Q. What is the weight limit of Pierce bale spikes? 

PIERCE bale spikes have a lifting capacity of 2,500 lbs. NOTE: Picking up bales wider than the rear opening of your truck bed may result in truck damage.

Q. What is the difference between the Gooseneck Balespike (ABS1K) and the Bolt-in Bale Spike (BS2K)? 

The ABS1K hay spear installs directly over a gooseneck ball; in comparison, the ABS2K bolts into the truck bed so you can haul trailers while the spike is mounted. Both units come equipped with removable bale spears.

Q. How long will my bale spike hold up?

With proper maintenance, a 20-year life could be expected. We routinely service PIERCE bale spikes manufactured in the early 90s.

Q. How long does it take to lift a bale typically? 

15 to 20 seconds is typical.

Q. Where do I mount the pump?

The pump comes installed on the driver's side of the bale spike. A pump cover is included for added protection.

Q. What kind of hydraulic fluid do you recommend? 

We recommend Dextron III, but any red Automatic Transmission Fluid will work. We do not recommend using universal tractor fluid in winter weather. See the 

 Hydraulic Pump Maintenance and Troubleshooting page

Q. How often should I maintain the pump?

The pump requires regular maintenance to continue running smoothly. To read more about maintaining your bale spike, check out our Hydraulic Pump Maintenance and Troubleshooting page.

Q. I've noticed the pump runs slower in winter. What should I do?

In freezing weather, moisture can block the intake screen inside the pump tank. To avoid this, clean the pump's filters and change the fluid to eliminate crystallization.

Q. Where are PIERCE bale spikes made?

Our shop is located in Henrietta, Texas, United States, where we fabricate, weld, assemble, and service our bale spikes.