'Bale-blender' refines Keenan handling
Carlow-based Keenan has refined its bale handling system for its diet feeders. Supporting bales for processing that have been loaded into the feeder is the 'bale-blender' (right). This is a series of hinged metal bars, which span the open top of the mixing chamber.
As the paddles rotate in the chamber, the bale-blender bars sink into grooves in the paddles allowing the main body of the paddle to draw material into the feeder. In doing so, it passes material over a knife running down the machine.
Partially chopped and loosely shredded, the chopping continues within the machine using the fixed knives attached to the sides of the chamber.
The bale-blender bars now have a deeper curve, which Keenan says holds the bale more securely and also exposes more of the bale to the paddles.
The bale-blender system can be specified on new machines or fitted to existing wagons.
For more information, contact Keenan's on 059 977 1200.