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Re: For some old farm boys... [Re: Hatchetman] #6939182
07/22/20 10:03 PM
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Our barn had the rail with a U shaped fork with fingers that pivoted to hold the hay when the rope got tight. I barely remember handling loose hay though. I do remember handling bales. We got a wire tie baler with an air cooled motor. That motor was a pain to get cranked but when it ran, that machine would pack way too much hay in those wires and they would eat your hands up too. We tried using the rail system for bales but it was too slow and cumbersome. Adjustable angle elevators with hay extensions were much more efficient but stacking it in the barn was a hot, nasty job.

I did most of the stacking on the wagon in the field and usually got to unload the wagon onto the elevator.


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Re: For some old farm boys... [Re: Hatchetman] #6939208
07/22/20 10:13 PM
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Growing up neighbors worked together and we used a fork for square bales and each barn was set up different. I usually helped stick the forks or was out loading the wagons. Hardly any cattle around here anymore all grain farmers now.


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Re: For some old farm boys... [Re: Hatchetman] #6939264
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Neat video thanks for posting

Re: For some old farm boys... [Re: Hatchetman] #6939277
07/22/20 11:18 PM
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I had never seen hay put up in that manner. I have tossed my share of bales, but never seen the loose hay put up like that. Fascinating !!!!

For back then that is some complicated machinery. Heck, even today it is rather complicated.

Last year or the year before my nephew had just graduated HS and was looking for work. I put in a call and got him hired on to put up square bales. He lasted one week and said he had had enough. He actually said he enjoyed part of it, but the heat and bugs got him. LOL

Re: For some old farm boys... [Re: Hatchetman] #6939283
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How things have changed. One of the farms I worked with in a neighboring county milks 8,000 cows on two sites. They buy crops from 25 or more of the neighboring farms in the area. When they start cutting alfalfa they will lay down 2500 to 3000 acres in 3 days with their hay bines. they merge 4 18 foot windrows into large windrows and chop into trucks. If fields are smooth they can chop at about 9 mph and with the 3 choppers they are done in two days with good weather.

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Re: For some old farm boys... [Re: Hatchetman] #6939286
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Pretty cool too see, we have a track like that in dads barn and in gpas barn, I always was curious exactly how it worked, had a pretty good idea but definitely neat to see

Re: For some old farm boys... [Re: Hatchetman] #6939308
07/23/20 12:01 AM
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Awesome video!!!

Re: For some old farm boys... [Re: Hatchetman] #6939312
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That work will put hair on your chest! Thanks for posting

Re: For some old farm boys... [Re: Hatchetman] #6939382
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Re: For some old farm boys... [Re: Hatchetman] #6939401
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I saw one of those about 20 years ago while I was rabbit hunting. It was sitting close to an Amish farm back in a hollow and looked like they use it alltho I never saw it used.

Common to see horse teams being used around here for farming with a lot of Amish in the area. This spring I saw an 8 horse team, most just use 3 or4. It was an impressive sight!

Re: For some old farm boys... [Re: Hatchetman] #6939430
07/23/20 07:36 AM
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That is a great video, thanks for posting.

Re: For some old farm boys... [Re: Hatchetman] #6939434
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Re: For some old farm boys... [Re: Hatchetman] #6939435
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Very interesting video, thanks for posting.

I worked on various farms as hired help through my teens and twenties. Everything was already mechanized by then but that didn't make the farmers any less tough. Most of the farmers I worked for were missing fingers from trying to clear jams in mechanized balers.


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Re: For some old farm boys... [Re: 330-Trapper] #6939437
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That sure is a fancy way to load the wagon in the field. We used pitch forks, one on each side of the wagon where we had put the windrows up in "shocks". At the barn our hay lift was called a "spider" and it had 3 arms on each side. We also, as just about everybody in the south did, used mules instead of horses. I was just about grown before we had "baled" hay, and then it was tied with baling "wire". Talk about hard on your hands!!

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Originally Posted by lcd
That sure is a fancy way to load the wagon in the field. We used pitch forks, one on each side of the wagon where we had put the windrows up in "shocks". At the barn our hay lift was called a "spider" and it had 3 arms on each side. We also, as just about everybody in the south did, used mules instead of horses. I was just about grown before we had "baled" hay, and then it was tied with baling "wire". Talk about hard on your hands!!


Hard work no doubt. I suppose your lift should have been called a "bug".

Re: For some old farm boys... [Re: Hatchetman] #6939452
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What impressed me was his handling of his team. Years ago people were much closer to nature. Had to be in order to use horses and mules. Todayís people only see horse pulls rope,hay goes up. A lot easier said than done. And when the days done,you canít park your horse and shut it down. Need to care for them,unhitch,water,etc. I was fortunate enough to hear stories from my dad about grandpa and his grandpa farming with horses. Also knew an old boy from Texas who told me about running teams of mules and hoeing corn by hand in pre depression east Texas. The thing I canít figure out is how the heck does he wear those barn boots out working hay in summer heat. 😀

Re: For some old farm boys... [Re: Hatchetman] #6940374
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I remember seeing hay stacks outside of barns. Never seen it done though. We used a bailer. I used to get a penny a bail when I worked for some one else. Those were tough days.

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Re: For some old farm boys... [Re: Hatchetman] #6940553
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When I was a teenager I would get $10.00 a week plus ,meals for helping with baling and the morning milking . We would be in the barn before 5 AM .once we finished milking it was time to unload any bales still on wagons After dinner we would get to baling hay /straw .It was two on the wagon pulling bales off the baler and stacking .And normally there was 2 guys at the barn unloading and stacking in the barn .That was where I learned the value of a dollar .That $10.00 a week was my money to buy a hunting license and ammo and a few clothing items if I had any money left . As time went on the kick baler came into use .That meant there was no need for anyone on the wagon in the field .There where many years I helped to bale and stack in the barn 10,000 to 15000 bales in a summer season But those days are gone I miss having the physical ability to do it .But not the labor and sweat it too do it

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Here is one more hing to take notice .All the scenes shown are on flat , level fields .I think the 2 guys on the wagon load of loose hay would not stay on that wagon very long even if it was a gentle slope

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