One of the handiest things that I have ever done is mount a hay spear on the back of a pick up truck. I can pick up and move large round bales, even down high speed highways and just about anywhere on the farm. I bought an old Dodge pick up (the kind that you park in front of the neighbors so no one knows that it belongs to you) and welded a frame onto the back supports. I made a large heavy duty T shaped frame to mount the spear and two spikes on and used a bar across the welded frame for it to pivot on. I started out using just a come-a-long to raise and lower the bale. I've since gotten an electric winch, but the come-a-long has been so easy to use that I haven't gotten around to mounting it yet. I lift the big 2,000 pound bales (so they tell me) 6' X 5 1/2' with it and move it where ever I need it. I can get enough lift to put it in a saddle too. Using the round bales can be a lot cheaper than square and saves a lot of time in hay moving.
Post by Amy (farmmom) on Feb 25, 2008 10:43:32 GMT -5
You can tell that you aren't from Texas, home of the REDNECKS!! For as long as I can remember I have seen people moving hay around like this. I actually got a 3/4 ton truck with a roll of hay on it, stuck in the middle of our pasture one winter when it was really, really wet. It stayed there until the first part of the summer when it had dried out some. We still had to get a tractor and lift the backend of the truck up some. What a mess!!
Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
It seems fairly uncommon here in Tennessee to mount a spear on the back of a truck. I've often wondered why more folks didn't do it because of the difference in prices between round and square plus how much easier feeding hay is with round bales. It probably cost me less, even with the truck, than it costs for some of the hay moving trailers that are marketed out there.
That one seems a bit spendy. a thousand bucks! You could probably build one for about $200. That includes a winch from Harbor Freight for about 70 bucks. I would recommend hardened speers however. We don't have many big round bales around here, so I don't have the need. I have yet to see a load of round bales come from eastern oregon. Probably because the end buyer does not have the equipment to manage them. If you can pick up a beater truck for only that use, and have a need to move several big round bales, then it is probably worthwhile. With the beater, you wouln't mind drilling holes in the bed. Wouldn't do it to a good truck though. Besides that, you take the risk of bending up your truck. just my suggestions to think about. Jon
Post by wisdomseeker07 on Mar 6, 2008 0:33:21 GMT -5
I don't like round bales because of goats playing "King of the Mountain"Then everybody wants to lay on the downed hay and do their dirty work on it. I have seen them do their dirty work on the mountain.Big waste of hay.And building or buying a contraptions to keep them out of it is just not in the pocket book.
The one that I'm using has an upright arm from the cross beam for leverage. Then you can use a come-a-long fairly easily or mount your electric winch in the front of the bed so that you don't take up so much room with the hydraulic unit.
We have developed a hydraulic lifting hay spear for an suv or a pick up. We have a few left at the introductory price of $495 plus tax and shipping. Our website is www.gloverenterprises.com if you want to check it out. Or just search for hay spear for suv and we are the first listing.