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Tomahawk Straw Mill

Tried and Tested - The Farmers Choice for quality and reliability

For producing consistently short material from dry bales.

Tomahawk 404M-505M-505XLM Bale Processor

Drum Tomahawk

Comfortable livestock are more productive.

For straightforward bale processing the 404M/505M/505XLM range offers fast effective milling of straw and miscanthus to a very consistent and fine length.

Operation

Blow straw up to 30', discharge to one or both sides of the tractor. Alternative delivery chutes are available to suit your requirements. 

The Tomahawk 404M, 505M and 505XLM Bale Processors use Blades or Hammers to chop dry material until small enough to pass through the holes in a screen. A range of screens are available with holes from 15mm to 36mm to obtain material of a consistent chop length.

Easy control of output by adjusting the speed of drum rotation.

Configurations

  • Tomahawk 404M - Suitable for 1.2m (4') diameter bales.
  • Tomahawk 505M - Suitable for 1.5m (5') diameter bales.
  • Tomahawk 505XLM - Suitable for 1.5m (5') diameter bales and full size Hesston bales.

Various drum extensions are available for ease of operation or to accommodate larger rectangular bales.

The 404M/505M/505XLM range is suitable for dry material only, and will not cut silage as it will block the mill sieve.

British built and backed

For your peace of mind Tomahawks are backed by an efficient after sales service from our production facility in Cornwall, England.

The Tomahawk Drum models are economical, simple and robust. There are no gearboxes, with the drive to the rotor being direct from the tractor, a hydraulic motor is used to rotate the drum. Due to their simplicity and strength, customers can expect a long service life from their Tomahawk.

Processing

Process your own straw for TMR - no need to stockpile.

Quicker, better TMR mixing with prechopped straw.

Improved palatability - chopped straw improves digestion.

Bedding

Save Straw - users report typical savings of 30% compared to manual bedding down.

Cleaner livestock - healthier animals and fewer disease problems.

Save labour - one person bedding operation.

Specify the right machine for the job - short chop for poultry & cubicles, light shredding for loose housing.

Drum Tomahawks

Simple - drum turns clockwise, rotor turns anti-clockwise, and material is skimmed of the end of the bale.

No gearbox - direct drive from PTO. Hydraulic drive to drum.

Feed rate is controlled by the angle of the drum. 

 

    Direct Drive
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    Direct Drive

    Direct drive from rotor to shaft - no gearbox.

    Choice of Material Chop Length
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    Choice of Material Chop Length

    Length of material is determined by the screen which is fitted. The nature of the material has some effect upon actual shredded length and some variation is likely to occur. Screen sizes available are 10, 12, 15, 18, 21, 28, 36, 50mm holes and 120mm slots.

    Knife System
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    Knife System

    Knife system for high feed rate - use only with screen sizes greater than 12mm.

    Hammer System
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    Hammer System

    Hammer system for heavier duty or stoney applications and very short chop lengths.

    Chute On/Off Levers
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    Chute On/Off Levers

    Chute on the left and right hand sides can be opened and closed independently.

    Easy Loading
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    Easy Loading

    Netting or wrap is easily removed at a safe working height. Adjustment of the drum angle with the optional hydraulic top link makes the operation even easier.

    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 PTO shaft.

  • Direct Drive

    Direct Drive

  • Choice of Material Chop Length

    Choice of Material Chop Length

  • Knife System

    Knife System

  • Hammer System

    Hammer System

  • Chute On/Off Levers

    Chute On/Off Levers

  • Easy Loading

    Easy Loading

  • Slip and overrun on PTO

    Slip and overrun on PTO

404M 505M 505XLM
Drum Diameter 1.57m 1.83m 1.83m
Maximum Round Bale Diameter 1.2m 1.5m 1.5m
Maximum Rectangular Bale Size 1.2m x 0.9m 1.2m x 1.2m 1.2m x 1.2m
Height Overall with machine on ground 2.10m 2.38m 2.78m
Width with chutes closed 1.85m 2.05m 2.05m
Lower chute discharge height 0.4m 0.4m 0.4m
Upper chute discharge height 1.09m 1.09m 1.09m
Length Overall 2.10m 2.10m 3.68m
Drum Extensions Available 30, 60 & 120 cm. 30 & 60cm. N/A
Operating Width 2.06m 2.13m 2.13m
Operating Width with Giraffe chute 2.15m 2.35m 2.35m
Swivel Giraffe Chute discharge height 2.6m 2.84m 2.84m
Straw Giraffe Chute discharge height 1.9m 1.9m 1.9m
Weight 647kg 737kg 1135kg
PTO power required 80HP 80HP 100HP
Straw Short Chop Short Chop Short Chop
Feed Baled Silage No No No
Feed Clamp Silage No No No
Bed Cubicles / Straw Processing Yes Yes Yes
Bed Loose Housing No No No
Name Description Link
Tomahawk Drum 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.
    Choice of Material Chop Length
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    Choice of Material Chop Length

    Length of material is determined by the screen which is fitted. The nature of the material has some effect upon actual shredded length and some variation is likely to occur. Screen sizes available are 10, 12, 15, 18, 21, 28, 36, 50mm holes and 120mm slots.

    Hydraulic Top Link
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    Hydraulic Top Link

    Heavy duty, strong enough to allow you to change the angle of the machine whilst the drum is loaded.

    Straw Giraffe Chute
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    Straw Giraffe Chute

    Only suitable for dry material. It will blow long straw up to 12 metres at 1000rpm.

    Quick Hitch A-Frame
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    Quick Hitch A-Frame

    Quick attach A-Frame, allows quick coupling of the Tomahawk onto the tractor.

    Electric Drive
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    Electric Drive

    Electric motor drive options available. Contact us for more information.

    Various Drum Lengths
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    Various Drum Lengths

    1.5m and 1.8m long drums are also available so a second bale can be loaded before the first is finished, to maintain a consistent feed rate and chop length 2.5m long drum x 1.5m diameter, available only on the Tomahawk 404 - 404M - 4040.

    Hydraulic Deflector
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    Hydraulic Deflector

    To control delivery, available on all Giraffe Chutes.

    Castor Wheel Kit
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    Castor Wheel Kit

    To help reduce the weight of the Tomahawk on the tractor.

    2.78m Long Drum 505XLM Model
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    2.78m Long Drum 505XLM Model

    Takes full length rectangular bales 1.25 x 1.25, or two round bales. Centre supports for strength and reliability.

    Swivel Giraffe Chute
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    Swivel Giraffe Chute

    Discharge height on 505M 3m (if Tomahawk is lifted 30cm above ground). Dry material only. Optional motor kit available.

  • Choice of Material Chop Length

    Choice of Material Chop Length

  • Hydraulic Top Link

    Hydraulic Top Link

  • Straw Giraffe Chute

    Straw Giraffe Chute

  • Quick Hitch A-Frame

    Quick Hitch A-Frame

  • Electric Drive

    Electric Drive

  • Various Drum Lengths

    Various Drum Lengths

  • Hydraulic Deflector

    Hydraulic Deflector

  • Castor Wheel Kit

    Castor Wheel Kit

  • 2.78m Long Drum 505XLM Model

    2.78m Long Drum 505XLM Model

  • Swivel Giraffe Chute

    Swivel Giraffe Chute

"Precision process to Farrowing Success"

Tomahawk 505XLM

Precision process to Farrowing Success

Paul Whyand operates a breeding herd of 1100 sows and has an eye for detail when it comes to ensuring that the conditions he provides for his herd will provide the best performance.

Sows in the ‘closed herd’ are housed in outdoor arcs bedded with straw, with an adjacent free roaming area. They are moved to the huts 1 week prior to farrowing, and remain there for 4 weeks after farrowing. This environment sets Paul in good stead for the ‘Red Tractor’ accreditation that he carries, and is required by processing group BQP who sell Pauls pigs into the Waitrose supply chain.

Paul’s aim is to be as green as possible, both environmentally, and in providing a rearing area with grass to fulfil one of the pigs natural tendencies to spend time grazing. In addition this offers good management of soil erosion.

In January 2012 sows on the unit were achieving  22.3 piglets/yr. Through a number of initiatives to improve animal comfort, such as insulation of the huts, Paul was able to improve this way above industry average to 25.0 piglets/yr. The next area of focus was to reduce piglet mortality due to smothering by the sow. Paul decided to investigate use of short straw, he says ‘it is not about straw or labour savings, it is all about the pigs welfare.’

By finely milling straw using a Teagle Tomahawk 505XLM supplied through Suffolk Agri-Centre Paul found that the sow arriving in the arc is quickly able to create a soft carpet, much more suited to farrowing. He says ‘there are tremendous benefits in bedding farrowing huts with short straw’. Through a combination of husbandry and fertility practises sows are now achieving 27.7 piglets/yr, with ‘the biggest improvement being by farrowing in short straw’. ‘We are seeing an improvement of around 2 piglets/sow/yr through this activity.’

Paul loads 2 x Quadrant bales to the Tomahawk 505XLM straw mill, ‘loading is no problem’. The optional Hydraulic Top Link fitted to the machine for hitching/unhitching and loading bales ‘transforms the job’. In operation the machine is run at 1000rpm with ‘control of hydraulics from the tractor cab being the key to the best output’. To make the operation more efficient Teagle designed a custom made chute with a hydraulic ram that lowers into position to deliver the straw directly into the pig arc which Paul says ‘works very well’.

Paul runs 360 arcs, 180 of which are moved every 3 weeks. Turnaround takes place over 4 days so the operation must be slick and Paul is able to bed down each arc in around 2 minutes to achieve this. A substantial benefit over bedding arcs with long straw is that that the arc does not need to be topped up with fresh straw as the initial bed normally lasts the full 5 weeks of occupancy.

Paul also believes that there is potential for using short straw in dry sow areas as sows tend to get contentment and “gut fill” from eating the milled straw.

And is Paul happy with the machine? ‘The Tomahawk makes the turnaround easier – without the machine we would be completely lost’

Paul Whyand, -

07/05/2014

"Broiler bedding – “A keen eye for Welfare delivers Productivity and Quality”"

Tomahawk Mill

Oliver Hoddinott is a specialist broiler grower located close to Wells in Somerset. Mr Hoddinott took over the unit around 7 years ago, with capacity to around 1.5m chickens/yr. in 2014. The farm produces birds under contract, with chicks delivered at 1 day old, and shipped out at 40 days. Oliver adds “revenue depends enormously on quality, with a high productivity being essential. Because the chicks and the feed are delivered to us to a standard specification, bedding is one of the influential factors that I control that enables me to optimise margins on the farm”. 

“Over a number of years various bedding systems including white wood shavings, recycled material and straw have been evaluated. The welfare of the birds is carefully monitored, with the outcome from each system being weighed against cost and availability of each bedding product”. 

Oliver currently uses a Tomahawk 404 Mill fitted with a 21mm sieve to process rape straw – it is important to use a mill fitted with hammers as this exposes the fibres to make the straw more absorbent. Oliver has also trialled wheat straw, but this tended to ‘cap’, significantly reducing the quality of the bed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This system has been in place for around 30 months, and with a reliable local supplier of high quality rape straw Oliver says “the whole system has worked well for us”. The investment in the tractor, straw mill and grab for the Telehandler will see a pay-back period of around 3 years. “I like to keep everything under my control, and in this system I produce the bedding material myself, where and when I need it”. For example, Oliver often beds up the broiler houses at night using the Tomahawk to reduce the risk of contamination of the bedding by Starlings. 

 Biosecurity is clearly very important to Oliver and reflects the attention to detail that his flock receives from start to finish. To this end the Tomahawk has been retrofitted with a tank that can apply an anti-bacterial agent to the straw as it is discharged into the broiler sheds.

Oliver Hoddinott, - Wells, Somerset

30/04/2015

"Perfection in Straw Pelleting"

Tomahawk Mill

AGROPO s.r.o.,  Zvoncin run a farm of around 1300 hectares and have a dedicated line for manufacturing pellets from straw, of which there is an abundance in the area, which are sold for horse bedding and for burning in boilers.

In 2012 Zvoncin were searching for a reliable solution to chop 0.9m x 1.2m x 2.4m rectangular bales of straw to a consistent length of around 10mm for a straw pelleting plant. Having tried other systems without success, Marian Stasny of Teagle distributor Merkanta suggested an electric drive Tomahawk 404M.

The Tomahawk now works for 16 hours a day at an output of 1000kg / hr, although the Tomahawk is limited to around 60% capacity by the size of the dust extraction cyclone and the pelleting press. This output equates to around 70 bales a day, or an impressive 35,000 bales over the two year life of the Tomahawk.

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Pictured: Marian Stasny, of Slovakian Teagle Distributor Merkanta with the Teagle Tomahawk 404M processing straw for pellets.

Marian Stasny, - Slovakia

26/10/2015

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