19 April 1996

Big round bale carrier adds another string to ATVs bow

Roll-on/roll-off transport of round bales with the Farmrite Balebuggy.

By Alan Barker

LOADING, transporting and unloading big round bales of silage or straw could be both simple and easy using the Balebuggy produced by Keith Jackson of Farmrite Fabrications, Kirkby-moorside, North Yorkshire.

Tried and tested on the North York Moors farm of his nephew, Norman Tinsley, at Farndale, the Balebuggy has proved an invaluable tool for many transport jobs, including taking square bales of hay and ewe nuts out to the 800-ewe moorland flock.

It has also made the 4 x 4 ATV an important work-horse on the farm for eight months of the year, dispensing with the need for a second tractor.

Comprising a chassis-mounted bale tray and a snap locking bale rake arm, operation is simple. Reversing up to the bale sees the carrying tray tip while the arm, fitted with either spikes or roller, follows the contour of the bale and snaps into a locked position. Forward movement with the chassis wheel brakes fully applied rolls the bale on to the carrying tray. Round bales weighing up to 650kg have been safely carried – the Balebuggy has high degree stability on slopes and uneven ground. The basic machine is priced at £1095 – lights add another £90. The pick-up arm is fitted with spikes as standard, but an interchangeable roller arm to allow wrapped bales to be moved without damage to the plastic is available for another £160. &#42