Bale spears come in many shapes and sizes. In the early days, spears were basic, constructed of solid steel tubing, usually larger in diameter (2" or more). Spears typically bolted into a mounting bracket, and that bracket was then secured to a tubular steel frame with a couple of U-bolts. The frame could be built to mount on a 3-point hitch, front end loader, or a skid steer.
As the popularity of large round bales increased the need for forged and tapered bale spears that could penetrate a tightly packed bale increased. An entire indutry devoted to constructing high quality forged and tapered bale spears now exists, supplying replacement tines to manufacturers in a variety of shapes and sizes with various types of attaching systems. Leading the charge in this area was Kverneland, a high quality bale spear that introduced us to the words 'Conus Type II'. This spear was held in place in a precision matched sleeve, with a large conical nut at the back end locking the spear into the sleeve. The sleeve could then be welded into a variety of different frames with diiferent spear configurations.
Most manufacturers now use this concept of welding sleeves and matching bale spears into a frame. The spear may be held in place with the conical nut, or a through-bolt, in which case the spear does not taper down to a threaded end. There are pro and con arguments for both fastening devices. Some users claim that the through-bolt design is less prone to breakage. Our position is that if the spear is used correctly, the problem of breakage is eliminated and not an issue.
However, we stock both style of replacement spears which you can see hear: Replacement Spears.
Below we have hightlighted some of the basic configurations of our bale spears. Remember that many different types of custom mountings are available to suit your particular tractor or prime mover. As always, do not hesitate to contact us for details.