Nice color coordination! I know where there's a baler looks just like that sitting in a vacant field. The field is fenced and clearly posted no trespassing so I haven't got too close. There is no house anywhere nearby so I don't even know who to call to find out if it might be available. I guess I could check out the county recorder if I cared that much.
If you grew up around this stuff, you're smarter than I am. I grew up in the city. I did a little haying on Grandpa's place in Idaho but never paid any attention to the machinery, etc. I guess I've learned how to sound knowledgeable in print and have fooled a few folks. Truth is, there's lots for me still to learn.
As for my rake, yeah, I thought it did a good job, but it's the only rake I've ever used. I have to deal with close confines so I liked being able to pick the rake up and position it where I wanted. I've seen 503 rakes painted red or blue. Mine is red....one of the oldest designs according to the FNH parts books. One of the bars broke off during operation (the bearings were shot). My style of bar is no longer supported by FNH so I've decided to look for something else, but if I found another 503 for cheap I'd buy it. I ran across one in a shed in the middle of town but the lady insisted it was still used every year and wasn't for sale.