Faced with a shortage of men to properly stack hay bales on his Mountain
View, Alberta farm, in the 1940s Max Bradshaw decided to combine a hale
bale pickup, loader and stacker into one. He wanted the device to be
simple and efficient, requiring only two or three persons to operate it.
In addition, the machine had to be
light and mobile enough to handle the
rough terrain of his field.
The final design of the Bradshaw Bale Booster had several interesting
features. The bale pickup used blunt teeth to hold the hay bale in place
while it was transported across the conveyor belts. The invention used
hydraulic lifts to adjust the position of the front section and allow for
varying heights when making hay bale stacks. The machine could be fitted
on any tractor or pickup truck, forming an inverted V-shape over the
vehicle, with the tractor or truck providing power for the conveyor belts.
Perhaps the most innovative feature of the bale loader was its reversible
loader. Bradshaw designed the baler to run in both directions, allowing
for automatic loading, unloading, and easy, efficient bale transportation
and bale stacking.
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