Single Bale Feeder

Single Bale Feeder

You expect strength, quality and performance from your farm machinery, and McIntosh Bale Feeders deliver all three. The McIntosh Bale Feeder is designed to an uncompromising strength standard. It is not designed to be the lightest on the market, because with today’s larger bales, faster tractors and less time for maintenance, the need for additional strength has never been more important.

All details on the McIntosh Bale Feeder have been carefully thought out to reduce breakdowns and provide trouble free operation for years to come. This bale feeder features 12,000lb zinc plated roller chains (the strongest available), 8 tooth sprockets and a larger American made hydraulic motor with 1 ¼” shaft. McIntosh Bale Feeders feature a deep V and a wide width construction that will hold the bale in longer as it rolls up the sides, reducing the need to change the direction of the feeder as often, and assisting when feeding out on the downhill side on rolling country.

The cradle is intentionally short to help reduce the chance of bales twisting around and taking longer to feed out. The high front and back bars help stop the bale from falling out when travelling and feeding. A short cradle with end bars will feed out better than a long cradle with wasted room and extra weight out the back of the tractor. With no or short end bars bales can twist and fall out.

Standard Features

Deep V Construction
The deep V construction holds the bale in the feeder longer than a flatter version, especially on rolling country.
Roller Chain
3" 12,000lb zinc plated roller chain is the heaviest on the market and is used to minimize stretching which means less maintenance.
The headstock
The headstock has a front panel to stop material coming through.
Twin Catches
Two headstock catches that fully tie the headstock and cradle together which makes a far more rigid machine than one with a single catch.
Round Aggression Pins
Unique to McIntosh, our aggression pins greatly enhance performance when feeding mouldy wrapped bales or hard centred hay bales. Combined with the short cradle, there is more resistance to help the teeth rip the bale apart.
8mm Thick Angle Slats
8mm thick angle slats and teeth are the strongest on the market and are designed to operate effectively in both directions and help pull the bale apart. The angle slat gives the teeth a bigger rip area compared to box section.
Hydraulic Motor
With a capacity of 3000 PSI, our large motor will last a lot longer than a smaller one that is only rated to around 1800 PSI. The 1 ¼” shaft and large keyway is much stronger than a smaller motor and handles direction change with ease.
Fully Guided Roller Chain
12,000lb zinc plated roller chain is fully guided to prevent it from jumping off.
8 tooth sprockets
8 tooth sprockets. With a larger diameter than a 6 tooth sprocket, the chain bends less when turning, meaning less wear on the chain
Bronze Bushes
With slow moving shafts and no need for protective covers, bronze bushes which aren’t affected by mud and silage have proven the obvious choice for our Bale Feeders. 

Bronze bushes are proven over 30 years of use, they are strong, simple, and will give a longer life than bearings

  • 1” high tensile bar drive dog pins (direct drive)
  • Feeds out either side
  • Disengagement rope pulls straight from the center of the machine
  • Fully enclosed galvanised plate floor
  • 5mm thick medium tensile end plates
  • Heavy duty headstock for less flexing
  • Covered drive shaft to stop wrapping of silage
  • Low maintenance and long life
  • Single feeder can be self loading
  • Teeth bent for better ripping of bale
  • 4 easy access grease points
  • Two headstock catches to tie headstock and cradle together.
  • Panel on headstock to stop material falling through
  • Bronze bushes on the drive shaft - no bearings
  • High tensile bar tines are bolted to the headstock which increases strength compared to welding and makes it easier to remove if they need to be replaced.
  • Larger heavy duty motor with 1 -1/4" drive shaft rated at 3000 PSI

Optional Extras

Feeding Round Bale
Feeding a round bale with square bale attachment fitted
Square Bales
Square bales with adjustable side frames and tines
  • Back panel
  • Ram release on headstock
  • Back panel with waste basket
  • Square bale kit


McIntosh Bale Feeders feature a deep V construction that will hold the bale in longer as it rolls up the sides, thus reducing the need to change the direction of the feeder as often, and assisting when feeding out on rolling country on the downhill side. Every detail has been carefully thought out on the McIntosh Bale Feeder to reduce breakdowns and provide trouble free operation for years to come.

Length (mm)1700
Width (mm)2300
Height (mm)940
Tare Weight (kg)690

All equipment is guaranteed for a period of 12 months from date of entering service, provided that such equipment has not been subject to improper usage and/or overloading or any other conditions contrary to the manufacturers specifications or recommendations. Specifications subject to change without notice. Estimated weights are based on a standard configuration and may change if options are added or removed.