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  Sandmann Farms

Testimony of Chuck Sandmann


We have always been very interested in new technologies when it comes to our farm. When we first saw the Super Conditioner in 1998 the concept just clicked. We purchased them right away and never looked back, until the winter of 2004. We decided to try a new Hesston with the double conditioner (Twin Max) “the concept seemed sound”. The summer of 2005 we ran one machine with the diamond pattern Circle C Super Conditioner, one with the new spiral pattern Circle C Super Conditioner, and one with the new twin max system. All Hesston sickle machines. The hay conditioned with Circle C diamond pattern rolls and the Twin Max dried in about the same amount of time all season. Hay conditioned with the new spiral pattern Circle C Super Conditioner rolls were always ready to bale sooner. Winter of 2005 we are setting up all three machines with the new spiral pattern Circle C Super Conditioner for the 2006 hay season. The Circle C Equipment Super Conditioner is simpler to operate, easier to maintain, and they more than pay for themselves every year. We will not look back again. (Until something better comes along).


Chuck Sandmann, Sandmann Farms

Moses Lake, Wa

sandmann@sagensun.net

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      Sandmann Farms was one of our first buyers of the conditioner rolls. They harvest about 1800 acres of alfalfa four times a year and they consistently produce very high quality alfalfa. Hay from this farm is always sold very quickly. I recently asked Chuck why they no longer enter the hay king contest at their local fair (they were consistent winners for years).  He said, “we never have any hay left to take”.

      Through the years, Vern and Chuck have had very little trouble with the super conditioners. They believe in, and practice, preventive maintenance. I have been all over this country and have gotten to know hundreds of farmers and their operations. These guys run a tight ship and their knowledge of the latest practices and technologies is what give them their edge in the market place.

      Sandmann Farms is just one of hundreds of farmers that back up my statement, “When used properly, the Super Conditioner is the superior tool for conditioning alfalfa and other forage crops”, thus producing a superior product for the end user.

     We are, and have been, the company that is setting the new standards for conditioning systems. The major manufacturers of hay conditioning systems are scrambling to catch up! We are years ahead of them in conditioning hay & forage technology, and intend to stay ON TOP!

-----Original Message-----

From: Thomas Rundel

Sent: Friday, June 25, 2010 1:56 AM

To: Mel

Subject: Re: Super Conditioner


Title: Leap of Faith!


Mel,


There is only one thing odd with this Haybine and your conditioner system,


I should have bought it 10 years ago!


You see, I am a farmer and mechanic, I do well understand technical details. I did believe 100 % in your product and what you and your customers were saying but, I was sitting on the fence for a while because my location is around 10,000 miles away from Oregon. I never did have the opportunity to see a machine working in the field and I had to buy it blind.


We now own one, and I tell you, I was strongly impressed by the quietness and ease it runs, by the capacity and the result when we used it the first time. Doing is much different from hearsay!


This was the one and only right and wise decision, and as you said it,


 “I will never look back”!


I thank God for your input and for this excellent product.


Joe Rundel

Germany

  Toby Brinkerhoff

     If you want to talk about a first rate operation, well here it is! This is a "Gitter Done" guy!


Testimony of Toby Brinkerhoff


A few years ago Mel called and wanted to demo a hay rake, and I told him to bring it in and let's see what it will do. After the quick setup procedure Mel was raking hay and it appeared to be doing everything he said it would do. It gently picked up the hay and rolled it together (without roping), it had very little leaf loss, virtually no dirt or debris thanks to depth bands that are always keeping the rake teeth at just the right height and it was easy to adjust the rake with a push of a button from the cab.


Now with all that said, I still needed to know if it was better than the two rakes I currently own. Once Mel wrapped up and headed down the road I immediately made four passes with my New Holland rakes and four passes with my Allen rakes right beside each other. I hoped this would show me if it really did dry any faster than my two other rakes. The following day I went to check the progress of the hay when I realized there was less stem moisture in the hay raked with the Circle C rake. I jumped in the tractor which is equipped with harvest tec (this continually reads the moisture of the hay so I can tell what it is from the cab) and started to bale hay. The Circle C rake was consistent 10 to 12 percent moisture. I jumped into the other hay and had readings from 10 to 20 percent. This was all I needed to know, I was gaining a whole day on dry time.

The American Eagle Hay wagon is truly the biggest time saver I have. This wagon is so easy to run you literally stack hay with a push of a button. Eric (the guy who runs the wagon) can clean up a 125 acre pivot in about three hours. Another great feature to the wagon is straight consistent stacks. It loads the bales evenly so they are tight in the stack. This is important for us because of our wet winters; very rarely does water ever penetrate the sides or edges of the bales. My Dairyman has also noticed that while the top few inches of the top bale might be wet the rest of hay is as green as the day it was baled, which he really likes.


The last thing I need to do to completely streamline my hay operation is purchase the Circle C hay conditioner. My Neighbor has run this conditioner for the last four years and saves an additional day of dry time. Farming in today's world, time is money. Circle C Equipment has allowed me to put up better quality hay in less time, thus allowing me more time with my family or to simply focus on other aspects of the farm.


Toby Brinkerhoff

Winnemucca, NV

tbrinkerhoff@m-hip.com

Bailee & Toby

Bailee & Toby

  Scott Myers

Stacker Testimony of Scott Myers


The American Eagle Stack Truck has made a dramatic difference in our operation. Its versatility and ease of operation and maintenance makes it fun to run. It has allowed us to make 700 acres of hay 5 times per year with 3 people. Here in Ohio the weather is very changeable, so we make both dry hay in 3x3x8 bales and individually wrapped hay in 3x3x6 bales. The stacker can pick-up any of these with little adjustment. When wrapping, we use the stacker to pick-up the bales and deliver them to the wrapper. Instead of stacking them, we just slide them off. This enables the wrapper operator to quickly move them to the wrapper. Three people are all it takes. It used to be that we would finish baling and then tackle the huge chore of picking-up the bales. It would take 2 semis, 2 loaders, and 4 people to keep up with one American Eagle Stacker. Now, when we are done baling, we are usually done picking-up. On our dry hay we stack a lot of it outside under tarps. This truck is perfectly suited for this. We stack 3 stacks wide with the center stack being 6 high and the outside stacks being 5 high. This allows the water to run off the top of the stacks. This truck is so flexible that it can stack 5 or 6 high, allowing us to not handle a bale with a loader until we sell the hay. Some of our fields are up to 18 miles from the stack site. Using this truck, we create a stack at the edge of a field and tarp it. Then, when we have time, we can use the truck to retrieve the stacks and move them back home. Its so simple, fast, and versatile.


Super Conditioner Testimony of Scott Myers


The Super Conditioner Rolls are the only way we make alfalfa hay. Back in 2001, we were looking for a better way to get hay dry in Ohio. With the high humidity, we would always have trouble getting our hay dry enough to keep in 3x3x8 bales. We also use preservative on our hay, but it wasn’t enough. We would get caramelizing in the bales and it made the hay hard to sell. That’s when we spoke with a salesman from Circle C who helped us find a machine to put the rolls in. We purchased a NH 2450 and a set of Super Conditioner rolls with the diamond tread design. We ran it on our last cutting of the season and made some of the nicest hay we had ever made. It was the greenest and softest hay we had ever seen. We topped our local hay auction every week we took the hay. We have run that machine every year since and had excellent results. We put up about 500 acres of alfalfa 4 times per year and run another 100 acres of oat hay through the machine every year. This season, when we recovered our rolls, we switched to the new intermeshing pattern. We have run about 2000 acres through these rolls and they still look like new. Even though we spend many hours every year picking up rocks, we still find some with our windrower. The new design stands up to these rocks. With this new design, we can now run a much lower pressure between the rolls, putting less strain on the bearings. The diamond tread design didn’t feed badly, but the new design feeds better than anything else on the market. We used to have some trouble feeding 4-ton oat hay. Now, the only thing holding us back is the cutterbar on the machine. Just this fall, we purchased our second windrower, a used 2550, and we will be putting another set of Super Conditioner Rolls in it.


Two different times since we have owned the Super Conditioner Rolls we have ran them in the field side-by-side with another machine with the company’s factory rolls. Both times, the Super Conditioned hay dried faster. The first time was in first cutting and it dried two weeks faster. We mowed the hay, and as usual the weather forecast changed. We baled the Super Conditioned hay in four days and it rained that night. It continued to rain off and on for the next two weeks. When we were finally able to get the other hay off the field, it was junk and we almost ruined the alfalfa stand in the process. The second cutting suffered in those stands, but it was beautiful where we had gotten the hay off of the field. The second time we ran a side-by-side trial was this past summer. The hay was baled the same day, but the Super Conditioned hay was 5 points dryer, 18% to 23%. We didn’t think this would make a big difference, but we still stacked them separate in the barn. Two months later, we began selling the hay out of both stacks. The stack that was not Super Conditioned had caramelized and was very brown. The Super Conditioned hay was perfectly green. We had to discount the caramelized hay to sell it, once again proving that we will stick with the Super Conditioner rolls.


Scott Myers

Ohio

jdhay73@hotmail.com

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