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        11-18-2012, 12:16 AM
      #31
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    Originally Posted by jamesqf    
    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?
    Maybe the attitude of the hay supplier was influenced by the attitude of the customer on the phone.
         
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        11-18-2012, 12:26 AM
      #32
    Weanling
    Chevaux: Good idea! I hadn't thought of runners yet. I'd considered wheels, but then, of course, the bale would slam into my bumper when I stopped.

    James: If I could be there, it might be possible to offer him some money to dump them down the road. I think they're delivering in the afternoon though, and I work/go to school then, and I live an hour and a half away... Besides, why spend $50 when I can just expend some more effort and do it myself? As far as their attitude, well, I'd hope I could just use local guys next year. We're paying twice as much for hay now than normal, and having to have it brought in from much farther away than usual, so I doubt the people care much.
         
        11-18-2012, 12:28 AM
      #33
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jamesqf
    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?

    Maybe the attitude of the hay supplier was influenced by the attitude of the customer on the phone.
    It's actually a very common practice for people around here. They have semi-trucks and large trailers hauling the hay. It's not as if they bring tractors along to manuver through barns and place the bales exactly where you want them.
         
        11-18-2012, 12:30 AM
      #34
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    Originally Posted by rascalboy    
    I'd considered wheels, but then, of course, the bale would slam into my bumper when I stopped.
    So what? If you are going slow enough, walking pace, it isn't going to bother the truck and then you can use your brakes to stop it.

    I hope you live in a really quiet area as you are totally getting a ticket if the police see this crap.
         
        11-18-2012, 12:36 AM
      #35
    Trained
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    Dear OP, if you can't convince the driver to bring your hay down two blocks, not even with a few extra bucks, how about grabbing your friend and roll it. If the bales are nice and tight, they roll. And don't say they're too heavy. If I can roll a 500lbs bale bymyself, two men, adults, can certainly roll one of those.
    With big squares, well, I guess it's either finding somebody with a loader in the neighborhood or taking it opened, flake by flake on the truck. Should be fairly "clean", since the biggens are baled very tight.
         
        11-18-2012, 12:37 AM
      #36
    Weanling
    Alex: Yeah, you're right, 1000lbs of moving hay won't damage my bumper at all. I'm sure it will be even more fun when I go down the lovely hill at the end of the driveway.
    As for getting a ticket, well, you apparently missed the part when I mentioned it's WAY out in the country. I have yet to see a cop and I've been going out there for a year. And I think the cop would actually offer to help.
         
        11-18-2012, 12:39 AM
      #37
    Weanling
    Desert: I'm just a wee bit concerned about what would happen when I pushed it down the hill. I'm thinking it would take a lot of effort to stop that thing. Plus the road has all sorts of oil and stuff on it. But thank you. We can try it if all else fails, lol.
         
        11-18-2012, 12:44 AM
      #38
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    And how the heck were we supposed to know there is a hill - all you said was two blocks.

    Good luck with your problem. I am done trying to be helpful.
         
        11-18-2012, 12:44 AM
      #39
    Started
    What about wrapping it in a tarp and rolling it. If there's something strong enough at the bottom of the hill to stop it that won't be damaged the hill could be to your advantage. Wrap it in the tarp and tie it, keep long strands of the tied rope to hold onto if you need to slow it down at any point. 2 people would probably be better and I don't think you could full stop it on a steep hill, but you could slow it - just wear gloves ;)
         
        11-18-2012, 12:45 AM
      #40
    Green Broke
    We're in a drought here....

    I offered the hay guy some pretty green pieces of paper and he brought hay forks, attached them to my tractor, unloaded and stacked my hay for me.

    Who knew....

    Oh, and I don't know of ANY hay supplier that will deliver large bales of hay without bringing along machinery to move it unless you have the proper machinery at your place. They have to get them off the trailer somehow!
         

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