In an 1894 catalog for Chieftain hayrakes and tedders found in the Iowa State University Archives, I found an advertisement for an 8-1/2-foot Golden Farmer Self-Dump Sulky Rake.
Mike Rookstool driving the 1894 sulky rake with Orville Jackson's mules, Jack and Jill.
The Barre Historical Society would like to acquire a photo of a salesman's sample of a full-sized New England Champion sulky rake
built by Chas.
In due time, the spring-tooth sulky rake was perfected.
It is difficult to rake the hay with an ordinary sulky rake so that it will lie in long windrows convenient for the hay loader to take it up, and inventors have been seeking a new form of rake that would leave a continuous windrow at the side.
In the next issue of Farm Collector, the second segment of this series traces the evolution of the sulky rake
When I was a green cowboy in Alberta, Canada, in 1947, fresh out of high school, I spent most summer days haying with a sulky rake
and a team of Percheron horses.
This sulky rake
was a vast improvement in safety and comfort over the earlier walk-behind revolving rake.
A few days later, I took the mares and the sulky rake
and put the hay in windrows.