Bale #1 and Bale #2 enter the Hay Accumulator and slide downward and into position.
Bale #3 enters the Hay Accumulator and slides downward and into position, rotating the gate actuating spring and shifting gate #1 to open row #2.
Bale #4 and Bale #5 enter the Hay Accumulator and slide downward and into position.
Bale #6 enters the Hay Accumulator and slides downward and into position, rotating the gate switch and shifting gate #2 to open row #3.
Bale #7 and Bale #8 enter the Hay Accumulator and slide downward and into position.
Bale #9 enters the Hay Accumulator and slides downward and into position, rotating the gate switch and shifting gate #3 to open row #4
Bale #10 and Bale #11 enter the Hay Accumulator and slide downward and into position.
Bale #12 enters the Hay Accumulator and slides downward and into position, rotating the gate actuating spring and shifting gate #4 to open row #5.
Bale #13 enters the Hay Accumulator and slides downward and into position.
Bale #14 enters the Hay Accumulator and slides downward and into position, rotating the back gate trip slider to engage the trip switch.
Bale #15 enters the Hay Accumulator and slides downward, depressing the back gate trip flipper to open the back gate.
Once the back gate is open, the bales slide to the ground. When all bales are clear, the back gate returns to its original position and latches. All gates return to their original position.
In the past 35 years we have seen a lot of changes in the way hay is handled. Much hay production has moved from using small square bales handled by hand, to large round or square bales moved with machinery. While farms have become larger and fewer, the number of small square bales fed to hobby animals has increased dramatically.
The small square bale hay customer is now a busy professional who needs someone who understands his or her needs. These needs often include curing and off-site storage; this increases the labor intensity of the hay producer, thereby demanding a better bale handling system. The Norden hay accumulator system is designed to help these farmers minimize the labor involved in producing small square bales. Our hay accumulators has been developed on our farm in today’s market climate, which we have found demands a bale size that varies greatly from producer to producer. The hay accumulators can easily handle from 35 to 80 lb. bales, allowing you to increase the marketability of your small square bales.
Satisfied customers of the Norden hay accumulator system have operations ranging from 1000 to 130,000 small square bales per year.
Whether you are producing hay for your large equine operation, or simply for resale, there is now an economical solution to minimize the labor in small square bale handling.
We provide economical and versatile handling of small square bales. The Norden hay accumulator system allows you to arrange nearly any length or weight of small square bales into group configurations that fit your operation; and with eight models available, the choice is yours.
The general concept of the hay accumulator system is to collect the hay bales as they exit the baler and arrange them into groups to facilitate their retrieval, which is done with a grabber mounted on a loader. The grabber enables the farmer to stack the small square bales on a wagon, move the bales from the wagon into storage, and finally from storage to a delivery vehicle.
The Norden Hay Accumulator can handle bales from 32” to 48” long and whatever density is needed with no adjustments. You can make your small square bales the way you want them and Norden Mfg. can help you handle them. This hay accumulator differs from many others in that all you need to hook up is a hitch pin. It is simple, no wires, cables, or hydraulics to hook up.
With many sizes and options, we can meet your specific needs.
Baling hay in small squares has many advantages in storage, curing, quality, marketability, control in feeding the animals to mention a few.
The Norden Grabber is mounted on your loader or skid steer and helps you gather and stack the bales. This simple hydraulic design utilizes two hooks per bale that grab the bales and allow you to stack the bales as a unit neatly on a trailer or wagon and in your barn. The Norden Grabber is exceptionally beefy and has a maintenance free design.
The squeeze arm option is another innovation by Norden Mfg that makes moving small square bale hay even easier. The squeeze arm replaces the regular crowd bar on any size Norden Mfg grabber. There is still only one set of remotes required.
The arm swings out 21” to help you easily gather the widest spread set group of small square bales. After the bales are under the grabber, one push of the hydraulic lever pulls the arm in to squeeze the hay bales together and sets the hooks after they are tight. When releasing the bales, the hooks pull out and then the arm pulls away from the hay allowing you to lift the grabber away.
An optional Stop Plate can be installed on the opposite side of the grabber to help manage the bales. The stop plate is made from a single sheet of metal and still allows you to make a tight stack on your wagon or truck but it needs to be removed before that grabber can be used to unload wagons.
The Tie-Grabber is an exclusive Norden Mfg innovation brought to the market in 2010 to give the producer more handling options. The grabber puts regular twine around the outside of the group of bales and ties it off with a knotter. This twine makes a huge difference in the stability of the stack of hay. It allows the producer to haul hay without worrying about his load, and allows him to make individual stacks of hay without losing the stack in the barn. It is excellent for groups of bales that will be moved, or loaded and unloaded several times.
The process starts with the twine already across the back of the grabber. The user picks up a fresh grab of hay, and an arm mounted on top of the grabber swings the twine around the outside of the grab. This brings it into a knotter mounted in the back of the grabber and activates the knotter, tying off the twine. The user then deposits the grab onto the wagon or trailer. On the way to the next grab of hay, the user then returns the arm to the other side of the grabber, which brings the string across the back again, and it is ready for more hay.
Tie-Grabber models have the Squeeze Arm along with the Stop Plate as standard equipment.
The innovative design of the hay accumulators allows it to be fully automatic without the use of hydraulics or electronics.
It works using excess energy from the baler plunger to push the small square bales to the top of the front chute. Then as gravity moves the bales downward, the last bale in each row swings a door to open the next row. The last bale in the grab opens the back gate. As the hay accumulator unloads itself, springs and counter weights return all of the gates back to their starting position, ready for another grab in good time before the next bale comes. Zero user intervention required. All you need to do to setup the baler is ensure correct hitch-pin position (centered, 8” behind bale chamber) and loosen the pressure in the bale chamber to compensate for the back pressure caused by pushing the bales up the chute. There is no extra pressure applied to the plunger and the twisting action of the chute does not deform the bales. You can do it all without leaving your tractor seat.
The hay accumulator is built from the ground up as a durable machine. As farmers, we understand that machines need to be dependable, day after day. One of the ways we did this is to make the machine as simple as possible. We engineer our machines to handle the heaviest use. Using heavy gauge steel, stainless steel springs, and powder coating, they are designed to work well and even look good for many years. Our machines have logged thousands of hours in many different areas, terrains, and types of hay. As a company, we stand behind our products, ensuring that you as a customer have a happy, productive experience.