Life on a family farm
in the wilds of
Upstate New York
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Farmers are known for it...making something from nothing, finding a new way to do a thing, or getting by without buying. These photos show a tandem hay rake setup the boss built many moons ago.
It is beyond simple, but it does most of the same jobs an expensive commercial model could. Of course there are no hydraulics involved, but that is generally a good thing from my point of view. He got the idea from a couple of older farmers he knew, modified it a bit to suit his circumstances. we still use it, at least twenty years later. Many a windrow has been rolled into another one to save trips over the field and thus time and fuel with me or one of the guys at the wheel. Raking hay was probably my favorite job back when I drove tractor every day. It is undemanding enough to allow the mind to wander.....but not so much so that you fall asleep counting Barn Swallows. Still I was grateful to have the dual rakes and for the time they saved us.