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Beyond the Bale : September 2014
34 ON FARM AWI is always on the look-out for new products or processes that can help woolgrowers improve their productivity and profitability or simply make their jobs easier. One such product that we recently spotted was an innovative wool pack holder that has been developed by Forbes Spillman of ‘Wynarling’ near Geraldton in WA. Whilst a small number of Forbes’ pack holders were produced commercially by a Geraldton engineering works, they are no longer available. Forbes assured AWI staff member Ian Evans that he is happy for people to copy his pack holder. Dimensions can be worked out from a (new) wool pack. • Forbes Spillman of ‘Wynarling’ near Geraldton in WA has developed an innovative wool pack holder for his shearing shed. • Handles and wheels on the wool pack holder enable a full wool pack to be easily transported around the shed. • A full “bulging” wool pack can be easily removed from the wool pack holder because the rear of the wool pack holder opens out as well as the two sides. INNOVATIVE One end of side bar is hinged to the frame Flap clips easily removed as required Side bar One end of each side bar fits snugly into the RHS of the upright 1Features on his wool pack holder include handles (that fold down when not in use) and wheels on one side that enable the wool pack to be moved easily through the shed by one person with little effort or strain, even when the pack is full. Wheels Handles 2Removable ‘flap clips’ at the top of each side of the frame keep the wool pack and pack flaps firmly in place while the bale is being filled. The flap clips are easily removed when required, and are each connected to the pack holder with a chain so they won’t get misplaced when not in use. At the top of each of the two sides of the pack holder, one end of each of the two ‘side bars’ fits snugly into the rolled hollow section (RHS) of the upright during use. The other end of each side bar is hinged. 3The side bar (being held by Forbes Spillman on the right of this photo) is on a hinge and is easily lifted out of the RHS at the other end when required.This enables the rear side of the pack holder (ie the side with the handles), which is also on a hinge, to be opened right down to enable the full wool pack to be easily removed from either side of the pack holder. Rear side opens down to allow the bale pack to be removed easily Each of the two side bars is hinged at one end 4The wool pack holder opened completely out with the wool pack removed. The handles can be used to stop the rear side potentially trapping feet Each of the two side bars, with the flap clips attached, hang down when not in use Hinge Hinge WOOL PACK HOLDER HOME-GROWN INNOVATIONS Have you developed an innovative product or process on your property that you want to share with your fellow woolgrowers via Beyond The Bale? If so, contact the editor Richard Smith at email@example.com