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What Is This (And What Do It Do)?

Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:42 pm
by boondocks
I'd like to learn more about farm machinery. So I'm starting a thread in which ignoramuses (ahem. that would be me, but others with no shame can post queries too) can post pictures (from CL or elsewhere) and ask the collective brain trust: "What Is This? And What Do It Do?".
Now, when I say I know nothing about farm machinery, I mean I.know.nothing.about.farm.machinery. Please do take me literally and don't talk about xg7demodulators. :D

Ok, here goes nuthin: What is this, and what do it do?
"International Flail Chopper":
https://utica.craigslist.org/grd/6180161121.html

Re: What Is This (And What Do It Do)?

Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:23 pm
by boondocks
Here's another: "Ag Bagger": (looks like a pile o' junk to me, but maybe it's treasure):
https://utica.craigslist.org/grd/6180154185.html

Re: What Is This (And What Do It Do)?

Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:26 pm
by Nesikep
First one is well.. a flail chopper.. essentially it chops the forage and blows it into a silage wagon to make silage.. There are versions without the blowers as well.

Second one makes those long rows of wrapped silage.. basically stuffs it into a long bag.. it does look pretty beat up though

Re: What Is This (And What Do It Do)?

Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:38 pm
by Aaron
boondocks wrote:Here's another: "Ag Bagger": (looks like a pile o' junk to me, but maybe it's treasure):
https://utica.craigslist.org/grd/6180154185.html


$3k is a sizable down payment on a brand new single bale wrapper.

Re: What Is This (And What Do It Do)?

Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:08 pm
by Nesikep
Aaron wrote:
boondocks wrote:Here's another: "Ag Bagger": (looks like a pile o' junk to me, but maybe it's treasure):
https://utica.craigslist.org/grd/6180154185.html


$3k is a sizable down payment on a brand new single bale wrapper.

there was one at an auction here with a bunch of bag, working unit, but about the same condition.. went for under 1K

Re: What Is This (And What Do It Do)?

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:16 am
by wbvs58
Yeh the 1st one cuts the forage with multiple swinging hammer type flails attached to a rotating drum very similar to rotary hoe and the speed of the flail flicks the cut forage up the chute.

Ken

Re: What Is This (And What Do It Do)?

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:43 am
by Supa Dexta
You can type anything into youtube and see exactly what it does.

Re: What Is This (And What Do It Do)?

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:34 pm
by wacocowboy
I like looking on equipment sites. There is a lot of equipment you see up north you don't see down here. I was looking for a feed grinder almost all of them were up north. I think there was only one in Texas and it was in bad shape and expensive. There is also equipment brands up north I had never heard of had to look a few up.

Re: What Is This (And What Do It Do)?

Posted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:00 am
by boondocks
Here's a beauty. https://utica.craigslist.org/grd/6178805159.html

Now, I do know what this is, but what's a magneto?

Re: What Is This (And What Do It Do)?

Posted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:09 am
by Nesikep
It's an old version of a distributor, what generates the electricity to fire the spark plugs :)

It is a beauty!

Re: What Is This (And What Do It Do)?

Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:34 am
by boondocks
Geal spreader: https://utica.craigslist.org/grd/6184240867.html
Manure? Unicorns and rainbows? Help me out here

Re: What Is This (And What Do It Do)?

Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:07 am
by Nesikep
Yes, manure spreader.. seems quite similar to our International unit, but the price is getting up there.

Around here we call it a rock spreader :P This one doesn't look like it's spread too many rocks though

Re: What Is This (And What Do It Do)?

Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:17 am
by boondocks
Nesikep wrote:Yes, manure spreader.. seems quite similar to our International unit, but the price is getting up there.

Around here we call it a rock spreader :P This one doesn't look like it's spread too many rocks though


Looks like rusty galvy on some old tires. Overpriced?
We have LOTS of rocks around here. Many days I feel like a rock farmer.

Re: What Is This (And What Do It Do)?

Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:25 am
by Nesikep
As long as the tires hold air, it's all they need to do.. they're usually all worn out old semi truck tires anyhow... I do think it's a little expensive... I will say the drive system looked to be in good shape, and the nylon? floor is nice. Good units are hard to find and do go for good money though

Re: What Is This (And What Do It Do)?

Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:06 pm
by chevytaHOE5674
Generally flail choppers aren't used for silage as they don't chop super fine so packing the grass into a bunker isn't as effective, also fresh chopped grass is too wet for silage and the flails don't pickup windrowed grass as well as a true silage chopper. But in a pinch it will work for that.

What they were marketed for and what I use mine for is green chopping feed for the cows to eat immediately. I have areas around the farm that aren't able to be fenced and aren't really worth making hay on, so in the spring of the year I will go through and flail chop the feed onto a wagon and then feed it out right away, never chopping more than about 24 hours worth at any one time (as it will start to heat and mold quickly). Also use it in the fall to chop and feed out second crop hay to the cows from areas that I can't graze.