WOODSTOCK, Ont. — One major advantage of self-loading forage wagons is they can be fitted with a variety of different conditioners and crimpers, allowing the forage producer to get his hay harvested sooner.
Johnathon Scholton brought his Bergmann shuttle 980K self-loading wagon to the Outdoor Farm Show to show off the features of the new machine. Everything about this new wagon is super-sized. It’s designed to put a mammoth volume of forage in the bunker every day it’s on the job.
Box capacity of the wagon at medium compression is a giant 113 cu. yards. With six big tires carrying the load, maximum gross weight is 75,000 pounds.
“It’s a combination wagon. You can use it for loading grass or alfalfa in a windrow. Or of course you can use it like a conventional wagon for side-loading corn of silage from a forage harvester,” says Scholton, owner of Scholton’s Machinery in Simcoe.
“There’s a processing unit at the front that picks the hay up off the ground. There’s 53 knives that size the forage to 35 millimetres. The rotor then picks the hay and forces it into the box. But it cannot handle corn through the processor. Corn has to be side-loaded.”
The pickup is 90 inches wide. The 32-inch diameter rotor has nine helically arranged tine rows. The heavy duty rotor shaft is five inches in diameter. The rotor and intake channel are 81 inches wide, thus creating very high compaction of the forage.
The wagon has a moving front wall. The floor chains are also heavy duty, with 15 tonnes of tensile strength.
There’s an externally mounted gearbox for easy access.
Scholton says this is the first of the German-built 980K wagons his dealership has received. It carries a list price of $200,000.