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2EZ bale mover

Vista Supply Co. of Cayley, Alta. has recently become Canada’s first dealer for hay trailers manufactured by GoBob Pipe and Steel in Oklahoma.

Vista co-owners Alan Gregg and Cheryl Markle purchased two 2EZ bale movers from GoBob last summer for use in their own beef and custom haying operations. After moving 2,500 bales without damaging even one, they figured the 2EZ offered a very costeffi cient and convenient way to handle bales.

With the 2EZ, you can load, move and unload round bales from your truck or tractor cab. Though it’s one of the newest in GoBob’s line of 10 styles of hay haulers, the original prototype was designed and used by an Oklahoma dairy family back in the early days of big round bales.

The 2EZ comes in a five-bale bumper hitch and a six-bale gooseneck design. Both can be pulled behind a truck, or a three-point hitch adapter is available for use behind a tractor. The optional portable hydraulic power unit makes it possible to use the 2EZ with any vehicle, however, the trailer’s hydraulic system is compatible with any tractor or bale-bed truck hydraulic system.

The backup loading method is unconventional, but it takes only a few tries to get the knack of using your mirrors or looking back through the rear window, whichever works best for you and your setup, Gregg says.

Pull the 2EZ in front of a flat end of the bale, then square the trailer with the bale as you back up. Lower the deck to the ground and continue moving backward until the rear tips of the runners slide under the bale. Lift the bale and move on to the next one. It will push the first bale forward as it’s loaded, and so on until you have your load. The bales sit securely along the length of the runners for a trip across the field or down the road.

To unload, just back into your row, lower the runners so the bales touch the ground, then move ahead to pull the runners from under the bales. They can also be unloaded one at a time if you’re placing them at a wintering site for bale feeding. Likewise, the 2EZ can be used to feed bales from the bale yard. Just back into your row, pick up the bales, drive out to the pasture and place them as needed.

Gregg says the 2EZ worked well on rolling terrain, but you can save time when it comes to loading the bales if, when baling, you drop the bales where there will be clear access to them. They were able to move 500 bales from the field to the headland in one afternoon using two units.

There wasn’t a problem with snagging the twine, either. In fact, the 2EZ is an efficient piece of equipment for gently moving bales with broken twine.

Aside from the three-in-one convenience of the 2EZ, Gregg really appreciates the fact that it does all of this without rolling the bale and creating a new bottom side when unloading. The cost of spoilage on two bottom sides can add up in a hurry, especially in wet weather conditions like last year, he says.

He also likes the basic design with no moving parts, which makes the 2EZ a very low-maintenance piece of equipment.

It will be priced around $12,500, depending on freight cost to get the trailers from the plant to Cayley. The optional tractor adapter and portable hydraulic unit are priced separately.

The Tumblebug

The Tumblebug is now available in Canada through Robert H. Laning &Son, wholesale equipment distributors at Waterford, Ont. Manufactured by Durabilt Industries of Pochahontas, Arizona, the Tumblebug has been a popular item in the U.S. since it was introduced back in the 1980s.

The Tumblebug can load, move and unload a big round bale without ropes, winches, or hydraulics all from the cab of your truck or tractor. Back up to the bale and flip the switch to engage the unit’s electric brakes, then continue backing until the loading frame of the cradle touches the bale and the loading arm falls over the top of it. Slowly pull forward to roll the bale into the cradle. Disengage the switch to release the breaks you’re ready to roll.

The Tumblebug weighs approximately 500 pounds and is 144 inches long. It retails for $1,575, f.o.b. Waterford. The only option is mud/snow tires at $375 a pair. Call Rob Laning at 1-800-461-9691, or visit www.laning.ca.

Red Rhino hay trailer

The Red Rhino is an inline, self-unloading hay trailer.

Trevor Cook of Portage la Prairie, Man. took a chance and purchased his 40-foot gooseneck Red Rhino off eBay in October, 2009, while Steve Ganczar of Dauphin, Man., made a trip across the line last summer to pick up his 32-foot gooseneck Red Rhino from Prairie Trailer and RV in Glasgow, Montana. There’s a bumper-hitch model as well and both come in lengths from 21 feet to 40 feet. The new super heavy-duty model is 55 feet long.

Ganczar, who runs a small cow-calf operation, spent a lot of time researching options for bale-moving equipment in his price range after years of borrowing a bumper-hitch flatdeck trailer to haul five bales at a time. He paid US$4,700 and there were no special import requirements or border issues bringing it into Canada.

Inline trailers are a popular item throughout the U.S. because doublewide loads aren’t allowed on the highways and roads in most states, Ganczar says. Visibility down each side of the load to the back of the trailer is great on the road and when backing up in the bale yard.

The Red Rhino comes ready for road travel with protected rear and signal lights and the wiring completely encased in steel tubing. The unit has safety features to hold the bales securely without having to strap them down. With its sturdy construction and dual axle, Ganczar says it handles big round bales and heavy silage bales without swaying or bumping while driving at regular speed limits on highways and gravel roads. His half-ton easily handled pulling the weight — even out of the soft hayfields last summer.

Using a truck rather than a tractor saves fuel and cut his hauling time by a third. His neighbour spent all day — from sun-up to sundown — hauling two loads of 22 bales each with his tractor and double-row trailer on a 26-mile round trip. The second day, they hauled 100 bales in 10 hours using Ganczar’s Red Rhino and a sixlitre Chevy truck.

The Red Rhino is loaded from the back end so that the bales are pushed forward as each is loaded. His 55-horsepower tractor idling in low gear has plenty of power to slide the bales ahead on the cradle. There have been no issues with twine snagging and ripping when loading or unloading.

The Red Rhino is a side-unloading trailer. The cradle sits slightly off centre to the unloading side. When the unload lever on the opposite side is in transport position, there’s no way the cradle can tip. Make sure the unload side is clear before opening the unload lever, which releases two safety locks making it possible for one person to tip the load off with a shove. The bales stay in a pipe-like row, so there’s no re-stacking unless you need to make space in your bale yard.

Cook says his Red Rhino has worked flawlessly and he says it has been “miles of smiles” hauling hay ever since he purchased it. He has even started up a custom hay-hauling business. You can view his unit on his Kijiji Winnipeg ad 174282884.

Cook had been fighting with hauling small square bales or tying down large round bales on a small flatbed trailer to haul hay for the kids’ 4-H calves, which they keep at their grandparents’ farm near Gainsborough. Borrowing the neighbour’s gooseneck trailer to haul bales right from the field made the job easier, but there was the problem of waiting for the tractor to get back to the farm to unload.

He says he uses his one-ton Chevy 4X4 with a good, old-fashioned 454 Big Block Power to haul large round bales at highway speed without breaking a sweat. His Red Rhino has 14-ply tires filled to 110 pounds per square inch and electric brakes on both axles. The easy-lube axles are the slickest he’s seen with rubber dust seals on the bearing caps that can be popped off for easy access to the grease nipple.

For more information contact Vista Supply at 403-395-2431, or check out videos of the trailers in action on the website at www.gobobpipe.com. Steve Ganczar at 204-638-4794, Trevor Cook at 204-239-6888, or Kevin James at Prairie Trailer and RV at 406-228-8900 welcome calls about the Red Rhino.

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