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Just saw one for the first time hanging on the wall of a friend. Looks a lot like an ice saw. How was it used?? What did it cut? Bales?

Koty says 2018-05-21 19:03:05 (CST)

I found this today. Does it sound correct??

In the early days the grass (green) was cut with a mower, or scythe prior to that, it was then left to dry in the field, some would fork the loose hay (dry) into piles to be taken home later. With mechanization the hay (dry) was raked & then pitched onto a wagon to be hauled home, then it was pitched into the loft or stack again with the fork. The only time the hay saw or hay knife was used was for retrieving the feed from the stack, when it was too packed to pull out with a fork.

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Dusty 4R says 2018-05-22 08:26:27 (CST)

The hay saw was used to cut the loose stacked hay in the winter, in our parts of the country anyways. I was waiting for someone else to chime in. ?

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K.C. Fox says 2018-05-26 22:19:24 (CST)

I have 2 hay saws but we never used them, they do look like A ice saw

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So. Oh. Bill says 2018-05-30 22:32:46 (CST)

I grew up on the river hills of south western Ohio on a dairy farm . Our hay was put into the top lofts loose and piled up to about fifteen feet or more deep. As a young kid I watched my dad cut a four foot slice from one side to the other using a hay knife. He would fork that loose hay down to the main floor to be fed to Jersey cattle and Percheron horses. As the level of the cut would drop down , He would start another cut across the barn to create a stair step effect. It worked very well on loose hay. Who knows it may even work on some seller round bales, But not on feeder bales, They are always have a lot more hay in them !!!!

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