Bestauto 49" Hay Spear 3000 lbs Lifting Capacity 3 Point Quick Attach Bale Spear with 17" Stabilizer Spears
Possibly my aboslute favorite barn purchase of all-time! For many years, I manually rolled out round bales as that was the only option available and we didn't have a tractor at our disposal. Upon moving around a few properties and finally landing where we currently are until I purchase my own farm, there is a little compact tractor on the farm. At first look, it is blantantly obvious that this tractor is not lifting any round bales as there would be way too much weight on the front of the tractor. However, working with my hay guy, we did believe that it would be able to drag a bale behind it with a rear bale spear.
After much research and looking at many product reviews, I finally purchased the "Bestauto 49" Hay Spear 3000 lbs Lifting Capacity 3 Point Quick Attach Bale Spear with 17" Stabilizer Spears" off of Amazon and it has been hands-down the most-used purchase that I've used since. Due to the size of the bales that I am regularly moving, I knew I needed at least a 49" spear, and the stabilizing 17" spears have been wonders so that the round bale doesn't just roll off while turning the tractor. With the rear hydraulics on the tractor, I am able to lift the front half of a round bale off the ground and essentially drag the bale out to my round bale platform. From there, I usually leave it on its side so that the horses can eat from both ends where the bailing twine stops, but if I need to flip it I can also use the tractor bucket to easily flip it over. And for anyone wondering why I didn't just roll it out with the tractor bucket, I would accidently bust holes in the bailing twine when I realized that was an option and definitely prefer the bale spear for faster progress.
Also note that since I am essentially dragging the bale, sometimes it does fall off, particularly when going over uneven inclining slopes. However, I simple reposition the tractor, lower the hydraulics as low as it can go, spear the bale, lift the hydraulics all of the way up, and continue on. Definitely recommend!