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Homemade Hay Rake

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06-19-2004 23:51:08

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This is a hay rake I built to ease the task of gathering cut hay for loose storage.

After three years of cutting and hand forking the hay off of the 2 acre field I decided to come up with a better method. I'm still trying to get the baler working for next year, but for this year I put together this rake to gather the hay into large piles before forking it into the utility trailer to haul off to the shed.

Last year it took the wife and I two days to pick it up off the ground and move it using only forks and a small pickup. This involved a lot of walking to gather the hay from MoCo created windrows and carrying it to the pickup.

This year despite doubling the size of the field, using the rake to gather the hay into big piles, we got done in about 7 hours! I still want to get the baler working but this wasn't too bad.

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06-20-2004 12:54:38

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 Re: Homemade Hay Rake in reply to Steve(OR), 06-19-2004 23:51:08  

Your post is an inspiration to anyone who just simply wants to get the job done. This from someone who has spent may a day on a dump rake behind horses and many a day on a horse with a shockin pole and still uses the pickup and pitch fork to gather loose hay after all the new fangle equipment is finished.

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06-20-2004 00:36:55

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 Re: Homemade Hay Rake in reply to Steve(OR), 06-19-2004 23:51:08  
Steve.........clever. Way back when, we used horse drawn dump rakes that you were foot dumping (peddleing) up and down to create windrows as the horse pulled you across the meadow. Then you had a longtooth wooden buck rake to slip along under the windrow. Then to the haymow with pulley operated clamshell grapple to raise it up into the barn loft where it was slid back on a trolley and dumped and packed. Theres many a story about those old haylofts and hormones. (grin).........the tired-out Dell, from reading about your warm afternoons project

PS......old haying equipment is cheap at auction and eazier on the wife too (what a trouper)

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06-20-2004 00:49:14

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 Re: Re: Homemade Hay Rake in reply to Dell (WA), 06-20-2004 00:36:55  
Yeah, the old dump rakes were the inspiration for this contraption. But who has time to go to all the auctions on the off chance that what you want will be there? Even if there is an item you are interested in you can spend the whole day waiting for it to come up.

And you are right - she is a trooper! At her suggestion she did 7 loads herself with the pickup while I did 10 with the 8N and the trailer.

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