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    I just purchased the 10 bale grapple for delivery next week ... Does anyone have the plans to build the accumulator that fits the FEL?

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    Default Re: Square bale Grapple and accumulator

    Blueriver go to wrlong.com and check out his. He has one that is called a grapulator that does it all.
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    Default Re: Square bale Grapple and accumulator

    Quote Originally Posted by blueriver View Post
    I just purchased the 10 bale grapple for delivery next week ... Does anyone have the plans to build the accumulator that fits the FEL?
    I assume your FEL as a skid steer quick attach adapter on the ends of the arms. Here's the QA on my Mahindra 5525

    Square bale Grapple and accumulator-dscf0110-small-jpgSquare bale Grapple and accumulator-dscf0111-small-jpg

    I couldn't afford a store-bought accumulator-grapple, so I made my own. It's an 8-bale squeeze (2-twine small bales) with a detachable accumulator that
    rides on the arms of the bale squeeze.

    Square bale Grapple and accumulator-dscf0151-small-jpgSquare bale Grapple and accumulator-dscf0152-small-jpg

    You can get an idea of the design of the accumulator from these photos.
    The bale squeeze has a skid steer QA plate welded to its backside

    Square bale Grapple and accumulator-dscf0087-small-jpg

    The accumulator was pretty easy to build from rough sketches.

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    Default Re: Square bale Grapple and accumulator

    Quote Originally Posted by jlsmith View Post
    Blueriver go to wrlong.com and check out his. He has one that is called a grapulator that does it all.
    Thats correct and I did check them out ... however they accumulate, grapple, load but they DO NOT unload ... I needed the unloading as well.

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    Default Re: Square bale Grapple and accumulator

    Quote Originally Posted by blueriver View Post
    Thats correct and I did check them out ... however they accumulate, grapple, load but they DO NOT unload ... I needed the unloading as well.
    Oh ok i didnt know you couldnt unload with it.

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    Default Re: Square bale Grapple and accumulator

    Quote Originally Posted by flusher View Post
    I assume your FEL as a skid steer quick attach adapter on the ends of the arms. Here's the QA on my Mahindra 5525

    Square bale Grapple and accumulator-dscf0110-small-jpgSquare bale Grapple and accumulator-dscf0111-small-jpg

    I couldn't afford a store-bought accumulator-grapple, so I made my own. It's an 8-bale squeeze (2-twine small bales) with a detachable accumulator that
    rides on the arms of the bale squeeze.

    Square bale Grapple and accumulator-dscf0151-small-jpgSquare bale Grapple and accumulator-dscf0152-small-jpg

    You can get an idea of the design of the accumulator from these photos.
    The bale squeeze has a skid steer QA plate welded to its backside

    Square bale Grapple and accumulator-dscf0087-small-jpg

    The accumulator was pretty easy to build from rough sketches.
    Yes I have the Skid Steer QA ... They want right at $10K for everything ... Like you I just can not justify that. So I elected to go with the 10 bale grapple and will be working on the 10 bale accumulator for the FEL in the shop this winter...

    I went with the Rafter M 10 bale Grapple out of Texas ... he was running an off season special and saved a few hundred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlsmith View Post
    Oh ok i didnt know you couldnt unload with it.
    Yes per WR Long ...

    This unit can accumulate, transport, and load square bale hay, however it does not unload if the owner chooses to tighten up the hay when he loads the trailer. In the video of the Grapalator on our website you will notice that the operator slides the hay toward the front of the trailer to help tighten the hay for transport, however since the gaps have been collapsed then the dividers of the Grapalator will not have room to go back down between the bales. If the operator sells most of his hay in the field or if the barn is to small to load then this is not an issue, otherwise a grapple will be needed.

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    Default Re: Square bale Grapple and accumulator

    Quote Originally Posted by blueriver View Post
    Yes I have the Skid Steer QA ... They want right at $10K for everything ... Like you I just can not justify that. So I elected to go with the 10 bale grapple and will be working on the 10 bale accumulator for the FEL in the shop this winter...

    I went with the Rafter M 10 bale Grapple out of Texas ... he was running an off season special and saved a few hundred.
    I have about $1.5K invested in that homemade bale squeeze/accumulator- includes the steel, hydraulics and $125 from eBay for the skid steer attach plate that's welded to the back of the bale squeeze. It was a winter project several years ago.

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    Default Re: Square bale Grapple and accumulator

    Quote Originally Posted by flusher View Post
    I have about $1.5K invested in that homemade bale squeeze/accumulator- includes the steel, hydraulics and $125 from eBay for the skid steer attach plate that's welded to the back of the bale squeeze. It was a winter project several years ago.
    I am interested to know more about the squeeze ... I couldn't see from the pic. I assume when your bales are acumulated in the buch of 8 bales then your machine "squeeze's" them to lift them ... how about unloading?

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