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Straw bale ATV

how many bales of straw can an ATV haul?

golf cart haulingWe learned today that 6 bales of straw is the ATV's limit.

The truck can hold 12, which makes an even number of trips back to the barn.

Readers from last year will remember when I was hauling 10 with the golf cart, but had trouble getting up the hill and decreased it to 7.

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Only 6 bales on that 4wheeler? If it's a weight thing, I understand, but if it's a logistics thing... ratchet-strap or otherwise attach a piece of plywood on top of that trailer and stack 'em neatly on it. You should be able to get at least 12 on that wheeler. Two on the wheeler and 10 on the trailer. Cut the plywood to accomodate 4 bales arranged lengthways, put another four on top of them, and two crossways on top of that. Strap them down and off you go. Or make a flatbed trailer somehow. Again, if that wheeler can't pull the weight, that's another story. Although, my 600 can pull (with a little difficulty, mind you) a trailer loaded with 1000 lbs of moose and gear, so I'd be surprised if that good ol' Polaris couldn't pull your hay.
Comment by Colin Thu May 23 10:49:19 2013

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