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Re: Hay Wagon Sizes

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Been 35 years since baling. We had 6-6 1/2- and 7' wide wagons 16' long and one 7' x 18' and that one got left till last because it was just too big and took to much walking to get to the back end, that extra distance you needed a second person on the wagon. The 16 footers were also our grain wagons and had T & G lumber for the floors and they were slick so grain would slide out but never had a problem with them being too slik for the bales. If I was still farming I would want not over 7' wide, that is plenty for a normal load of bales and easier to store and 14' long as easier to load without wearing you out just by walking to the back end of the bed. I would rather have more shorter beds than the longer ones to hold the same amount and they are easier to store. A standard barn was 36 to 40 feet in depth for the driveway and you could back in 2 of the shorter beds with loads to get out of the rain till unloading time but with that 18" bed you could only get in that one wagon unless you also had a 10-12 bed to put in same drive way.. The hay chaf was all saved off the wagons and run through a hammer mill for hog feed so wanted a tight bed to save those leaves that would be wasted by falling through cracks in a spaced out board bed. Too old and poor health to think about farming any more.

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