I am sure not positive about any of these wild guesses:
1543. Some version of mimeograph machine. The wooden frame makes
it pre 60s or more.
1546. Looks like some way of stacking loose hay.
1548. Looks to be tail pipe expander. Does the handle look like
it has been hammer driven?
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
I was also thinking it was a tail pipe expander, though I guess it could
also be for boiler pipes as several people have mentioned. I sent an email
to the owner asking if there are any marks on the handle, I'll let everyone
know what he says when he replies.
Most of the ones used for fire hose couplings are not used with a
hammer. They are used with a press. Takes a BIG push to expand the inner
I only wish I could find a unit cheap... The average price for one
starts at 4,000.00 PLUS dies and coupling sleeves.
1544. I'm going to say mimeograph machine but it's way older than any
1546. Hay Rake?
1547. Some sort of camera.
1548. Jewelers ring expander. These are the ones I'm familiar with.
1543 Looks sorta like an oversized cigarette rolling machine, so I'll say
cigar making machine.
1544 Portable folding... push down on lever at the left to lift the fork at
the right, with no mechanical advantage.
1546 Lifts some harvested agricultural product into a collection wagon. Too
feeble for sugar cane. Probably too feeble for hay, but I'm no farmer.
What grows close to the ground and be picked up by the wire rakes? I'll
make a silly guess... Zucchini harvester. :)
1547 Japanese WWII airplane camera.
1548 Guess... Purpose is to clamp 2 steel (or other material) plates
together in, alignment, as part of a manufacturing process. Drill equal
size holes in both plates. Shove the segment pieces into the holes. Shove
the pin into the center to expand the segments, holding the plates in
alignment and clamping them together. After riveting the plates remove the
1546 is a hay loader. We used them on the farm I grew up on. The metal
and general look of this probably means it was horse drawn. And like the
ones I am familiar with, were converted to tractor drawn later in their
life. They are pulled behind a trailer or truck. You drive over the hay
that has been raked into rows. It is then scooped up and loaded onto the
trailer or truck.
And after you get to the barn, you grab big chunks of hay with any number of
"hay hooks", that have been featured in this puzzle series. :) You use your
horses or tractor to lift the hay up into the hay loft.
1543 - Ye old hand cranked single tank mimeograph machine. That one
looks to be about 1920s vintage.
1544 - instrument stand?
1545 - Maybe a keg/barrel opening tool?
1546 - loose hay/straw loader missing the wooden bed that kept the hay
from falling through the chains.
1547 - Gun camera?
1548 - 2 1/2" swaging tool. Many different uses for them. That one looks
like it may be for attaching the coupler on a fire hose.
1546 didn't have a wooden bed, the pichup teeth brought the hay up
unto the crossbars that traveled with the chains. They are close
enough to keep the hay from falling through, and the wood slats on top
keep the hay pressed down on the bars so they carry it up over the
top. These came into more use after thew advent of the "side delivery"
rake, which rolls the swathed hay left by the mowing machine into a
windrow, then you use the wagon & hayloader to straddle the windrow
and pick it up. Preferably, you have 2 men on the wagon, and the man
on the back of the wagon works about 1/3rd harder than the man in
front, because he not only has to "build" the rear half of thew load,
he has to "pass" the hay to the front man for that half of the load.
(DAMHIKT) Graduated from the kid driving the horses and hooking/
unhooking the loader to learning how to "build" a load of hay so it
binds in and doesn't fall off the wagon.
Most of the ones I have seen had a bed. I guess it may be a different
brand? Did you ever get to use the reciprocating style? One of the
locals has one and that thing looks like a mechanical nightmare in
Yeah, I've seen both types. If I recall, Uncle/s had a bed, but it was
galvanized steel, with the oscillating bars on top of the hay to walk
it up the bed.
Guess you can just call me an "Old Fart". Learned with horse drawn
mower and "dump" rake where you raked across the mower swathsand
tripped it to release the hay when the rake got full. A good operator
could make a field look almost like it had been done with a side
delivery rake, but a novice left it all over the place. When I wanted
to rake, Uncle said "sure, just one condition, you bunch and load all
you rake". I made about two passes across the field and decided that
was enough for a start. Remember, this was BEFORE the hayloader, we
had to bunch it with a pitchfork and then pick it up and put it up on
the wagon. What a difference the side delivery rake & hayloader made!
Then he got his first baler, a New Holland with a 2 cyl. Wisconsin
engine to run it. WOW! Now we just had to pick the bales up and put
them on the wagon. Of course, being "young fellers" we just had to
show off(AKA playin' graba**) a little bit and launch them across the
wagon at the guy loading from the other side.
Next big step was the bigger tractor with a PTO drive baler & bale
"tosser" that put them in a bale rack wagon. Had to drag Uncle into
the mechanical age kicking & screaming, he really liked working with
horses. Late '60s early '70s we took our three little girls to a
county fair and were looking at the antique equipment display when
oldest girl(about 10) informed us that "that isn't antique equipment,
Uncle has all that stuff on the farm".
Spent a few years on a flat deck wagon pulling bales out of a New
Holland powered by a Wisconsin 4. Being pulled by an F-20.
I wasn't around for the earlier methods... However now I help out a few
of the local Amish/Mennonites and get to play with the older stuff.
I enjoy field work but you can keep the haymow for anyone else! I HATED
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