Posted 22 October 2020 - 05:07 PM
Posted 23 October 2020 - 06:54 AM
maxilator makes several different loader attachments. which one are you referring to?
Posted 23 October 2020 - 07:42 AM
My advice is to run it with a skid steer. I have a Maxilator accumulator/grapple. Skid steer is much easier to use over a tractor for that purpose. I know, I know - it's easy to spend other peoples' money.
Posted 23 October 2020 - 08:21 AM
Welcome to HT first.
As far as running a Max, I never done so, but watching so vids, I have a tenancy to agree with Ox. Looks like you would be better off with the best ability to see the whole grapple. A tractor could be blocking some (or al lot) of your view. Along with not being as 'nimble' as a SS.
Posted 23 October 2020 - 09:38 AM
Unless you have extremely flat and smooth ground, a skid steer is the way to go. On my ground, the grapple would not last a day on the front of a tractor. I have way too many dips, ditches and holes in my fields. In a skid steer, you can see what’s coming and make the necessary adjustments as you go.
Posted 24 October 2020 - 12:07 PM
I run the rhino branded maxillator
as with any accumulator set up it really likes 3' bales good solid bales
in its accumulator setup it has extra guide bars that hold some bale spacing so if you load right from accumulating its hard to get your load tight ....works fine for short field to barn but not great for the road....the option is to go thru the field and accumulate packs ...then take out the bars so you can load tight packs for road travel.
we use both two sizes of tractors and a skidloader with the unit just depends on situation ....much prefer the skidloader for reasons others have mentioned .....but a tractor works ok just not as fast but a tractor will load higher.....visability is the key advantage of the skidloader and ability to twist to align load on wagon and barn
any off the ground setup likes flat ground .....obviously you run the grapple off the ground but it is so far out front that any bumps, holes etc move it up and down a lot so the more of those you have the slower you have to go
the system works great for us......our fields are close to the barn so we load multiple wagons and trailers pull them under cover then reconfigure the grapple and unload the next day
first stack of the year
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