Teagle tomahawk 8555 dual chop

Bromfield farms

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Mixed Farmer
Has anyone experience with a dual chop? Are they worth spending the extra money for processing hay and straw for a diet feeder as well as bedding duties, or just get a normal straw chopper and pay some one to come with a proper machine to do the bales for feed?
 

Sid

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Livestock Farmer
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South Molton
We looked at swapping a 505M for an 8555 dual chop to do cubicles and loose housing.
The chop length was acceptable and the same as the M at 25mm for bedding cubicles.

The issue was the trade in value of the 505M. It made the whole deal 1000's more . So we ended up with a Mchale , on the forums recommendation, and kept the 505M for the cubicles.
 
Has anyone experience with a dual chop? Are they worth spending the extra money for processing hay and straw for a diet feeder as well as bedding duties, or just get a normal straw chopper and pay some one to come with a proper machine to do the bales for feed?
Partly depends how much storage room you’ve got for your processed straw, with your own machine you can do a handful of bales a week, just 2 or 3 at a time if you wish, a contractor would need to do a reasonable amount to be viable and you’d need to get your timing right when booking a contractor or you could run out.
A 8550 suits my requirements.
 
I didn't think so. But I sold a dual chop to a man last year. He'd got a heap of crappy silage that cows wouldn't touch so wanted to chop it.
i told him I didn't think it was the right machine but he bought it anyway and said it went well
To be fair, I’ve never tried it through my 8550, but it certainly wasn’t sold as a silage spec machine, infact quite the opposite.
 

Sid

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Livestock Farmer
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South Molton
When you say remove screen do you mean physically take it out or just raise/lower whichever it is as you would for normal straw blowing?
And when you say silage, do you mean clamp or bale, I’m sure there would be a big difference between the two.
Can't remember now tbh.
Clamp or bale , it's just as much to do with harvesting technique than storage.

Our chopped bales go through the mchale no issues.
 

Horn&corn

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I believe you need to physically remove it on teagle to do anything other than straw. Other manufacturers say flick screen down is sufficient but I’m sceptical. I’m also sceptical how easy that screen will move in and out a few years later and whether any of my colleagues will remember before jamming it solid.
 

Serup

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Denmark
I have had a 8555 for almost 3 years now. Bought it to replace a 18 year old Kuhn primor 3560 because i wanted to chop straw for my tmr mixer. We run 5-6 bales through it per day. About 5 per week is chopped.
To be honest it has been a horrible experience. We have spend more on maintenance than we did on the Kuhn all it’s life and we have had so many problems i can’t remember them all.
the chop lenght when chopping is also very inconsistent, and a lot of long straw go through. Our plan was to use some for bedding cubicles, but my slurry system can’t handle all the long straw. My dry cows also sort at least half of the straw out of the ration because it’s too long.
Every time we put some wet straw through, the screen needs removing for cleaning, before it can chop straw.
I really like the idea of the machine, but in pracis it has been a big disappointment and a money pit.
Parts are also horrendously priced - some wear parts are more than 10x the price for the Kuhn.
Other dealers won’t pay much for it, so it is very expensive to get rid of.
Picture of chopped straw.
 

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I have had a 8555 for almost 3 years now. Bought it to replace a 18 year old Kuhn primor 3560 because i wanted to chop straw for my tmr mixer. We run 5-6 bales through it per day. About 5 per week is chopped.
To be honest it has been a horrible experience. We have spend more on maintenance than we did on the Kuhn all it’s life and we have had so many problems i can’t remember them all.
the chop lenght when chopping is also very inconsistent, and a lot of long straw go through. Our plan was to use some for bedding cubicles, but my slurry system can’t handle all the long straw. My dry cows also sort at least half of the straw out of the ration because it’s too long.
Every time we put some wet straw through, the screen needs removing for cleaning, before it can chop straw.
I really like the idea of the machine, but in pracis it has been a big disappointment and a money pit.
Parts are also horrendously priced - some wear parts are more than 10x the price for the Kuhn.
Other dealers won’t pay much for it, so it is very expensive to get rid of.
Picture of chopped straw.
I have the previous model, the 8550 and agree with most of what you say, mine hasn’t been without it’s issues, chop length is inconsistent, that hasn’t caused a problem with cows leaving straw in ration here though. Chop length certainly wouldn’t suit my slurry system but I didn’t buy the machine for that purpose.
I certainly can’t say I’m impressed with mine, I wouldn’t buy another.
 

Sid

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Livestock Farmer
Location
South Molton
I have had a 8555 for almost 3 years now. Bought it to replace a 18 year old Kuhn primor 3560 because i wanted to chop straw for my tmr mixer. We run 5-6 bales through it per day. About 5 per week is chopped.
To be honest it has been a horrible experience. We have spend more on maintenance than we did on the Kuhn all it’s life and we have had so many problems i can’t remember them all.
the chop lenght when chopping is also very inconsistent, and a lot of long straw go through. Our plan was to use some for bedding cubicles, but my slurry system can’t handle all the long straw. My dry cows also sort at least half of the straw out of the ration because it’s too long.
Every time we put some wet straw through, the screen needs removing for cleaning, before it can chop straw.
I really like the idea of the machine, but in pracis it has been a big disappointment and a money pit.
Parts are also horrendously priced - some wear parts are more than 10x the price for the Kuhn.
Other dealers won’t pay much for it, so it is very expensive to get rid of.
Picture of chopped straw.

I have the previous model, the 8550 and agree with most of what you say, mine hasn’t been without it’s issues, chop length is inconsistent, that hasn’t caused a problem with cows leaving straw in ration here though. Chop length certainly wouldn’t suit my slurry system but I didn’t buy the machine for that purpose.
I certainly can’t say I’m impressed with mine, I wouldn’t buy another.

Sounds like a haybob machine, it does neither very well.

Glad we stuck we dedicated machines for the tasks required
 

Bromfield farms

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Partly depends how much storage room you’ve got for your processed straw, with your own machine you can do a handful of bales a week, just 2 or 3 at a time if you wish, a contractor would need to do a reasonable amount to be viable and you’d need to get your timing right when booking a contractor or you could run out.
A 8550 suits my requirements.

Partly depends how much storage room you’ve got for your processed straw, with your own machine you can do a handful of bales a week, just 2 or 3 at a time if you wish, a contractor would need to do a reasonable amount to be viable and you’d need to get your timing right when booking a contractor or you could run out.
A 8550 suits my requirements.

I have had a 8555 for almost 3 years now. Bought it to replace a 18 year old Kuhn primor 3560 because i wanted to chop straw for my tmr mixer. We run 5-6 bales through it per day. About 5 per week is chopped.
To be honest it has been a horrible experience. We have spend more on maintenance than we did on the Kuhn all it’s life and we have had so many problems i can’t remember them all.
the chop lenght when chopping is also very inconsistent, and a lot of long straw go through. Our plan was to use some for bedding cubicles, but my slurry system can’t handle all the long straw. My dry cows also sort at least half of the straw out of the ration because it’s too long.
Every time we put some wet straw through, the screen needs removing for cleaning, before it can chop straw.
I really like the idea of the machine, but in pracis it has been a big disappointment and a money pit.
Parts are also horrendously priced - some wear parts are more than 10x the price for the Kuhn.
Other dealers won’t pay much for it, so it is very expensive to get rid of.
Picture of chopped straw.
Thanks for the feedback we have an 8080 at present and can be a bit hard work if the straw isn't good
 

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