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    So...it seems there are ever more options out. Anyone know anything about the Wasserbauer Butler (gold) ? It appears it is just being launched in the US under the Valmetal banner as the ProFeed 2020. Our local dealer has one in his shop now and we are looking into getting one.

    Other than that I'm interested in experiences with other units...Lely, Hetwin, Joz (those are all similar R2D2 looking units) or whatever else you might have found.

    What did they cost? Maintenence costs? Upkeep time? Problems?

    I'm looking for good bad and ugly here... not rumor, actual knowledge.

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    I said it before I love my Lely Juno after 7 years and almost 30,000 push-ups the only maintenance till now is 1 battery, cost 220 bucks.
    I saw the Valmetal too, IMO to many moving parts.

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    I like the way the Valmetal somewhat mixed the feed going along with that augar on it. I would be interested in knowing if there is a capacity difference between brands and styles. Can one move a larger pile of feed in than another?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wisjag View Post
    I like the way the Valmetal somewhat mixed the feed going along with that augar on it. I would be interested in knowing if there is a capacity difference between brands and styles. Can one move a larger pile of feed in than another?

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    That was my thoughts as well. The auger should allow it to move more feed but the sideways pressure it'll exert might cause wear problems.

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    Well.... I'm going to find out. I bought one of the Valmetal ProFeed/Wasserbauer Butler. I'll keep everyone posted with how it works over the next couple of weeks.

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    What's the cost?


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    Costing me around 21k

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    It's here

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    That looks different. Looks like it has a nice heavy base for stability

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    It seems to be working well

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    How does it navigate? Camera off the feed fence? Metal strips in the floor?

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    Magnets are imbedded in the floor. The machine is programmed with their locations and then a path is designed to connect the magnets as a virtual line. If it doesn't find the magnets while enroute than it will stop.

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    What factors persuaded you to go with the valmetal over other pushers like the lely?

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    Cool looking machine! What ingredients are in that feed? It looks very finely chopped?


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    Is the auger plastic or rubber?

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    Quote Originally Posted by torch318 View Post
    Is the auger plastic or rubber?

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    Plastic

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddobonanza View Post
    Cool looking machine! What ingredients are in that feed? It looks very finely chopped?


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    I like chopping fine... I'm a believer in fiber, but that longer isn't actually better. Feed is about 45% corn silage, 15% alfalfa silage, and the remainder is concentrate... everything from distillers to molasses to corn to gluten feed and much much more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drdiederich View Post
    I like chopping fine... I'm a believer in fiber, but that longer isn't actually better. Feed is about 45% corn silage, 15% alfalfa silage, and the remainder is concentrate... everything from distillers to molasses to corn to gluten feed and much much more.
    Cheers dr. it looks and sounds very palatable!

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    Looks like a good unit.

    Curious what others hear for pricing on the various options. I have gotten approximate pricing from dealers (not official quotes), and Lely was approximately 22k for the smaller unit, and the JOZ and Valmetal ones are a few thousand more. I haven't heard any prices on Rovibecs, GEA.

    In my mind Lely has been around the longest and is the most dependable, and the established brand. I would expect the competition to be priced the same or less until they are established.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baazevedo1 View Post
    What factors persuaded you to go with the valmetal over other pushers like the lely?

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    I like the auger concept. It seems like it should handle large piles of feed better, something that has been any issue with the R2D2 style ones like lely or joz. Also, the scrape it gives on the bottom appears to clean the floor better. Being the first one to get it also brings some pricing advantages too I think.

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