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Old 12-25-2016, 10:29 PM
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Default Hay bale knife for slicing

I would like to build a hay bale slicer for my skid steer. There are commercial ones on the market, but I would like to build my own.
For the cutting arm I can use 2x6 rectangle tubes and sandwich the cutting plate inbetween, or I've got some 4x4 tubing that I could attach the cutting plate to. The cutting arm will be at least 60" long and probably end up being 72" long.
It will have a hydraulic cylinder for moving the arm up and down.
I'm kinda stuck on what to use for the cutting edge, everything else I've pretty much got figured out and have the material already on hand .
Do you guys think that 1/4" plate steel would be enough or should I go to 1/2" plate ?
Any ideas or suggestions would be helpful and appreciated.
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Old 12-26-2016, 09:00 AM
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Totally ignorant of these things, but how much power does it take to push knife through a bale? Are you planning a blade of hardenable steel or some unknown material? How difficult to sharpen? Thinner blade should push through easier. Hope. It works for you.

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Old 12-26-2016, 09:17 AM
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This is all I found on bale cutters. Maybe this may be of some help. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IvsXrDl0Zg
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Old 12-26-2016, 10:39 AM
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Sickle bar off of a mowing machine?
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Old 12-28-2016, 03:48 AM
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Is this is the guy you're looking to make? or the one Tim KS posted?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO9ROnn3ynM

Two lengths of bucket cutting edge would probably be the ideal blade material.

two 2x6s would end up fierce thick I think.

lots of pics here: https://www.donedeal.ie/farming?word...rt=price%20asc and here http://www.mchale.net/products/mchal...bale-splitter/
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https://www.google.com/#q=grader+cut...+sale&tbm=shop
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This one is slick:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWTQCxW9KoY
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