How are bales loaded/unloaded?
Simple front load tractor forks can be used. Since the Bale Band-It compresses 3″ deep grooves into the top and bottom of the bundles, the strapping is not on the outside of the bundles but recessed into the hay. This prevents breaking the bands while picking up the bundles. The grooves are 25″ center to center. Pallet forks 6′ x 25″ apart can easily pick up the bundles from the end and provide easy loading across an 8′ trailer bed. Big bale tines (spikes) can also be used to handle the bundles. The tines can be slid between the bottom two rows of bales. Also some big bale squeezes can be used to handle the bundles.