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Re: More Tools for Today

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Brian G. NY

02-06-2018 21:04:20

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The one on the right is for planting tree seedlings.....commonly called a dibble. Thousands of acres of NYS forests were planted using these.

They were used a lot by the CCC boys, the WPA guys and more recently in NY state by inmates in the Correction/Conservation camps.

As for the one on the left, Tim and Brendon are pretty much right...it is for post holes.

It is called a "hop bar" made specifically for setting hop poles.

My part of NY State was a very big hop producing area but the hop industry here went away in the early 1900s due to disease and the the production of hops in Oregon and Washington.

Many farmers back in the day raised hops on the side just as they did maple syrup.
Practically every farmer wound up with a hop bar which as you guys said, was used for setting fence posts. We also used it for our bean poles.

After punching the hole for a fence stake, you could use the head of the bar for driving the stake; it is about as heavy as a sledge hammer.

Its one of those tools you don't want to "loan out" because it is so handy the borrower will probably "forget" to bring it back. LOL

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Adirondack case guy

02-07-2018 05:40:14

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 Re: More Tools for Today in reply to Brian G. NY, 02-06-2018 21:04:20  
Brian, Have you ever seen or heard of bolting a long piece of heavy angle iron on the outside of a small tractor rear wheel. (4x4x1/4") The angle iron stuck out about 6" below the tread, and made a row of holes evenly spaced for planting trees. My granddad had a guy come in when I was a little Case guy and plant a 10A plot of scotch pine using a CA Allis. Pretty cool. To maintain the pattern, he would just slid or spin the wheel with the brake to get the rows lined up.
My Granddad also grew hops, and as you said disease finally wiped them out. He kept a journal of growing, harvesting and selling them. His journal is now on display at the Farmers Museum in Cooperstown.

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