Smart People Needed: How do you move heavy hay?
My friends and I are currently trying to decide how to transport heavy hay (700lb-1000lb bales) from my friend's house (the hay guys will drop it there) to my horse's pasture, two blocks away.
They could be round bales or square bales.
I can shove a tow rope on it and haul it with my truck, but I really don't want to haul a round bale down the street. I don't think I'd have much hay left after that trip, lol.
We do not have a tractor, and probably don't have a trailer either. :)
I was thinking about using my truck to haul it onto a big piece of plywood and somehow dragging the plywood down the road (like a sled...) but A) I don't know how I'd do that and B) I'm not sure plywood is strong enough for 700-1000lbs of hay.
Any ideas? Anyway to shove the thing in the bed of my truck? I have ramps...
If your horses pasture is two blocks away.....why can't you get it dropped there? Or get your truck there early and have them dump one in your truck box?
We used the skid loader bucket to move the round bales from the arena to the hay loft. We'd roll it onto he skidloader bucket, pick the bucket up and move to desired spot (middle of the loft for us, lol), tilt the bucket level and roll it back off :p If you have a skid loader though..lol.
As for your truck..a round bale (unless it's absolutely monstrous) should fit in the bed of your truck..I'd just be careful about just plopping it down in there, might very well bend parts of your truck, lol.
I think you could sled it down the road on a piece of plyboard though..I may strap it down a little so it doesn't just roll or topple off..if you speed like I do :p lol. That's why I'm not farming..I could not deal with the speed (slowness? Can't really call it speed, haha) of a harvester.(;
I think the plyboard idea was great though, I never would've thought about it, haha.
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No, I don't think you understand: they don't put they hay where you want it. They aren't paid to move the hay at your direction. They drive it out and then dump it in the first empty spot they see, and then drive away. We're in a hay shortage. They can do as they like. Besides, I need several bales.
Iseul: Lol, yeah, no machines for me. I've got a truck, and that's about it. :D
As for the plywood, I agree that it would be nice, but I just can't figure out how to attach a strap to it.
My supplier puts a tire with a 5 gal bucket behind the cab to keep the bale from getting on the wrong side of the wheel wells. He uses the same on the other side to prevent the bale from bending the tail gate. To offload he removes the tailgate, tire and bucket, drives backwards a bit fast then hits the brakes. Bale tumbles out of his truck. That works for the big rounds. What I've done with both a big round and a big square is to tie a stout rope around it, tie the other end to a stout tree or the bottom of a stout fence post and drive out from under it. I then back up and give the bale a bunt to loosen the tension on the rope.
I'm sorry, when I said "the hay guys are going to drop it two blocks away", I assumed people would understand that the hay guys were going to drop it two blocks away. That was silly of me, I know. If the hay guys were willing to drop the hay in my yard, then I would have them drop the hay in my yard, and I wouldn't have the thread on here at all, asking for ideas on how to haul my hay with my truck to my yard.
Saddlebag: Lol, I like the unloading ideas. :D How does he get the bale in the back in the first place? With a tractor?
I was confused as well.... Does your friend have a tractor?
No, no one has a tractor. That's why I originally said this: "We do not have a tractor, and probably don't have a trailer either. :) ".
And then proceeded to ask for advice on how to tow it with my truck... If I had a tractor, or even access to a tractor, I would be using a tractor, and therefore would have no need to post asking for advice on how to move roundbales.
We no have tractor. Or trailer. Or any other mechanical device save for a pickup truck. Yeay.
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