Unloading round bales

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Unloading round bales

Post by cowboy43 » Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:36 pm

What is the minimum hp tractor with front end loader that could be used to unload and stack round hay bales 3 high weighing 1000 to 1200 lbs.



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Re: Unloading round bales

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:49 pm

cowboy43 wrote:
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What is the minimum hp tractor with front end loader that could be used to unload and stack round hay bales 3 high weighing 1000 to 1200 lbs.
I use a Kubota M7040 4wd to do just that. Not sure I’d want anything smaller.
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Re: Unloading round bales

Post by kenny thomas » Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:54 pm

I can do it with a Ford 4630 4x4. 60hp. Many tractors can lift it but keeping the rear end on the ground can be a problem
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Re: Unloading round bales

Post by Caustic Burno » Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:01 pm

cowboy43 wrote:
Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:36 pm
What is the minimum hp tractor with front end loader that could be used to unload and stack round hay bales 3 high weighing 1000 to 1200 lbs.
When I baled hay I owned several tractors it comes down to weight more than horsepower when lifting overhead.
Today’s new tractors I would say a minimum of 60hp. With some of the short coupled new ones I would want a bale on the back. I got rid of a 50hp fwd because it stood on end more than once. I would want a tractor that weighed at least 4500 lbs IMOO.
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Re: Unloading round bales

Post by True Grit Farms » Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:07 pm

A 55gal drum cut in half filled with concrete and adapted to fit on the 3pt hitch will fix all your tipping concerns.
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Re: Unloading round bales

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:23 pm

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A 55gal drum cut in half filled with concrete and adapted to fit on the 3pt hitch will fix all your tipping concerns.
Or just spear another bale to counter balance the weight.
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Re: Unloading round bales

Post by Caustic Burno » Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:46 pm

True Grit Farms wrote:
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A 55gal drum cut in half filled with concrete and adapted to fit on the 3pt hitch will fix all your tipping concerns.

I have a 30 gallon with a drawbar through it filled with concrete.
Your right it works it’s a pain in the butt to hook up to move a few bales of hay.
I would hook it on my small tractors in a pinch.
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Re: Unloading round bales

Post by Caustic Burno » Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:51 pm

TennesseeTuxedo wrote:
Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:23 pm
True Grit Farms wrote:
Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:07 pm
A 55gal drum cut in half filled with concrete and adapted to fit on the 3pt hitch will fix all your tipping concerns.
Or just spear another bale to counter balance the weight.

In some cases like mine you don’t have that bale till you take it off the trailer.


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Re: Unloading round bales

Post by cowrancher75 » Sun Jun 02, 2019 5:03 pm

probably a 55hp with a bale on the rear would be OK.. depending on the tractor..

like a 5055 JD would be OK.. a old 50hp ford.. idk

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Re: Unloading round bales

Post by gcreekrch » Sun Jun 02, 2019 5:21 pm

Does no one put calcium in tires anymore?

Safest would be 60 hp + with loaded rear tires. 2 wheel drive front ends take an awful beating carrying a loader.
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Re: Unloading round bales

Post by bird dog » Sun Jun 02, 2019 5:25 pm

I wouldn't go less than 65. I also have a M7040 that will do it but I wouldn't want to without the tires being filled and or a counterweight as noted. My tires are filled with rim guard.

Its tough to to do because its over the top of the tractor at maximum lift and you don't have much push when it comes to taking it back down. Its hard to see what you are doing and time consuming. My hay barn is tall enough to do it but I seldom do.

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Re: Unloading round bales

Post by chevytaHOE5674 » Sun Jun 02, 2019 5:32 pm

I unload hundreds of bales a year from a double stacked trailer and pile them 3 high with a Ford 5000 with loaded back tires and once I have a bale off the trailer I keep one on the rear spear for some added stability.

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Re: Unloading round bales

Post by Mat Man » Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:11 pm

I stacked hay 3 high today with Ford 5600 with loaded rear tires

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Re: Unloading round bales

Post by JW IN VA » Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:33 pm

kenny thomas wrote:
Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:54 pm
I can do it with a Ford 4630 4x4. 60hp. Many tractors can lift it but keeping the rear end on the ground can be a problem
Weight of the tractor and stability are more important than power.
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Re: Unloading round bales

Post by snoopdog » Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:40 pm

This time of year we keep the 3pt brush hog on a 4600 ford, it works, more than 1 way to skin a dog.
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