need to change your feeder.
Floor bars are 4-5 times stronger torsionally than angle type bars of the 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 without breaking the chain.
The bolt on lower hitch mounts allows for the feeder to be off-set by 180mm in either direction, another unique feature that allows operators to distribute the feed closer to the head-bails and stock in barns eliminating double handling of the feed saving your time. The off-set feature works for both 3 point linkage and most loader mounts.
To simplify loading and connecting, we’ve allowed you to connect or load from either end of the cradle. This also allows operators to switch the direction the bale is being unrolled without unloading the bale, which makes feeding tighter bales on both sides of the passage in single access barns much quicker and easier.
Bearings outlast bushes, require less grease and self-align to the shafts. These 3 reasons are why farmers prefer our double sealed heavy duty 4-bolt bearings with trash shields over the bushes. We mount them outboard of the feeding chamber, which prevents silage juices from accelerating wear and we’ve now covered them to eliminate debris from causing damage.
Our 6 tooth sprockets are made from Bisalloy (the same material used in a bulldozer blade) 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 the chain to jump off the sprockets, this saves you downtime in the field.