Central Welding Company, primarily known for heavy-duty bale spikes and forks has introduced a new line of affordable bale feeders, with prices starting under a thousand dollars. Available in sizes ranging from 7’X7’ to 8’X24’, these heavy-duty bale feeders accommodate all sizes of round and large square bales. Skid style bale feeders can by very difficult to move, but CWC’s bale feeders have integrated fork slots in the frame of the feeders. Simply insert your pallet forks or two-prong bale spear and lift the feeder with ease.
A solid welded structural square tube frame sets this feeder apart from most competitors. “A lot of the bale feeders you see are constructed with surplus, or oil field tube and pipe. The quickest and most economical way to construct them is to basically smash the ends of the pipe where weld joints occur. It may be the quickest and easiest, but it certainly isn’t the strongest,” said Jerod Fricke, Vice President of CWC.
He went on to elaborate, saying, “Smashing the ends of the pipe does two things: one, it creates a weak point where the pipe has been smashed, and two, it cuts the amount of weld holding the piece in place nearly in half.”
CWC’s main frames are constructed with mitered joints and fully welded. The bale cradles are made from solid round bar, three quarters of an inch in diameter, and the same two-inch square tubing the main frame is made from, makes up the rails that hold the bale off of the ground.
A simple slant bar and cradle system insures that bales stay centered and cattle keep their heads in the feeder while eating. The added top boards keep cows from reaching over the top, pulling hay out and dropping it on the ground. “The typical bale ring still has its place, that’s certain. But, when you’re looking for hay conservation, practicality, durability, and value; it’s just not applicable,” commented Jerod.
Fricke continued to elaborate on the design concept of the new feeders. “I spent the last two years essentially bugging the heck out of every cattle producer I could find, to help give me insight into what they liked and didn’t like about the feeders they currently had. In addition, I also spent countless hours on the tailgate of my pickup–watching cattle eat hay. And yes, that’s about as much fun as it sounds. But, it gave me an incredible amount of information going into the design stages of this product.”
CWC is offering options, including bunk floors, silage inserts, a gated end to make loading with a three point or truck mounted spear possible, a metal roof, and even a wagon option for the larger feeders. CWC is also in the design stages of an equestrian and horned cattle model.
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