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    Default Re: Safety concerns when moving hay bales

    Quote Originally Posted by k0ua View Post
    I ran over a parked pickup in my hayfield once. :

    Pictures? I would like to see how it turned out.
    Sorry, James, no pictures.
    My cousin was baling my hay with his new Vermeer. I was finished raking, and had started moving the rolls to the barn. A service tech, from the Vermeer dealer, had pulled up beside the baler, then hopped on my cousin's tractor for a ride-a-long. I forgot all about that pickup parked in the middle of the hay field - until I hit it!!! Centered the hood with the hay bale, and the forks went through the windshield. The service tech thought it was funny. (but, I didn't laugh about it for a few days)
    Back then, I was running my NH 7610S MFWD (100hp) tractor with FEL, 8' wide bucket, and bucket forks. After that day, I bought a hay spear for it.
    My insurance paid for the damage to the truck, so the only thing hurt was my pride.
    I try to put that behind me. It's been several years, but I probably still need therapy.
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    Default Re: Safety concerns when moving hay bales

    I would also recommend putting a grapple on to help hold the bale while you are moving it. Especially with the round bales they vary a lot from bale to bale in terms of how tight they are. When they are loose they are difficult to pick up with just forks. With the grapple you can squeeze it a little and control it much better. Also if you are lifting the 3X3X8 or 4X4X8 square bales it is better to have a wider set of forks with more than 2 tines.

    Todd

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    Default Re: Safety concerns when moving hay bales

    Keep a low center of gravity meaning keep the bale as close to the ground as is convenient for as long as you can. Some of the comments may have had to do with lifting round bales from the side, like in a bucket, with no grapple over the top, raising too high, and the bale rolls back over the operator station. A 1500# bale of hay rolling over you is not very funny.

    I don't see it that much of a problem with squares. Other thing in forking squares, is that the ties may not be adequate to keep the bale intact while lifting. On a round bale you have lots of wraps of twine or a complete wrap of plastic giving you good density control. Spears in my opinion are a must for those, stuck in the flat end(s).

    Don't make sharp turns. A wide front helps in stability over a row crop. On a hill, line up with the hill vertically, no sideways running if you can help it. If you have to, hanging a weight on a string (off the steering column which is usually tractor center line) will tell you where it is and always ensure that it is inside the rear tire print on the downside of the hill.

    Fluid in the rear tires helps to lower the CG and helps with stability not only on hills, but also in keeping the rears on the ground. Course adding a 3pt implement for a counterbalance works fine too; like a Brush Hog for one.

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    Default Re: Safety concerns when moving hay bales

    FYI:
    This quick attach frame comes with both pallet forks and bale spears. I have one. The forks work good but I can't testify on the bale spears as I haven't used them yet.
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    Default Re: Safety concerns when moving hay bales

    Turtle, , and you have already gotten every bit of advice that I could give on this topic. And, it's all good and true.

    You won't understand a lot of it, fully, until you have gotten your tractor and hay equipment.

    If you will only need to move 1 bale at a time around on your place and never lift it very high, get a 3ph bale mover. But, it cannot be used to lift a bale from or to a trailer. This is the safest method for many reasons...always low to ground, weight distribution always good, can't roll back on you, etc.

    A hay spike on the front has the benefits and risks already covered.

    If you need to move numerous bales at one time, having a front and rear carrying capability halves the time required and allows you to have a bale as counterweight on the rear...but you need the tractor capable of doing this.
    Joy is having the tools you need and needing the tools you have!

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    Default Re: Safety concerns when moving hay bales

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot62 View Post
    Sorry, James, no pictures.
    My cousin was baling my hay with his new Vermeer. I was finished raking, and had started moving the rolls to the barn. A service tech, from the Vermeer dealer, had pulled up beside the baler, then hopped on my cousin's tractor for a ride-a-long. I forgot all about that pickup parked in the middle of the hay field - until I hit it!!! Centered the hood with the hay bale, and the forks went through the windshield. The service tech thought it was funny. (but, I didn't laugh about it for a few days)
    Back then, I was running my NH 7610S MFWD (100hp) tractor with FEL, 8' wide bucket, and bucket forks. After that day, I bought a hay spear for it.
    My insurance paid for the damage to the truck, so the only thing hurt was my pride.
    I try to put that behind me. It's been several years, but I probably still need therapy.
    I bet that made an "expensive sound" when the forks went thru the windshield.
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    Default Re: Safety concerns when moving hay bales

    Quote Originally Posted by Dozernut View Post
    What whistlepig said. The wife's cousin was moving round bales raised too high on forks, hit a bump and he is now a paraplegic. Get yourself a bale spear, carry low and be safe.
    Same thing happened to a former coworker a couple years back.

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    Default Re: Safety concerns when moving hay bales

    Quote Originally Posted by fordmantpw View Post
    Same thing happened to a former coworker a couple years back.
    I saw a youtube video of a reenactment of a Dr. that was moving a round bale with forks, and lifted a bit high and bounced a bale over himself. He is lucky to be alive because of a quick thinking wife and good EMT's but he is paralyzed of course.

    My thoughts are don't move round bales with forks. Get the proper bale spike, and still carry low until you are are stacking and just barely moving.
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    Default Re: Safety concerns when moving hay bales

    Quote Originally Posted by k0ua View Post
    I saw a youtube video of a reenactment of a Dr. that was moving a round bale with forks, and lifted a bit high and bounced a bale over himself. He is lucky to be alive because of a quick thinking wife and good EMT's but his is paralyzed of course.

    My thoughts are don't move round bales with forks. Get the proper bale spike, and still carry low until you are are stacking and just barely moving.
    I've never moved a round bale, but I have the same thoughts.

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    Default Re: Safety concerns when moving hay bales

    Quote Originally Posted by k0ua View Post
    I bet that made an "expensive sound" when the forks went thru the windshield.
    Yep. Bending sheet metal and crashing glass are two sounds that you do NOT want to hear in the hay field.
    Thought I was going to be sick, literally.
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