We had a horse drawn mower i used to pull with our C Allis but i have never used a dump rake.The film makes me think/guess the invention of the Side Rake led to the hay loader?? Nice film Steve!! Bud in Wheeler Mi.
My aunts did pull a dump rake with an Allis C. After the hay was baled I drove the Allis around the field pulling a wooden sled and they piled the bales on it. Somehow I have no memory at all of the baler.
I'm still making hay that way. Cut a patch this morning with my tractor mounted sickle bar mower and will rake it up with my 10 foot Oliver dump rake, which has been converted to be pulled by my Ford 2N tractor in a couple of days. It's set up to be tripped by a pull on a rope from the tractor seat rather than having to trip it from the dump rake seat. After raking I pitch it into a big trailer and haul it to the barn.
Our local paper in the 100 years ago section this week reported that there was a big shortage of pitchmen at the time, probably due to WWI. The same is still true 100 years later.
I just finished a complete rebuild of a 1941 Allis Chalmers model B.....but have to put it up for sale to finance my T needs. Sorry to see it go too....it's a powerful little tractor.
Sitting here watching that video thinking that the youngest child if still alive would be all of 118 years old. What a glorious generation they were. Jim
Suddenly I itch all over.
I also never have seen a hay tedder as pictured.After being raked once with the side rake if it did not dry well you could flip it 180 by using the back 1/3 of the rake and getting the speed right in third.Bud.
That is sooooo cool!!! The scenes with the kids were the best.
We farmed like that in Wisconsin, but I never saw a hay Tedder.
We cut hay with horses until about 1945.
After that we had a mower that mounted on the back of the Ford Ferguson, later an Oliver 70 and a couple of John Deeres pulled a PTO mower that was similar to a horse drawn mower.
I have used dump rakes but mostly side delivery rakes.
If it rained on the windrow we just turned it over with the side rack again and hoped it would dry out enough to put in the hay mow without salting it down.
We figured if the hay molded some in the hay mow the cattle would eat it to get the salt.
Some farmers believed the salt would prevent molding.
Nice video, brings back memories.
I have never seen hay pitched from the ground to a wagon. we all used haw loaders pulled behind a four wheeled wagon or a truck.
Some farmers baled all their hay, it took less storage room and fewer workers to harvest the hay. Quicker too.
Used a mower like that, but we turned the hay with a fork to let it dry. I would ride on the 'dump rake' (called here a 'Buck Rake'). There was a pedal that had to be held to keep the tynes down and another one which when the tynes were filled, my right foot would engage a pedal that caused the revolving wheel to lift the tynes. If care was not taken, the hold-down pedal would fly forward and strike my ankle, and at the same time the tall hand lever would swing forward and likely hit my head. Those were the days!!
He had his guys build a tractor out of leftover parts about the same time. Itís on display in the museum. Model B motor, and I recognized some leftover K parts, too.
We had the same type of mower but pulled it with an old Farmall that had iron spiked wheels. I remember sitting on the mower operating that lever that lifted the cutter bar. Scary as hell. We also had an old hay loader. Lots of wood slats and chains. Every so often it would get jammed .. and send a chain link shooting into the air.