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Help Identifying Old Farm Equipment

I recently volunteered at a local museum (Poquoson, VA) to research the origins of some old farm equipment that they received as donations. The equipment is in "as is" condition and may not be complete.

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I've taken several photographs of what I think is a harvester (from different angles) and am unable to locate any manufacturing marks or model numbers on the unit due to its condition.

I'd be most appreciative of any assistance that I can get, in regard to identifying this particular piece of equipment:

1. Who manufactured it?
2. When was it manufactured?
3. What did it cost?
4. How was it used?

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December 5, 20201 found this helpful

I think what you have here is an old wind-row hay rake. It would have been hauled through a hay field, where the cut and dry hay would be raked into a long wind-row, to make it easier for the baler machine to pick up the gathered hay and bale it into rectangle bales, or prior to baling machines, for the farmer to hand-fork the hay into wagons. Very neat old piece of typical farm machinery.

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December 5, 20201 found this helpful

Here is a link to this piece of farm equipment:
smallfarmersjournal.com/.../
and another site:
www.hobbyfarms.com/.../
another site:
www.yesterdaystractors.com/.../viewit.cgi?bd=jd&th=456197
and here's a photo:
www.pinterest.com/.../

I hope this helps answer your questions. Good luck and stay healthy.

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December 6, 20200 found this helpful

Thanks for the quick reply. I really appreciate the help.

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December 5, 20200 found this helpful

I believe this may be the easiest piece of farm equipment we've been asked to help identify.
I believe your picture is of a #594 John Deere hay rake but these were also make by other companies so I may be wrong on that; it seems the actual years of production was from 1945 - 1952 (I could not narrow it down any closer since different years were stated on each site).
I have not found anything about original cost as the only ones I found were from those years and just regular people/farmers owned them.
There is a lot of information available online but mostly just from owners asking questions.

I did like this very short YouTube video of a machine in action:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVkXyy4-WvY

here is an excellent article:
smallfarmersjournal.com/.../

As to the answers to your questions you may be able to contact the John Deere Museum and let them verify that your pictures are of this model.
www.deere.com/.../
www.deere.com/.../world-headquarters

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December 6, 20200 found this helpful

Once again, thank you one and all for sharing your considerable expertise with me. I may need additional help in the near future.

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December 7, 20200 found this helpful

This is a large farm Hay Raker - it is used to cut down Hay , making it ready for collection. - www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2mPnAjOQ4A - Also more pictures of this vintage Har Raker Machine - www.bing.com/.../search?q=pictures+of+vintage+hay....

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