Bale trailers

Tim G

Member
We are in need of updating our bale trailer. Whilst the one we have has been adequate for use on the farm, its not one I take on the road and we are now in a situation where I will be bringing more bales from away back to the farm. I am currently borrowing a friend's 25' Marshall bale trailer, I think it's fairly standard spec, aside from having a strap box, it seems the sort of thing that would do us. Similar ones second hand are advertised at around £5,250 to £5,750 which when they are advertised on their website for £7k new, new looks a better option.
Are there any other makes I should be looking at? Not after high spec, just a sensible trailer for going up and down the road.
 

Boohoo

Member
Location
Newtownabbey
Marshall build two different 25ft trailers, one rated at 10ton on 6 stud axles and one rated at 12 ton on 8 stud axles. There's around £2000 between them. The prices on the website are ex factory and might not include things that other manufacturers fit as standard. I wouldn't order without looking over one of their trailers, although at a glance their bale trailers appear better than their dropside trailers.
 

nonemouse

Member
Location
North yorks
Have you any local dealers with anything in stock? After watching some secondhand trailers at a farm dispersal make silly money, I asked around some dealers and managed to find new Marshall and Bailey trailers cheaper than secondhand!
Nothing wrong with Marshall but ended buying a Bailey.
 

Pan mixer

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Near Colchester
I bought one of the cheaper Marshalls from the Doe show a few years ago, it is fine. I wondered if they had any more on 'show offer' left over from this years show as they had some in.
 

essexpete

Member
Location
Essex
A dodgy bloke I know runs a Marshall 28ft and tbh it's overall length seems less than the extra 3ft over my 25ft Bailey. It rides on 8stud small super singles with a sprung drawbar. It has a much lower bed than my trailer on standard super singles, an advantage in several ways.
When buying something it can be a question of where do you stop with spec but the new or nearly new are such a jump up from someone's 10 year plus cast off on nasty 15.3 with worn springs and brakes.
 

Tim G

Member
Marshall build two different 25ft trailers, one rated at 10ton on 6 stud axles and one rated at 12 ton on 8 stud axles. There's around £2000 between them. The prices on the website are ex factory and might not include things that other manufacturers fit as standard. I wouldn't order without looking over one of their trailers, although at a glance their bale trailers appear better than their dropside trailers.
A brief look at spec and they seem to include more things as standard, bale ladders, front headboard, etc.
As said, I've one sitting in the yard right now, I did 25 miles with it last week and thought it was fine.
 

Boohoo

Member
Location
Newtownabbey
A brief look at spec and they seem to include more things as standard, bale ladders, front headboard, etc.
As said, I've one sitting in the yard right now, I did 25 miles with it last week and thought it was fine.
Is a front headboard optional on some trailers? I was meaning things like mudflaps, LED lights, or a rear beacon that could be standard on others. Things that you can do without but improve safety and reliability. I've found that when you spec all trailers equally there's very little difference in the price.
If the one you've been using is fine and it's fairly new then you should be ok with one. Quality can vary quite a bit over time and it doesn't always get better.
 

Dog Bowl

Member
Location
Cotswolds
I've been looking for a tidy secondhand trailer. A new one wasn't much more than anything decent second hand, plus I get to spec the tyres I want etc. I have ordered a Portequip. I'd say they are worth a look at.
 

haybob

Member
Livestock Farmer
G& R Pykett have some smart looking Kane bale trailers Inc prices. Does anyone run a trailer from them?
 

Mur Huwcun

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
North West Wales

This seems good value
only thing being on 6 stud it will have pish poor brakes. That will be lucky to achieve 25% braking efficiency. With mother reqs changing again for trailers soon every trailer purchase now should be really considered with future proofing. It really needs fail safe brakes etc as a trailer will still be in use 20 yrs down the line when a lot of regulation will of changed. It will be much cheaper to buy it with proper axles etc now thanretro fit kits in 10 yrs time on a 10 yr old trailer.
 
As @nonemouse says above, whenever we have been looking at trailers s/h ones seem very dear compared to new
Got a new Bailey silage trailer coming next month, only £2k dearer than a 5 year old one we were offered.
Marshall was similar money.
 

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