It took Georgia hay farmer Whipple Simpson six years to develop and patent his “T”s E-Z Unroller. But now he’s shipping the device to as far away as Australia. The E-Z Unroller will convert round bales of any type straw or hay into convenient square bales. Growers who have many acres of wheat and hay can use large round balers to save time at harvest, and then later, when more time is available, they can use the E-Z Unroller to convert the round bales to square bales.

The system is hydraulically driven, is operated by a tractor of optional power unit, and requires three people to operate. It takes about 6 min. to unroll a 4- x 6-ft. bale. The unroller is reversible and can be raised and lowered as needed. Price of the E-Z Unroller starts at $24,500. Larger models will handle up to 500,000 bales/year.

Simpson also developed the “T”s E-Z Big Separator that separates big square bales and rebales them into smaller rectangular bales. The separator may be powered by a tractor or optional power unit. It retails for $21,000.

Contact Simpco Inc., Dept. FIN, 370 Whipple Simpson Rd., Cochran, GA 31014, 478/934-7863, www.simpsonunroller.com.