Countdown: The Top 5 Bale Forks
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Technology is an amazing thing, and when it comes to farming it can return huge productivity gains for relatively little effort. Bale forks are essential pieces of equipment that make life much easier on the farm, but which one should you choose? Here is our top 5 countdown, from five to one….

  1. Double Round Bale Fork

The double round bale fork is designed to carry two 4′, 5′ or 6′ round bales side by side, and has Conus II high tensile hay tines. It can be used to spike into the flat side of a round bale or tines can slide underneath, allowing it to be cradled.

Pros: Makes quick work of bale collection time during hay season. 

Cons: Not ideal for single round or square bales as the tine centres don’t suit this application.

  1. Round Bale Fork

Also known as hay bale forks, these can be used to pierce the hay bale (flat side) or you can simply slide the tines under the bale to support it, keeping the bale firmly in place. This ensures the bale cannot rotate during transport or stacking.

Pros: Excellent vision and easy to use when handling single round bales.

Cons: Cannot handle square bales and is limited to round bale handling only.

  1. Ag Loader Square Bale Fork 

The ag loader square bale fork is capable of safely handling individual or multiple bales. It easily transports round or square bales for stacking in sheds or hay stockpiles. It has a standard back frame height of 1.5 metres.

Pros: Great for handling multiple bales (round or square) on a loader.

Cons: Cannot handle more than two square bales without an adjustable back frame.

  1. Telehandler Square Bale Fork

Similar to the ag loader square bale fork, the telehandler square bale fork allows for the safe handling of individual or multiple bales. It can transport both round and square bales, and is used for stacking in sheds or hay stockpiles.

Pros: Excellent for multiple bale handling.

Cons: Height of the back frame can limit its application in low roofed-sheds.

  1. Combifork

Combining the round bale fork and the pallet fork, the Combifork is an ingenius design that combines the best functions of each attachment in one handy unit. It has a simple change over method that stays within the frame, for ease of use.

Pros: Multipurpose attachment with no need to detach any forks.

Cons: Specifically designed for Ag loaders only, and doesn’t fit multiple machines.

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Technology is an amazing thing, and when it comes to farming it can return huge productivity gains for relatively little effort. Bale forks are essential pieces of equipment that make life much easier on the farm, but which one should you choose? Here is our top 5 countdown, from five to one….