Beware !!!!! from Appalachian Shavings
wish to advise the equine public about a shady business practice
that has been going on in the woodshavings industry and wish to
provide you with some knowledge to guard against it and be a wiser
lot of unscrupulous woodshavings companies/brokers/distributors
are selling you short! They are selling you a certain bale size
at a competitive price but shipping you a smaller size instead.
Companies have the bale size printed on the bale but the actual
size falls way short of the printed and stated volume on the bale.
We have received and seen numerous bales of 2. to 2.8 cu. ft. which
were marked 3.25 cu. ft. Even when called, come companies kept on
misrepresenting their real bale size!
order to help you figure out what you are getting for your money,
here is the equation:
length x width x depth of the bale (in inches)
Then divide this result by 1728 (which is 1 cu. ft. in inches, 12x12x12)
The result is the actual size of the bale.
For example, our 3.25 cu. ft. bale has the following measurements:
Length: 30.5in Width: 17.25in Depth: 10.75in
L W D
get: 30.5 X 17.25 X 10.75
1728 ( 1cu. ft. in cu. in (12 X 12 X12))
should also verify the firmness of the bale to ensure proper compression
ratio, therefore giving you a better yield for maximum coverage.
A limp rounded bale reflects a poor compression ratio.
is not an accurate measure of compression ratio but might reflect
the addition of green woodshavings or a higher moisture content
- basically you would be buying water, not more product!
figure your cost per cu. ft. divide the price paid by the actual
measured size received. Then you will be able to figure out your
best value even if all the bale sizes are different.
share this information with your fellow horsewomen and horsemen.
This is the only way to protect yourself from being taken advantage
of. Do not take the bale size printed on the bag at face value -