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Tomahawk 8500

The professionals' choice.

A wider body with larger fan and crossbeater for easier loading, greater capacity, increased throw distance and greater output.

Tomahawk 8500 Bale Feeder / Straw Blower

Box Tomahawk

Comfortable livestock are more productive.

  • Provide an even and absorbent bed of straw with a Tomahawk 8500 Bale Feeder / Straw Blower.

Increase consumption and reduce waste of baled silage.

  • Silage that is lightly shredded with a Tomahawk 8500 is more palatable and easily consumed.

8500 Summary

  • Wide body ensures easy loading and offers 4.5m³ capacity, for feeding baled and clamp silage.
  • Larger fan in a Hardox housing spreads straw up to 22m from rectangular or round bales.
  • Also available with Side Chute or in ‘Dual Chop version’ for long or short straw at the touch of a button, click here to view the Tomahawk 8550.

Incorporating the Tomahawk 'Flow Plus' design for :

  • Greater output, a more consistent feed rate and controlled delivery at low fan speeds

Reliability

  • With simple and robust driveline and controls, the Tomahawk 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 feeder bedder?

Bedding? Comfortable livestock are more productive.

  • Provide an even and absorbent bed of straw with a Tomahawk 8500.
  • 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 for improved moisture absorbance.

Feeding? Increase consumption and reduce waste of baled silage.

  • Silage that is lightly shredded with a Tomahawk 8500 is more palatable and easily consumed.
  • One machine, Two jobs – Bed down and feed with all Tomahawk models (except Dual Chop)
  • Reliability – If you can bale a crop, we can process it.
  • Versatility – Feed clamp or baled silage, haylage or root crops.

Straw for feed

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

Improve mixer wagon efficiency by reducing processing time.

Precision cut straw stimulates digestion for more effective feed conversion.

 

    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.

    Tailgate Switch
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    Tailgate Switch

    Remote control tailgate & bed chain switch, to make loading easier.

    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

    The 1.65m diameter fan has 8 paddles which can be easily replaced if damaged by a foreign. The wider paddles move more air, and so blow straw further. 8 paddles ensure a consistent flow of material from the discharge chute.
    For superior wear resistance the fan housing is rolled from Hardox.

    Large Diameter Crossbeater
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    Large Diameter Crossbeater

    Crossbeater has 400mm diameter barrel, 600mm from blade tip to blade tip. Large diameter means more consistent flow and power requirement.

    Robust Tailgate and Straightforward Maintenance Access
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    Robust Tailgate and Straightforward Maintenance Access

    The Tailgate is raised by two hydraulic cylinders to ensure reliable operation. A removable underfloor panel is fitted to provide straightforward maintenance access underneath the machine.

    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, and more power being delivered to the Tomahawk.

    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.

    Adjustable Feed Slide
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    Adjustable Feed Slide

    For accurate placement of feed materials.

    Heavy Duty Bed Chain
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    Heavy Duty Bed Chain

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

    Robust Transmission
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    Robust Transmission

    Chain drive to crossbeater ensures reliable transmission of maximum power.

    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.

    Greedy Boards
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    Greedy Boards

    Increase capacity for loose materials.

    Road Lighting Kit
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    Road Lighting Kit

    Recommended for highway use.

    Mudguards
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    Mudguards

    Slip clutch and overrun on PTO
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    Slip clutch and overrun on PTO

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

  • Easy Loading

    Easy Loading

  • Tailgate Switch

    Tailgate Switch

  • Visual Feedback

    Visual Feedback

  • Electric Controls

    Electric Controls

  • 8 Paddle Fan

    8 Paddle Fan

  • Large Diameter Crossbeater

    Large Diameter Crossbeater

  • Robust Tailgate and Straightforward Maintenance Access

    Robust Tailgate and Straightforward Maintenance Access

  • High Performance Valve

    High Performance Valve

  • Easy Maintenance

    Easy Maintenance

  • Swivel Chute

    Swivel Chute

  • Adjustable Feed Slide

    Adjustable Feed Slide

  • Heavy Duty Bed Chain

    Heavy Duty Bed Chain

  • Robust Transmission

    Robust Transmission

  • Consistent Output

    Consistent Output

  • Greedy Boards

    Greedy Boards

  • Road Lighting Kit

    Road Lighting Kit

  • Mudguards

    Mudguards

  • Slip clutch and overrun on PTO

    Slip clutch and overrun on PTO

Tomahawk 8500 'The Chief'

8500 8500SC
Chute Side Swivel
Dual Chop No No
Straw Spread Spread
No. of crossbeaters 1 1
Capacity (m³) 4.5 4.5
No. of 5' round bales 2 2
No. of 8' rectangular bales (4'x3' / 4'x4') 1/1 1/1
Bale chamber (tailgate down) W x H x D 1.70m x 1.25m x 2.98m 1.70m x 1.25m x 2.98m
Blow distance (max.) 25m 22m
Min. tractor PTO 80HP 80HP
Overall width (chute closed) 2.44m 2.16m
Overall length (tailgate up) 4.14m 4.14m
Overall length (tailgate down) 5.38m 5.38m
Overall height (chute closed) 2.59m 2.77m
Unladen weight 2040kg 2080kg
Tyre size 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
Feed Baled Silage Yes Yes
Feed Clamp Silage Yes Yes
Bed Cubicles / Straw Processing No No
Bed Loose Housing 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.
    8500 Side Discharge Chute
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    8500 Side Discharge Chute

    Deliver only to the right hand side, with slightly greater blow distance than the swivel chute. Discharge height is lower for easier access to buildings. Chute can be raised or lowered as required.

    Tailgate Extension
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    Tailgate Extension

    Allows 2 x 1.5m diameter bales to be held in the Tomahawk.

    Hydraulic Filter
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    Hydraulic Filter

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

    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.

    Wide Angle Joint PTO
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    Wide Angle Joint PTO

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

  • 8500 Side Discharge Chute

    8500 Side Discharge Chute

  • Tailgate Extension

    Tailgate Extension

  • Hydraulic Filter

    Hydraulic Filter

  • Clevis Drawbar and Jack

    Clevis Drawbar and Jack

  • Wide Angle Joint PTO

    Wide Angle Joint PTO

"Mr Wray and his family have made a success of this business and the Tomahawk has played its part."

Tomahawk 8500

Charlie and Barbara Wray, Wayside Farm (www.wayside-farm.co.uk), farm right beside the M25 motorway close to Kings Langley in Hertfordshire. This 127 acres urban farm has been pieced together over many years as farms have been amalgamated mainly through the construction of major roads adjacent to the land. Land is at a premium and resources have to be managed prudently to ensure a profitable business.

The herd consists of around 75 milking cows, calving all year round, and 75 followers. It is a commercial herd with a long pedigree and with a herd average of 6,000 litres.  All the animals are loose housed on straw (replenished daily and cleaned out on a monthly basis for hygiene reasons) which is purchased from nearby farms and stored under cover, animal health is good with low cell counts (150,000 – 160,000 average) and Bactoscan readings always below 20 to produce the high butterfat (5.7%) and protein (4%) quality milk demanded by today’s market.

Wayside Farm has recently purchased its 4th Tomahawk over a 15-18 year period. The new T8500SC with greedy boards recently replaced a four-year old T9090 (the third machine of this model). The Tomahawk has always been used for bedding all the cattle, loose housing removes the difficult burden of handling slurry. The decision to move towards a T8500SC was taken because of the ability of the machine to spread straw much further than the T9090 and get into the corners often found in traditional UK farm buildings.

Feeding is also a key activity for the Tomahawk at Wayside Farm.  It can start during the summer as the milking cows often need to receive a supplement when grass growth slows down or burns up with the heat!! Silage is harvested on the farm and baled for convenience and storage. Maize is the key crop to profitable milk production on the farm, grown on the farm, harvested by a contractor and clamped for winter forage. Young stock are also fed straw with the Tomahawk.

Mr Wray is a strong advocate of feeding with a Tomahawk. This practice ensures the machine is fully utilised, reliability is key. But the prime reason for feeding with the Tomahawk is its impact on feed conversion and its flexibility to reduce waste. Mr Wray maintains that grass silage is fed as required both along the front of a barrier and a ring feeder. Only what is required from a bale is used and a single bale can be used in multiple groups due to ease of transportation. There is no waste with secondary fermentation with silage deteriorating when not eaten. None is left behind!

A number of cows are fed through feed trailers or ring feeders and there is no silage wasted by large clumps being drawn through the barrier as the cows take their portion. Tomahawk is very effective at breaking down the bale and “fluffing it up” to produce a more palatable forage and much easier for the animal to digest, as a result intakes are up. This applies to grass forage feed to animals on a daily basis (often with protein pellets manually applied to each load) and maize silage which is delivered separately to the grass silage. Mr Wray comments that his Jersey cows are adept at picking out the “good stuff” and maize is always preferred to grass!

When weather permits, and grass is in abundance a quantity of hay is also produced for winter feed and Mr Wray feeds this through his Tomahawk for the same reasons as above. Higher intake (more output) and less waste, so the precious forage goes further!

Like many businesses, Wayside Farms’ success is dependent on proactive management in producing a quality product for resale using home grown forage on limited acreage. Mr Wray and his family have made a success of this business and Tomahawk has played its part.

Mr Wray, - Kings Langley, Hertfordshire

08/11/2013

"Providing an Environment with Choice."

Tomahawk 7100  / Tomahawk 8500

Norfolk Free Range is owned by Steve Heart and comprises pig units across Norfolk, all certified by Freedom Foods and the CMI Red Tractor.

In total the units accommodate a 45,000 strong finishing herd, in addition to the breeding herd, from which around 2,200 pigs are sold to a Waitrose contract every week.

Norfolk Free Range are one of a few farms that finish free range pigs outside in tented hurdles, from the age of 4 weeks, and John Clark, Production Manager for 14 finishing units, is well aware of the benefits of providing the animals an environment which offers choice for them to be inside, outside, eating, drinking or sleeping.

Experience has shown that in these conditions the best returns in live weight gain and feed conversion from the animals are realised. Whilst the tented hurdles offer this choice, it also brings a specific challenge in keeping the pigs clean and comfortable when half of their running area is outside. With recent wet winters fresh in mind, along with straw becoming an increasingly expensive commodity due to the local demand from renewable power stations, owner Steve Hart started looking to mechanise the bedding operation to make it more efficient.

Reasons for choosing a Teagle Tomahawk:

The requirements of a straw spreader were clear, reduce straw usage, provide a deep bed to improve comfort, spread straw evenly around the entire bedded area, and accurately place straw so that it does not contaminate the drinkers.

Local dealer B W Mack (Machinery) Ltd. were keen to get involved in the project and delivered a demonstration Teagle Tomahawk to the farm to ensure that all of the requirements could be met. With their experience in the sector, Teagle offered a machine with a side chute – ideal for achieving the maximum blow distance, whilst offering a low delivery height suitable for the tent doorways.

Following the demonstration Steve ordered 4 machines, two mounted Tomahawk 7100s to offer greater manoeuvrability, and two trailed wide body Tomahawk 8500s, fitted with oversize wheels to overcome the soft ground in winter. All machines were delivered with tailgate extensions to make loading full size Hesston bales easier.

So 12 months after their arrival, how are the machines performing?

John Clark is keen on the approach of being able to deliver exactly the amount of straw that is required using a ‘Little and Often’ approach to provide a comfortable bed, typically achieving ‘an improvement in bedded temperature of around two degrees’. For the smaller pigs which enter the tents at around 4 weeks this is essential, and you can see them climbing ‘into’ the bed of straw. John notes that ‘whilst a similar amount of labour is required, the straw savings are substantial as a typical unit is using between 20 to 40 Hesston bales each week, depending upon the weather conditions’. And from the driver’s point of view; operator Sam at the Lexam unit says ‘You can’t beat it’.

Steve Heart, - Norfolk

07/05/2014

"Best Barn has the Best Equipment in Loudoun County, Virginia."

Tomahawk 8500

Nestled in the hills of Loudoun County, Virginia some 54 miles from the Nation’s capital reside Wendy and Don Denman. The farm is home to the “Best Barn” in Loudoun County according to Michael Gast their local veterinarian and it seems fitting that the owner also invested in the best machine to bed the barn a Teagle 8500.

Don and Wendy are farming 300 acres’ total which is divided into 40 to corn, 10 to millet and the remaining acreage to a variety of haylage and hay. The 60x105ft “Best Barn” is home to 150 Angus Hereford cross cattle which are fattened up to 500lbs and then sold at auction at nearby Winchester Auction Mart.

Producing 350 4x5 net wrapped round bales annually for this operation the Denman’s focus on using marginal hay for bedding and the remaining for feeding.

Don researched many bale processor manufacturers and opted for the Teagle 8500 due to the ease of the wide body when loading, capacity, along with the ability to simply control and direct the discharge head. Wendy viewed the purchased as a unit that focused on safety, labor and efficiency. What was taking the Denman’s most of the day to bed is now done in less than an hour she says.

The Denman's are impressed with the “feet on the ground” controlled rear tailgate switch without having the need to jump up in the cab to raise the tailgate or forward the bed chain. Wendy is impressed the fact of the PTO shaft stand - stating it helps them quickly attach the 8500 to either their John Deere or New Holland tractors and has the added benefit of keeping the PTO shaft off the ground.

The cattle immediately take to the bedding presentation and frolic happily whilst the pens are been replenished says Wendy. They have also trench lined hay in the pasture as a supplementary feed and or bedding making this a very flexible machine.

To the future a new vision, the herd will increase plus one they say, with the addition of a Jersey cow for their use, but after all is that not how it all starts?

Wendy & Don Denman, - Loudoun County, Virginia, USA

01/08/2016

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