I am currently at a friends farm, and he has a problem: he does not have a tractor, and lets a neighbour press his hay bales. Some (from last year) were covered by a tarp in a field, rotted a bit, and he needs to move them to use as mulch.
Does anyone have an idea how to move them? It would be sligntly uphill, for a few hundred meters.
I was thinking sticking a metallic pole through the center and pull them with a pulley system, but he is quite broke and rope is expensive...
You could also ask the neighbor if he would be willing to move the hey to the area that needs to be mulched. Most rural people are willing to lend a hand (as long as a returning helping hand is offered/provided).
These are common with the Amish around here. There are also versions that use a spike and a boat winch, but they are slower. They can be used with a decent sized 4 wheeler, too.
I need something, too. I have a tractor and small pickup, but neither are big enough to move a round bale by themselves.
I have rolled them by hand--but it is not easy, especially uphill.
I have also used a rock bar or pipe stuck through the middle and then a loop of rope or chain hooked around a ball hitch on a car.
But that doesn't work to transport a bale that is rotted. Great for spreading the mulch, though!
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