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I was 20 yrs. old in 1969 and I didn"t do a lot around the farm after that, my first recollection of hay making was a IH baler with a motor on it. First tractor was a new 48 Farmall M so I think the baler was new at that time but I heard a lot of cussing involved in getting it started. A few years later came another IH pto baler and that would"nt tie very consistently but bales were loaded on two racks and all the barns had hay forks and the tracks across the top. Then a new 53 Super C showed up with a bunch of 2 pt hitch implements and a few years later I was in action with the Super C on the rope pulling bales up in the barn, really boring real fast. So when I was about 13/ 14 we got another M and a new side mount mower and a new JD crimper and I mowed all the hay, crimper didn"t stay long, spent most of my time under the back with my knife cutting hay out of the rolls,did it all the time. That was replaced by a New Idea or maybe a Cunningham, can"t remember but then I had the hot setup, even cut for 3 of the neighbors when they needed help and sometimes we rented some too. When ever New Holland came out with the first kicker I think we had one of the first in the neighbor hood, used 3 wagons, elevator outside barns, mow conveyer in the big milking barn rope controlled a flipper that derailed them anywhere you wanted and we mowed them when we had time. That barn was built in 48, round roof, second milking parlor in the county I think. 3 cow parlor Delaval pipeline. I didn"t use it over over a couple dozen times, hated milking. I liked mowing and baling, plowing and discing and hauling corn , he ran the planter and the mounted IH picker, hated installing that, he ran the combine and cultivator. My dad died in 54 so 3 older brothers ran it for awhile, then 2 of them left in the next few years, the last brother got married and she was good help but for a lot of those years it was 2 of us and a helluva lot of hay. Haven"t touched a bale in 45 years.
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