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IH horse-drawn hay tedder: ever seen one of these?

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Tom A

11-04-2001 12:48:40
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Just bought an old hay tedder from an estate sale; they said most of the stuff had been in the family over a hundred years.

Tedder had originally been horse-drawn, but converted to tractor many years ago. Several of the original parts have the IH logo, so I'm assuming it's an International. Two parts have 1881 prominantly cast into the iron, which I'm assuming is a date.

The tedder has steel wheels that drive an eccentric shaft that flips what looks like a bunch of 2-prong hay forks back and forth, tedding the hay.

Anybody ever seen one of these before, or know anything about them--model number, years it was made or anything? I'm going to use it to make hay on my little place, but I'd like to know the history, too.

thanks,
Tom

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T.J.-N.J.

11-08-2001 07:14:19
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 Re: IH horse-drawn hay tedder: ever seen one of these? in reply to Tom A, 11-04-2001 12:48:40  
I use one of the to turn my hay. It still has the step for the operator to climb up on the operators plat form but the deck and seat were removed when the drawbar was welded on.I am going to try it behind my cub so I can free up my allis c for the rake . Mine has provisions for 6 heads but 1 of them is missing most of its parts. T.J. Ps it says patented in 1903 on the hubs of the wheels and IHC on the big gear.

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Larry

11-05-2001 09:37:32
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 Re: IH horse-drawn hay tedder: ever seen one of these? in reply to Tom A, 11-04-2001 12:48:40  
Dad still has his "hay kicker" too. I used it a good bit as a kid and that wasn't too long ago (80's). BE PATIENT!!! They were designed for horse speed. You'll throw it apart if you go normal tractor speeds. And keep an eye on the springs. They get brittle if it sat out much. We know use an old NI side-delivery rake/tedder. It has a reverse gear and pitchable teeth to turn the rake into a tedder. Can drive a little faster with this, but the "kicker" lifted the hay better.

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tworiversbuffalo

11-10-2001 10:30:40
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 Re: Re: IH horse-drawn hay tedder: ever seen one of these? in reply to Larry, 11-05-2001 09:37:32  
I agree with the statement that you need to go slow. I have one of these exactly as you have described. Horse drawn converted to tractor pull. If you pull it to fast, the bearings burn up since they are an oil bath type rather than roller bears packed with grease. It seems to do a good job Just slow.



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Jerry D in NC

11-05-2001 10:22:07
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 Re: Re: IH horse-drawn hay tedder: ever seen one of these? in reply to Larry, 11-05-2001 09:37:32  
We call it a "Kicker" as well. Went many a mile behind an 8N tractor....



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Tom-Pa

11-04-2001 17:54:12
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 Re: IH horse-drawn hay tedder: ever seen one of these? in reply to Tom A, 11-04-2001 12:48:40  
International made these tedders starting in 1894 and continued the 1940's with the McCormick-Deering tedders. These tedders are as discribed above and had usually 6 to 8 forks depending on the model.
I have one up near my Dad's in NY just waiting for me to pick it up..taking the trailer up Thanksgiving to get it;...
Good Luck
Tom-Pa



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PCC-AL

11-04-2001 16:31:06
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 Re: IH horse-drawn hay tedder: ever seen one of these? in reply to Tom A, 11-04-2001 12:48:40  
I still have a lot of the old horse drawn equip that my family used on this farm beginning in 1850. My dad gave some to a local museum before he died. I am not familar with a tedder. Is this something like a side-delivery rake?? We gave ours to the museum. It had steel wheels and rotating teeth geared from the wheels. Kept the straight rake and I accidently ruined it recently clearing underbrush with a dozer. We had and have some plows, planters, mowers, harness etc etc etc
Still using dad's 8N that he bought new.

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Tom

11-04-2001 20:09:46
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 Re: Re: IH horse-drawn hay tedder: ever seen one of these? in reply to PCC-AL, 11-04-2001 16:31:06  
A tedder just flips the hay over so that it will dry faster. It doesn't gather the hay up like a rake does.



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joe

11-04-2001 15:36:51
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 Re: IH horse-drawn hay tedder: ever seen one of these? in reply to Tom A, 11-04-2001 12:48:40  
we still have one too, has a drawbar welded on. this one we have has 8 forks. they had dif sizes. wonder how good it works. yes it was IH. 150 years of Ih has them in it.



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TP from Central PA

11-04-2001 15:57:56
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 Re: Re: IH horse-drawn hay tedder: ever seen one of these? in reply to joe, 11-04-2001 15:36:51  
I used my land-lords old tedder as you described, but I think his was made by Deere(Thats all they ever bougth was Deere!). I tell you what, It may look like 1800's technology, but boy you run them things over damp hay-It cuts drying time A LOT!!!

We pull it a 5 mph pace-nearly as fast as a horse walks with our four-wheeler, and it works like a dream-and gets alot of looks from our MODERN neighbors!

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Keewaydin

11-04-2001 14:05:05
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 Re: IH horse-drawn hay tedder: ever seen one of these? in reply to Tom A, 11-04-2001 12:48:40  
The two pronged forks rings a bell. The tedder I used as a boy, many years ago had six or eight forks with springs to allow them to tip back if they hit anything solid. Each fork had a bearing on the back side that fitted on a shaft that looked like a big but not very heavy engine crankshaft. This shaft was parallel to the axle shaft and driven by a chain. I don't know who made it but we must have bought it between 1910 and 1920

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