Celebrating Hay Tools

Collectors gather for the first-ever Hay Tool Swap Meet and Show.

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Brakes weren’t always standard equipment. A hundred years ago, they were often regarded as an expensive option. This device – permanently installed on a wagon – was an inexpensive alternative. At the bottom of a hill, it would have been released to drag on the ground. When horses pulling the wagon up a hill stopped to rest, the weight of the wagon would have shoved this brace into the ground, preventing the wagon from rolling and giving the team a break.