Transporter with a twist: Square bales anyone?
An interesting new square bale collector, developed by Wilson Engineering, was launched at last week’s National Ploughing Championships.
Called the Super Move 10 Square, the Laois-based company designed it in a similar style to its better-known round bale counterpart, also dubbed the Super Move 10.
When put into action, the Super Move 10 Square squeezes the bales in a manner similar to that of a loader-mounted handler; this is done collectively, so the bales are released each time a new bale is lined up to be gathered.
Up to 10 bales (5.5ft X 4ft X 3ft) can be transported at a time on the trailer (that was exhibited at the event) – transporters that can handle other bale sizes can be made to order. Three double-acting spools are required to operate the unit.
Commenting on the new transporter, Adam Wilson of Wilson Engineering said that it was very similar to the original Super Move 10, which was well proven ‘in the field’. The latest incarnation of the Super Move series has the same chassis and wheels as the original – 550/45 22.5s up to 710/40 22.5s – but has modified cages for collecting the square (rather than round) bales.
The same principles also apply, Wilson says, to the ‘Square’ as to the original, with labour saving being a primary objective in the design. With the transporter, a farmer can do all the work themselves, without having to rely on another tractor to load.
The list price for a Super Move 10 Square is €29,500 excluding VAT.
About Wilson Engineering
Based in Crettyard, Co. Laois, Wilson Engineering specialises in bale transport and fertiliser spreader bogeys. Going from “strength to strength”, the company has sold Super Move 10s to places as far-flung as Switzerland, Sweden, Germany and the US (New York State to be precise).
Discussing the latest incarnation of the original (round bale) Super Move, which caters for all bales – silage, hay and straw – Wilson noted that the ‘Square’ version actually came about following a specific request from a customer.
Having spent the summer testing the newest transporter in Cork – working all ‘teething problems’ out of the design – Wilson said that he was “very happy” to now put the transporter into full production.