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Tomahawk Bale Processor

Chop short/spread long at the touch of a button.

Pre-process straw for diet feeders to reduce mixing time and improve ration consistency.

Tomahawk Dual Chop Bale Processor

Box Tomahawk

Outstanding flexibility with 3 jobs from 1 machine. Bed loose housing and cubicles, as well as processing short straw for feed.

Available in 3 of our most popular bale processor models as the mounted 7150 or trailed 8150 and 8550.

  • 64,500 chops/minute for a fine and consistent output.
  • Process up to 6 tonnes/hour at a chop length of 5cm.
  • Outstanding 'Flow Plus' Performance to save you money

Faster, stronger, and now incorporating FlowPlus:

  • Greater output
  • More consistent feed rate
  • Controlled delivery at low fan speeds

Reliability

With simple and robust driveline and controls, the Tomahawk Bale Processor works harder for you 24/7 every day of the year.

British built and backed
Innovative design is put into practise with Tomahawks being manufactured to exacting standards in our modern production facility. Stringent quality control in production is matched by an efficient after-sales service to ensure your peace of mind.

To keep your Tomahawk looking like new for longer, components are shot blasted and protected with heat cured powder coat paint.

Why own a Dual Chop?

How about one machine that does three jobs.

Bedding Cubicles and Loose Housing

Short straw for cubicles or long straw for loose housing at the touch of a button!

Labour Saving – one person can quickly and easily bed down livestock.

Save Straw, users regularly report up to 30% savings.

Livestock are cleaner and healthier – straw is lightly shredded or chopped short for improved moisture absorbance.

 

 

Processing Straw for feed

Pre-process straw for mixer wagons using our unique ‘Dual Chop’ system. 

Prevent silage from being over mixed and ensure that the straw content has been accurately and consistently chopped.

Improve mixer wagon efficiency by reducing processing time.

Precision cut straw stimulates digestion for more effective feed conversion.

    Chop short/spread long at the touch of a button
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    Chop short/spread long at the touch of a button

    The Dual-Chop system incorporates a set of retractable blades that can be repositioned at the touch of a button, changing straw output from short chop (around 4cm) to no chop, and back again when desired in a matter of seconds.

    Heavy Duty Bed Chain
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    Heavy Duty Bed Chain

    12mm heavy duty bed chain, resulting in less tensioning adjustments. The chain does not have anything welded to it which would lower it?s strength.

    Visual Feedback
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    Visual Feedback

    An indicator confirms the movement of the floor. The hydraulic motor driving the floor is not vulnerable to damage.

    Electric Controls
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    Electric Controls

    Robust intuitive electric controls with high flow hydraulic valve for easy, trouble free fingertip control.

    8 Paddle Fan
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    8 Paddle Fan

    Fan has 8 paddles, 230mm deep from 6mm steel. Rotor Diameter 1.5m/1.65m depending on model. The paddles can be individually replaced if damaged.

    Tailgate Mechanism and Under Floor Panel
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    Tailgate Mechanism and Under Floor Panel

    The Rear Door has two hydraulic cylinders to reduce stress on the chassis. The Tomahawk has an underfloor panel fitted; useful for maintenance.

    Adjustable Feed Slide
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    Adjustable Feed Slide

    For accurate placement of feed materials.

    High Performance Valve
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    High Performance Valve

    Hydraulic valve can take up to 60 litres/minute, resulting in less heating of the oil, and faster response to the controls.

    Consistent Output
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    Consistent Output

    The bale restraint design works with the grippers on the slats to give a good tumbling action, ensuring a consistently high discharge rate with all materials.

    Easy Maintenance
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    Easy Maintenance

    If a foreign object causes damage to the paddles they can be removed, repaired or replaced without removing the fan or splitting the machine.

    Swivel Chute
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    Swivel Chute

    For flexibility of delivery, the chute rotates 280? allowing material to be directed to where it is needed. An adjustable feed slide is fitted for accurate placement of feed materials.

    Tailgate Switch
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    Tailgate Switch

    Remote control tailgate & bed chain switch, to make loading easier. (Option on 7150)

    Robust Transmission
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    Robust Transmission

    Chain drive ensures reliable transmission of maximum power.

    Easy Loading
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    Easy Loading

    Tailgate is flared for easy loading and is supported by two hydraulic rams to enable the heaviest of bales to be loaded.

    Slip and overrun on PTO
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    Slip and overrun on PTO

    For driveline protection a slip clutch is fitted as standard on the Walterscheid PTO shaft.

  • Chop short/spread long at the touch of a button

    Chop short/spread long at the touch of a button

  • Heavy Duty Bed Chain

    Heavy Duty Bed Chain

  • Visual Feedback

    Visual Feedback

  • Electric Controls

    Electric Controls

  • 8 Paddle Fan

    8 Paddle Fan

  • Tailgate Mechanism and Under Floor Panel

    Tailgate Mechanism and Under Floor Panel

  • Adjustable Feed Slide

    Adjustable Feed Slide

  • High Performance Valve

    High Performance Valve

  • Consistent Output

    Consistent Output

  • Easy Maintenance

    Easy Maintenance

  • Swivel Chute

    Swivel Chute

  • Tailgate Switch

    Tailgate Switch

  • Robust Transmission

    Robust Transmission

  • Easy Loading

    Easy Loading

  • Slip and overrun on PTO

    Slip and overrun on PTO

Tomahawk 7150, 8150, 8550

7150 8150 8550
Chute Swivel Swivel Swivel
Dual Chop Yes Yes Yes
Straw Spread and Chop Short Spread and Chop Short Spread and Chop Short
No. of crossbeaters 1 1 1
Capacity (m³) 3.0 3.5 4.5
No. of 5' round bales Straw x 2 2 2
No. of 8' rectangular bales (4'x3' / 4'x4') 1/1 1/1 1/1
Bale chamber (tailgate down) W x H x D 1.4 x 1.25 x 2.5m 1.55 x 1.25 x 2.98m 1.70 x 1.25 x 2.98m
Blow distance (max.) 20m 20m 22m
Min. tractor PTO 60HP (90HP mounted) 60HP 80HP
Overall width (chute closed) 1.86/2.10m 2.1m 2.16m
Overall length (tailgate up) 2.65/3.65m 4.14m 4.14m
Overall length (tailgate down) 3.80/4.80m 5.38m 5.38m
Overall height (chute closed) 2.29/2.59m 2.58m 2.77m
Unladen weight 2255kg 2415kg
Tyre size trailed option 10.00/75-15.3 10.00/75-15.3 (options available) 10.00/75-15.3 (options available)
Oil flow rate (min-max) (l/min) 35 - 60 35 - 60 35 - 60
Feed Baled Silage No No No
Feed Clamp Silage No No No
Unladen weight (mounted) 1780kg
Bed Cubicles / Straw Processing Yes Yes Yes
Bed Loose Housing Yes Yes Yes
Name Description Link
Tomahawk Box Machines Brochure Download File
Bale Processor Guide Leaflet Download File
Herd Performance Guide Leaflet Download File
If you would like to download an Operators Manual or Parts Book for this machine please click here.
    Hydraulic Filter
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    Hydraulic Filter

    In-Line high pressure filter stops contamination from damaging the hydraulic system.

    Tailgate Extension
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    Tailgate Extension

    Tailgate extension increases capacity. Enables 2 x 1.5m diameter bales to be loaded in 7150.

    Greedy Boards
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    Greedy Boards

    Increase capacity for loose materials. Available only for 8150/8550 models.

    Road Lighting Kit
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    Road Lighting Kit

    Recommended for highway use.

    Clevis Drawbar and Jack
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    Clevis Drawbar and Jack

    Where no pick up hitch is available a clevis drawbar and jack is available for straight forward hitching and unhitching.

    Drawbar and Wheel Kit
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    Drawbar and Wheel Kit

    When using the 7150 with smaller tractors a drawbar and axle kit can be fitted. This makes hitching and unhitching easier, but makes the machine harder to reverse in narrow aisles.

    Castor Wheel Kit
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    Castor Wheel Kit

    When mounted on smaller tractors, the stability of the 7150 and 7100 models can be improved by fitting an optional castor wheel kit.

    Wide Angle PTO
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    Wide Angle PTO

    For continuous operation when turning corners a Wide Angle Walterscheid PTO shaft is available.

  • Hydraulic Filter

    Hydraulic Filter

  • Tailgate Extension

    Tailgate Extension

  • Greedy Boards

    Greedy Boards

  • Road Lighting Kit

    Road Lighting Kit

  • Clevis Drawbar and Jack

    Clevis Drawbar and Jack

  • Drawbar and Wheel Kit

    Drawbar and Wheel Kit

  • Castor Wheel Kit

    Castor Wheel Kit

  • Wide Angle PTO

    Wide Angle PTO

"I would have another Tomahawk Dual Chop definitely."

Tomahawk Dual Chop

Gordon Ross runs a mixed farm in the West Midlands with around 340 Dairy and Beef cattle. In 2009 Gordon was looking for a machine for bedding both cubicles and loose housed pens with straw grown on the farm. Gordon looked at various machines but found that ‘the Tomahawk Dual Chop was the only machine that could do both jobs, chopping short straw for cubicles and spreading long straw for loose housing’. 

Dual Chop makes Bedding pens and cubicles easy

Gordon processes around 1500 round bales/yr., and finds that ‘it is so easy to bed down that both pens and cubicles are bedded every day, using a principle of little and often to keep the cattle cleaner’.  Even with this regime straw is saved because the straw is spread evenly across the beds, and if a complete bale is not needed it is left in the machine ready for the next day. 

… and it is also used for Feeding

In addition ‘the machine can be used to process straw for feeding because the chop length can be varied to suit the ration by partially engaging the blades’. 

Would Mr Ross look at an alternative Feeder Bedder in the future?

‘No – I would have another Tomahawk Dual Chop, definitely.’

Gordon Ross, - West Midlands

27/08/2013

"A straw bed tailored for growing Ducks – “comfort, convenience, and substantial straw savings"."

Tomahawk Dual Chop

Ian McAuley is Farm Manager for CS Buchanan Ltd, based in Witnesham, Suffolk. On site are 4 duck houses, producing for Waitrose through Gressingham Foods.

Ian has a keen eye for the welfare of the ducks that he rears so, in addition to the duck houses being to the latest ‘Gressingham’ specification, Ian ensures that the straw bed provided for the ducks provides the best in comfort. On their last visit, inspectors for the Duck Assurance Scheme were very pleased with the bedding conditions. 

Ian says, ‘every duck farm has a mechanical straw bedder as it offers labour and straw savings, however, most of these machines simply spread long straw which would not provide a suitable bed for young ducklings.’ He adds ‘smaller ducks are happier on shorter straw as it is easier for them to walk over, improving mobility. Ideally the bed should be like a carpet when they arrive at one day old. As the ducks grow they stay cleaner on longer straw, because muck falls down through the lattice the straw creates. The bed must be laid to meet the needs of the ducks’

 Like many other farms, Ian had been purchasing pre-chopped ‘Maxi’ bales to start the bed, which were relatively expensive, and then spreading long straw with a mechanical bedder. To reduce costs and improve convenience Ian started looking for an alternative solution.

Ian spoke with local agricultural dealer Brad Farm Machinery Ltd. and found that the Tomahawk ‘Dual Chop’ Straw Bedder, manufactured by Teagle Machinery Ltd. in Cornwall, has the feature of varying chop length from around 2” to simply spreading straw without any chopping at all by simply pressing a button on the machine’s electronic control box in the tractor cab.

Ian had machine on demonstration and found that by setting the chopping system to the shortest length he could quickly prepare the duck beds, with the swivel chute enabling him to place straw in all corners of the shed. Because the Tomahawk is mounted on the tractor, reversing into the shed is straightforward, and with the chute able to deliver straw to either side of the machine it is only necessary to drive through the shed once.

The ease of changing the chop length means that at each rotation Ian can quickly lay a bed of short straw prior to arrival of the ducklings. After 1 week the ducks are bedded with short straw every day to keep the bed comfortable, and after 3 weeks the straw is gradually lengthened.

Having used a conventional mechanical bedder for many years, Ian has been impressed with the results from the Tomahawk ‘Dual Chop’ as he is able to provide “the same high level of comfort for the ducks, at far greater convenience, and with substantial straw savings”.

Ian has reduced his straw usage by 30%, around 875 full size Hesston bales, by moving from a conventional straw blower to a Tomahawk ‘Dual Chop’ and no longer has the hassle of purchasing pre-processed maxi-bales. Although Ian runs a number of straw for muck agreements, he is saving 1/3 of the cost of baling and hauling the straw.

The main saving in straw is achieved in the way the Tomahawk Dual Chop tears apart the bale. Because of the high speed at which the crossbeater rotates, and the use of a large number of hook rippers rather than blades, to pull apart the bale, the straw is well fluffed up rather than chopped to pieces. This system also delivers a very even flow rate which makes it easier for an operator to create an even bed.

And on the machine Ian says ‘it has been good working with Teagle to get the most from the Dual Chop system. Maintenance is easy, with well thought out access around the machine, and build quality is excellent.’

 

Ian McAuley, Farm Manager - Witnesham, Suffolk

07/05/2014

"The Dual Chop is faster and chops the straw shorter and more consistently than using the mixer wagon."

Tomahawk 8150 Dual Chop

In January 2014 Philip McCartney was selected as the lucky winner of the use for 12 months of a Special Edition Tomahawk 8150 Dual Chop, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Teagle manufacturing the Tomahawk range of Feeder Bedders.

The Tomahawk Dual Chop is able to either chop straw short or spread it long, controlled at the touch of a button from a control desk located in the tractor cab.

6 months later we caught up with Philip to find out how he is getting on with the machine.

Philip farms 300 acres of high ground just North East of Newry, Northern Ireland, overlooking scenic Co. Down. 

In partnership with his father on the 4th generation family farm he runs a herd of 100 limousin cross suckler cows,175 beef cattle and 150 - 200 ewes with 60 acres set aside to cereals.

Stock is housed in sheds for around 6 to 7 months of the year on concrete slats, standard practise in the area, and fed a ration containing clamp silage, crimped grain and straw using a paddle mixer wagon.

So how has Philip made use of the machine?

For Bedding

Straw is normally quite expensive so bedding with straw is unusual in the area, as most housing is all slat based. However straw is used for bedding in sheep housing, calving pens and creep areas. Philip has been experimenting with using a layer of chopped straw in the creep areas every few days, as he finds any straw carried into the slat area passes through the slats with ease which the dual chop can produce with the blades in the short chop position

For Feeding

Philip adds around ten 4’ round bales of straw to the suckler diet each week. This straw has traditionally been chopped in the mixer wagon, however Philip says ‘this takes a long time to chop up the bale and can over process the other materials in the mixer’. The Dual Chop, again in short chop mode,  has been used to chop 5 bales, 2 times a week which is faster and chops the straw shorter and more consistently than using the wagon.

Philip will resume using the machine when the livestock returns to the sheds in Autumn.

Philip McCartney, - Northern Ireland

24/11/2014

"We have healthier cows and a higher yield"

Tomahawk Dual Chop

Agricultural Cooperative Vsestary (ZD Vsestary) belongs to one of the largest agricultural companies in the Czech Republic, with a cultivated area of around 2200 ha, and a herd of around 550 cows which are primarily Holstein, bred with Brown Swiss stock. The farms in the cooperative are well located with cultivated land close to the rich historical area of Hradec Kralove. This ensures the operation is in touch with local nature and history, whilst remaining close to city life.

ZD Vsestary was established in the year 1992, based on a transformation project with a large number of members. An important milestone in the evolution of AC Vsestary involved external funding by Dutch company Vsestary Holland B.V. in 1998. AC Vsestary focuses on production of sugar beet, wheat, malt barley, rape, soya and feed crops such as corn or grass. A significant income is also generated through onion growing. Regarding livestock on the farm, the focus is clearly on the dairy herd which is producing an average of 10,400 litres/yr. 

In 2013 the farm purchased a Teagle Tomahawk 8150 Dual Chop through local dealer Vittaltech. Martijn Veening, the herd manager says, “We choose for a dual chop from teagle because of the flexibility and quality. We use it to chop straw for addition to the TMR wagon, and fill the bedding of the cows. The chopping system is able to cut the straw consistently short, better than the competition. Because of this we have healthier cows and a higher yield. We selected a Dual chop because of the diversity of use, filling bedding, and chop straw for feeding.”

So how has the Tomahawk fitted into the operation at ZD Vsestary? Martin adds, “We are happy with the machine because it is robust, and we have a good cooperation with the Teagle dealer so we know we have excellent service backup nearby.” 

Martijn Veening, Herd Manager - Czech Republic

20/03/2015

"The long and short of pig bedding - Variable chop length with custom delivery system"

Tomahawk Dual Chop

Simon Watchorn farms over 1000 acres near Bungay in Suffolk, rearing around 320 pigs/week, or 16,000 pigs each year, from over 600 breeding sows. 

All pigs are outdoor reared, with sows in the farrowing arcs for around 6 weeks, followed by weaning in sow service pens.

Until recently all straw bedding was undertaken by hand on the farm. In the farrowing arcs, slices from rectangular bales of straw were teased apart by hand and the sows left to spread the straw to create a farrowing bed. 

Simon felt that there was room for improvement in the quality of the straw bedding that was being provided to the pigs in all housing areas, in particular the farrowing arcs in order to better the welfare of the sows and piglets at this critical time.

Although the bedding operation was labour intensive the goal was to improve husbandry, rather than reduce inputs of labour or straw.

Simon’s objective was to find a machine that could bed up farrowing arcs with shorter straw, bed up weaning arcs and dry sow arcs with longer straw, as well as being able to bed up weaners pens outside with un-chopped straw.

Simon adds “The reason behind chopping straw for the farrowing arcs was  that farrowing beds need to be dry in winter and chopped straw gives me that”. In addition, “providing a loose bed of chopped straw allows sows to more easily create a comfortable bed, ensuring piglets retain warmth for improved live weight gain”. Simon also aimed to reduce piglet mortality which occasionally resulted from piglets lying underneath the sow due to an uneven straw bed”. 

Straw length was critical, “the machine had to be able to chop straw short for farrowing arcs – but not so short that the bed ‘caps’ and forms a dense mat”. 

Simon had some clear requirements for a bedding machine; it must be mounted on the tractor to provide manoeuvrability around the huts, as well as access to muddy fields during wet months. Straw must also be delivered evenly across the whole area in the farrowing arcs, with all corners being filled. 

Simon had a demonstration of a Teagle Tomahawk 7150 ‘Dual Chop’ which was able to process the straw as required, with the chop length being easily adjustable from the tractor cab. However, the machine was not able to deliver the straw cleanly into the farrowing huts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simon and Teagle Sales Manager David Threadgold developed a delivery chute fitted with a large diameter tube that could be used by a second operator outside the tractor to deliver short straw directly into the farrowing arcs. To deliver long straw to outdoor pens the directional swivelling chute is simply lifted clear of the special delivery tube using the electronic control box in the tractor cab. 

To improve the operator control over the feed rate of large rectangular bales the machine was fitted with a tailgate extension which allowed half a bale to sit outside the chopping chamber.

Three months in, how does Simon feel the machine has contributed to the operation? “The machines does exactly what it was bought for, with the adjustable chop length system giving us good control over the chop length for each of the bedding systems we use”. 

Simon Watchon, - nr. Bungay, Suffolk

23/04/2015

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