Designed with the demands of today’s farmers in mind
The McHale C4 Silage Feeder & Straw Blower range is comprised of 4 models to cater for your needs. The McHale C490 is the flagship model in the range which is a trailed machine that has the capacity for three 5ft diameter bales.
McHale have expanded this range by adding two models to include the McHale C430 linkage machine to cater for users who have restricted access to confined space and the McHale C470 to provide a machine with extra capacity.
Twin Speed Gearbox
A key feature on the C4 range is its twin speed independent gearbox, which allows the operator to easily adjust from 280 rpm for feeding silage or hay up to 540 rpm for using the machine to distribute straw for bedding.
Feeding: The McHale C4 range of machines are ideal machines for feeding silage and hay, the twin speed gearbox allows silage and hay to be distributed exactly where it is desired. The speed of the conveyor is proportionally controlled allowing the operator to adjust feeding speed depending on the material density and composition.
Bedding: The McHale C4 range of machines can be used to distribute bedding material quickly and efficiently leaving a thick aerated bed of straw. In difficult to access bedding areas, the chute on the McHale C4 range can pass through 300 degrees for ease of bedding. Straw can be blown up to 18m.
The C4 Range of Silage Feeders and Straw Blowers offer a number of clever features and benefits which includes:
- Twin Speed Gearbox for Different Crops
- 300° – 3 Stage Feed Chute
- Joystick Chute Control
- External Loading Controls
- Independent Rotor Drive with Hydraulic Activation
- Clever Machine Body Design
A model to meet your requirements
C430 – 3-Point Linkage Silage Feeder and Straw Blower
The McHale C430 is a 3 – point linkage machine designed for farmers who have to work within confined spaces for feeding and bedding.
- The short and compact body on the McHale C430 makes it ideal for manoeuvering in narrow passages, especially in buildings with one door.
- The C430 has the capacity to carry and feed two 4ft diameter round bales of hay or straw or one round bale of silage or haylage.
C460 – Trailed Silage Feeder and Straw Blower
The McHale C460 is a trailed machine with the capacity to carry and blow or feed out two 4ft diameter round bales of hay, straw, silage or haylage.
- The McHale C460 is the ideal machine for the farmer who wishes to bed their sheds with straw and feed out bales of hay, haylage or silage.
- Like all machines in the McHale C4 range, the McHale C460 is also capable of bedding and feeding out large square bales or clamp silage.
C470 – Trailed Silage Feeder and Straw Blower
The McHale C470 is a trailed machine with a higher capacity to carry and blow or feed out two 5ft diameter round bales of hay, straw, silage or haylage.
- The extra capacity of the McHale C470 allows farmers to increase their output when bedding or feeding, especially if they may be using the machine on another farm which is some distance away from the main farm.
- The McHale C470 is available with an optional linkage drawbar which allows the machine greater access to tight sheds with narrow entrances.
C490 – Trailed Silage Feeder and Straw Blower
The McHale C490 is a trailed machine with approximately a 6.85m³ capacity and can blow or feed out three 5ft diameter round bales of hay, straw, silage or haylage.
- The extra capacity of the McHale C490 allows farmers to increase their output when bedding or feeding, especially if they may be using the machine on another farm which is some distance away from the main farm.
- The McHale C490 is available with an optional linkage drawbar which allows the machine greater access to tight sheds with narrow entrances.
All machines in the McHale C4 Silage Feeder & Straw Blower range are fitted with a twin speed gearbox which controls the speed at which the flywheel distributes the material. There are two speeds at which to choose from depending on the task at hand; 280 rpm and 540 rpm.Read More
At 280 rpm, which is represented by the “Tortoise”, the flywheel operates at a slower speed for feeding out fodder by deflecting it onto the distribution tray on the side of the machine. When distributing straw for bedding, 540 rpm is selected by moving the handle on the gearbox to the position with the “Hare” symbol to provide a high speed rotation of the flywheel to achieve a maximum blow distance.
The 1.57m diameter flywheel on the McHale C4 Silage Feeder & Straw Blower range is fitted with 6 blowing paddles, which provides a powerful blow for the efficient distribution of material. The flywheel housing is positioned below the conveyor, this design ensures that any loose material which falls into the flywheel housing is blown out.
The flywheel rotates below the conveyor which improves the delivery of full length fodder for feeding or bedding and ensures that no fodder remains in the machine after use.
The feed rotor is equipped with 56 blades mounted on seven discs. The feed rotor is independent of the flywheel, this allows the operator to bring the flywheel up to full speed before starting the feed rotor. The feed rotor can be engaged and disengaged from the tractor cab.This reduces the amount of power required to start and run the machine and reduces the risk of blockages.Read More
The blades are mounted at an angle on the seven discs and pass through a fixed comb to ensure the material is cut and fed into the flywheel evenly. This design minimises crop build up on the rotor.
The floor conveyor on the McHale C4 Silage Feeder & Straw Blower Range, consists of a hydraulically driven chain and slat conveyor. Speed can be adjusted and the conveyor can be reversed from the tractor cab.
There are 10 slats mounted on 11mm high tensile chains using “U” bolts for easy maintenance. Heavy duty, wear resistant rollers and nylon strips reduce wear to a minimum. The conveyor formation has been designed to ensure consistent and even feed to the rotor.
The McHale C4 Silage Feeder & Straw Blower Range is fitted with a three-stage chute. This three-stage design minimises resistance and allows for maximum blow distances to be achieved, especially when blowing straw in confined spaces.Read More
This Blowing & Feeding Chute gives a number of advantages, namely:
- Straw can be blown 18m on the right hand side
- For difficult to access bedding areas the 300° chute can blow straw up to 13m to the left hand side of the machine.
The chute on the McHale C4 range of machines can pass through 300° for ease of bedding in a building with narrow passages or in confined spaces. The 3 stage chute is designed to move through an arc which means crop can pass through the chute easily and the chute does not reduce blow distances.
The chute is joystick controlled, allowing the operator to adjust the chute height and the shoot direction easily from the control console in the tractor cab. The chute can be rotated 300°, which allows material to be spread on the left, right and behind the machine. The chute may also be lowered to blow material on to the feeding slide for better control when distributing feed along a barrier.
The High Torque Belt Drive, which drives the feed rotor, can be hydraulically engaged or disengaged. This system ensures that the flywheel (straw blowing turbine) can be worked independently of the rotor.Read More
This gives a number of advantages, namely:
- The flywheel (straw blowing turbine) can be at full rpm before the rotor starts to feed.
- Horsepower requirements are reduced.
- It ensures that the machine is less likely to block on start up.
Power & Flexibility
Ability to distribute different crop types at different speeds and blow rates.
Machine design keeps horsepower requirements to a minimum.
The McHale C4 Silage Feeder & Straw Blower range of machines are designed to allow the rotor work independently from the flywheel. This allows the flywheel to be at full RPM before any fodder material is fed into the rotor.
Independent Floor Conveyor
As the floor conveyor works independently from the rotor, this ensures that fodder can be reversed away from the rotor without disengaging the rotor.
The McHale C4 Silage Feeding and Straw Blowing Range is controlled via an electronic control console allowing the operator to control machine operation from the tractor cab. This user friendly control console provides the operator with access to all the functions of the machine without ever having to leave the comfort of the tractor seat.Read More
- Power Switch
- Comb Control
- Rotor Movement Indicator
- Rotor Control
- Floor Movement – Constant/ Intermittent
- Loading Door Control
- Floor Direction Control
- Floor Movement Indicator
- Floor Control Speed
- Chute Control Joystick
External Loading Control
An external loading control comes fitted as standard which will allow for the conveyor floor and the tailgate to be operated when removing the netting or wrap whilst loading a bale. The tailgate and conveyor alignment on the machine body take the largest size square bales without the need for extensions to the tailgate.
The tailgate on the machine can be used to load a bale without the need for a second tractor. The cupped tailgate design ensures a bale is held in the dip in the tailgate, while the twine or net is being removed. The ram mounting points on the tailgate ensure that maximum lifting power can be achieved so that the heaviest of bales can be handled.
To prevent accidental operation of the controls, a safety button on the side of the External Loading Control must be pressed while operating loading functions at the rear of the machine.
C460-Trailed Silage Feeder and Straw Blower Videos
The Customer Experience
Country Crest is a family farm enterprise located in North County Dublin who specialise in the production of high quality fresh vegetables and meats.
We spoke to their Livestock Farm manager Niall Maguire about their decision to buy a McHale C460 and how it benefits the welfare of their animals and the operation of the farm
|Unladen Weight||2,220 Kg (4894 lbs)|
|Length (Door Open)||5.75 m (226”)|
|Length (Door Closed)||4.42 m (174”)|
|Body Height||2.6 m (102”)|
|Bale Chamber (W X H X L)||1.8m x 1.22m x 1.66m
71”x 48” x 65”
|Bale Capacity||2 x 1.2m (47”) diameter bales|
|No. of Conveyor Slats||10|
|No. of Disks on Rotor||7|
|No. of Knifes||56|
|Rotor Drive Type||High Torque Belt Drive|
|PTO||540 with slip & overrun protection|
|Minimum Horsepower||51 kW (68 hp)|
|Tractor Hydraulics||1 x feed, 1 x return|
|Minimum Oil Flow Requirement||35 litres/min @ 160 bar (2,320 psi)|
|Tractor Mounting||Drawbar or 2 Point Linkage|
|Tyres||10.0/ 75 – 15.3|
|Control||Electrical with joystick chute control|
|Chute Rotation||300 degrees|
|Chute Composition||3 stage|
|Max. Discharge Distance||18 metres|
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