A hydraulic ram pumped water from the spring, the pulsator on the milking machine needed constant care and the hay hook
attached by rope to pulleys to increase the mechanical advantage lifted the loose hay from a wagon into the haymow.
When feeding baled hay, a very useful tool is a hay hook
that can also serve as a twine cutter.
Another thing: When you do physical work, you can daydream as you work - though you don't want to get so distracted that you did what I did: get a hay hook
stuck in a bale that was heading up the elevator (along with me).
At home, we backed the wagon into the barn, took a hay hook
, picked up the loose hay and put it in the hay mound.
Loaded hay wagons can be driven inside the central bay in the hill-sided back entrance of the barn, then unloaded into the mows without the need for a hay elevator or hay hook
. With a little determination and a couple of farm hands, you can fill an entire mow to the roof completely by hand.
Ballard ("The Hay Hook
," Farm Collector, July 2016) was interesting, and its point about the advantages of a hay hook
was very much on target.
Happy No matter how horrible the long-abandoned hay hook
looks, or how hard it might be to set some old bucksaw's teeth, the restoration artist's challenges cause only minimal strife, and nothing makes the hobbyist happier than to bring it all back to life.
For example, a hay hook
that Ralph acquired has a cutting bar on the back for cutting bale straps.
There must have been a good hay crop in September 1951, as several purchases of binder twine, hay hooks
and gloves were recorded.
When the hay hooks
came in contact with the overhead pulley at the peak of the mow door, a lever would automatically engage, and the dangling bales would begin to travel horizontally on a rail suspended from the ridgepole of the barn roof.
During the first weeks after they moved in, he'd found old harnesses, hay hooks
, plow points, garlands of rusty trace chains, a cracked wooden wheel.
Clare shows up at jobs with cages, rubber and leather gloves, a face guard to protect against angry animals and skunk spray, hay hooks
to grab cages, a web cam attached to a pvc pipe to peek into dark nests or dens and a .22 caliber pistol.