Hay Tedder (Hay Rake) - Gasconade County, MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 38° 13.124 W 091° 34.818
15S E 624277 N 4231037
Quick Description: Out somewhere near Red Bird, is this hay tedder, or horse drown Hay Rake.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 5/28/2021 6:17:58 AM
Waymark Code: WM14A4M
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
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Long Description:

County of display: Gasconade County
Location of display: Schneider Rd.(CR-633), W. of BEM, N. of Red Bird

"This John Deere 594 could be 75 years old but it still serves admirably thanks to simple design, ease of use and the fact that it just plain works.

"Our 594 came with the farm. Its “John Deere Green” paint wore off long ago (it’s more of a “rusty brown” color these days. But that doesn’t affect its performance, which is hard to complain about.

"Dating back to at least the 1950s if not earlier—this model was manufactured for many years—the 594 is described as a “side delivery” rake and differs from other rakes. It has two large steel driving wheels at the front and two smaller wheels at the back. The rake is supported entirely by its own wheels and doesn’t require a tractor to hold up the front end. This is understandable because parts were available that would change the tractor hitch into a horse hitch (complete with the addition of a seat for the driver), and having the rake support itself would have taken an unnecessary strain off the horses pulling the rake.

"Of course, there are some elements of the 594 that could be a little bit better. Its steel wheels don’t grip very well on mild slopes. And it occasionally has trouble raking through the thickest sections of hay. But for a rake that could very well be closing in on 75 years old, it’s performing admirably. It is a valuable piece of our hay-making collection.

"It’s also tough enough and simple enough that on the rare occasion when it does have an issue, it’s relatively easy to fix. One summer, the tongue broke in half the day before a major day of haying. Fortunately, one of our friends came to the rescue with his welding equipment. We worked into the night to repair the rake in time for the following morning. The weld worked perfectly, the rake did its job, and it continues to serve us well.

"On a humorous note, I was recently walking through the back woods on our farm, exploring one of the large rock piles left behind from clearing the fields many years ago, and I stumbled across a large pile of broken rake tines for the 594. They had evidently been deposited there years ago by the previous owner of the farm. That’s further evidence (if any was needed) of the hard work that our rake has performed for decades." ~ Hobby Farms

Use or Purpose of Equipment: Raking hay into rows to bale and also lifting hay to dry faster and more even

Approximate age: 75 - 100

Manufacturer and model: John Deere Moel 594

Still in Use?: No

Another small garden to display the equipment, also near a driveway.

Fee for Access: no

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