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Bale Beds

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Talked to dad today and well he gave up, he is OK with putting a bale bed on one of the trucks. He said that with all the fuel we are buring and running tractors up and down the road it costs to much to feed. Actually I know he is feeling the getting in and out of tractors.

Here is the question, where can I find a good used bale bed in West Central MO and what is the better brand to own, Hydra Bed, DewEZE etc.

I plan to put this on a F250 FORD 4X4 can this be done?

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there are gobs of F250's with dew Eze bale beds on them in this country. Seem go do good

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Bale beds are hard on pickups. If you've got a cab tractor and not far to travel, I'd stick with it for feeding.

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Used? Never happen.

Do you need to carry two bales? If one will do, then I'd consider either a Bramco bumper or a Bramco bed. Maxwell trailers in Mexico, MO also makes their own bale beds. Phone number there is 573-581-7010. They may also be a Dew Eze dealer.

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A friend of mine from college had a Maxwell bale bed on his '95 F-250 and had nothing but good to say about them.

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We installed a Bramco on our '96 Ford F-350 ourselves a few years back. Not too bad of a job. Didn't enjoy welding right above the fuel tanks. Ours is a 460 gas with 2 tanks. Easier on a Ford with only one fuel tank. We went with the spikes only bed. Talked about the unroller/squeeze bed but thought we could get by with spikes. Saved some $$ but wish now we had went with the squeeze bed. Would save some trips by being able to haul 2 bales.

Several DewEze beds around here also.

BTO that buys several beds deals with a guy just south of Stockton, MO. I can't think of the name of his shop but he is right at the junction of highway 39 and route B south of Stockton. They have had good luck with him.

Mike

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Living only 40 miles from were Hydra-bed and Krogman beds are built I would go with a Krogman , I have a Hydra-bed and only thing I don't like about it is it has cables back to the main valve were a Krogman has a electric control valve. Krogman is pretty much same bed as a Hydra-bed , Krogman worked at Hydra-bed and went out on his own . They do get some used trade in beds at both places . Also in this country there is a lot of used trucks with bale beds already on them on lots . Don't buy a bed that runs off a 12v hydraulic pump like Dew Eze ,Bramco ,cannon ball, you want the engine driven pump!! My neighbor has a Dew Eze that he went to Hydra bed and bought the pump and valve to put on his because he got tired of buying a $600 pump and $400 worth of batteries (Dew Eze has 2 batteries under the bed plus 2 for the truck) every 2 years . Mines on a old 1988 1 ton 4X4 Dodge with the 3rd valve for my cube feeder and yes its BEAT UP!

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I looked into the bale beds a little bit a couple of years ago and came to the conclusion I'd want a 1 ton truck to mount one on. The beds themselves weight around a ton so if your plannin on carrying two bales on the bed you could easily be talking about 5,000lb or more. We've tried unrolling hay and even tried a bale processor but felt like both wasted too much hay so we went back to feeding in bale rings using the tractor loader. We really liked how the bale processor worked but if you fed for more than one day at a time the cattle would lay in the hay and waste it. With fence line feed bunk it would have been a great way to feed but at that point a person might as well go to a TMR and do it right. There are times it would be nice to have a pickup mounted bale spear but for those times I'd like to build a basic unit that would hook up to the gooseneck ball and mount a 12v hydrualic pump under the hood of the truck.

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I have a Hydrabed on a F250. A beat up diesel that I'll park when something major goes wrong and stick the bed on another truck. The bed should outlast the trucks by far. Dew Eze beds seem lighter and more suseptable to rustouts. I have a Dew Eze that my nephew was putting a new floor in shop then he graduated so it is unfinished.

Don't expect a nice truck to stay nice if you use it seriously. Bossy cows, mud, and a strand or two of missed twine wrapping around the axle taking out you E-brake are just a few. But I wouldn't do without one!

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