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Dump rake, Monticello, ca. 1910

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MMN Item 13679 Item Details
Dump rake, Monticello, ca. 1910
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Description

This dump rake, located one mile north of Monticello on Route One, was originally designed to be pulled by horses but was later adapted to be pulled by a tractor.

A dump rake was so called because after raking the hay for a short distance, a lever operated mechanism raised the rake tines to "dump" the hay. The rake was pulled back and forth across a field and on each pass the hay was pulled into line with previously dumped piles making a windrow.

After the field was raked into windrows, the dump rake was pulled down along a windrow dumping the hay into piles along the way. These piles were later loaded onto hay wagons and taken to storage.

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