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    11-18-2012, 12:31 AM
Lol, I figure it's going to look pretty hilarious. It's WAY out in the country though, so people probably won't stare too much.
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    11-18-2012, 12:34 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by rascalboy    
Lol, I figure it's going to look pretty hilarious. It's WAY out in the country though, so people probably won't stare too much.
I'm from the middle of nowhere but I'd still stare lol. Take pictures of whatever you end up doing :)
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    11-18-2012, 12:34 AM
Thanks Muppergirl! See you at the family reuinion! ;)

CCH: So... I should try rolling 800lbs of hay two blocks down the road? By hand? What if it rolls away? And... it's 800lbs. I'm not thinkin' that's going to go real well.
And by square bales, I actually meant square bales. See, you can get round bales, and large square bales, and then small bales around here.
    11-18-2012, 12:35 AM
I'll video tape it.
    11-18-2012, 12:38 AM
Can any of your horses drive? ;)
Roll the bale onto a pallet (or skid I think people call them) strap it on, I'm sure you can find some long, thick ropes. Hitch the horse up to the pallet! Walla!

;) If your horses aren't skilled like that you could hitch it to your truck with the skid, just drive real slow, hitch it on both sides so it doesn't spin out.
    11-18-2012, 12:38 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by rascalboy    
I'll video tape it.
Even better. I await this video.
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    11-18-2012, 12:45 AM
I was actually considering having one of them haul it. My mare has a ton of arthritis so I decided not to.
I was considering a skid as well. I brought a few along today. I'll see if I can get the silly bale up onto it. :)
    11-18-2012, 01:12 AM
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If I had to do it, I'd probably do it this way: Get a little thicker sheet of plywood and drill holes in it to accommodate the tie down straps. Knock together a "sled" by putting 2x4s or 2x6s under the plywood to act as runners. Attach the tow rope to the runners. Bring along a longer pry bar (or crow bar) to give you some leverage getting them on to the sled. Just remember you won't have good stopping control with these so keep it slow.
    11-18-2012, 01:15 AM
Seems as though the simplest way would be to offer the hay delivery guy an extra $20 to put it where you want it. I'm assuming he (or she) is getting paid by the hour (and not real well).

(Got to wonder about the attitude of your supplier, though. Sure, you may have a hay shortage this year, but what about next year, and the year after? Will you be going back to the jerk who messed with you this year?)

If that fails, and you have round bales, drive a piece of pipe through the center. Tie two ropes at the ends of the pipe (in loops, so the pipe can rotate freely), and that to the trailer hitch of your truck. Wrap a tarp (or old blanket, etc) around the outside, and drive slowly pulling the bale.
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    11-18-2012, 01:15 AM
Here's the issue, you are asking for almost the impossible. And your attitude about it really isn't helping, or making people inclined to help you.

If you can be there, offer the driver an extra $50 to take them the two blocks. The company may well have a policy of not driving bales anywhere fancy because they are busy, the driver probably wouldn't mind the extra $$ and would do it.

If you put it on a skid, first, how would you do that? The skid is going to move and it's going to be especially tricky.
Once it's on the skid, it's going to grind away to nothing and leave debris all over the road. The only way that wouldn't happen is if you somehow attach wheels to the skid. Lowes sells the caster type for $20 for 4, I'd think you could drill them into the skid.

I don't know how you would get the bale onto the skid though. You'd have to tow it with your truck. But the skid is going to move out from under it, even if you use breeze blocks they would move.
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