Hay Carrier and Hay Tool Collectors Meet for Annual Show
Hay carriers and hay tools star at annual North American Hay Tool Collectors Assn show in Ohio
One of the oldest carriers displayed at the show: the Hicks Hay Elevator, manufactured in Fultonville, N.Y., with a patent date of 1867. The piece is owned by Rudy Beachy, Reedstown, Wis.
Steve Weeber, Iowa City, Iowa, displayed this Porter carrier designed for use in round barns. Note the way in which the upper saddles swivel to follow the track around the barn.
A big Goshen cross-draft carrier from the collection of John Snyder, Wadsworth, Ohio.
This Ney hay knife was marketed under the Blue Grass label for Belknap Hardware, Louisville, Ky. The NOS piece shows no sign of ever having been used.
Corkscrew-type two-prong hayfork from the collection of Gideon Troyer, Baltic, Ohio.
Close-up of the Ney label and the tag for the Belknap Blue Grass knife.
A display of a rare F.A. Bolte and Ney carriers and a fork for hay pitching apparatus from the collection of Steve Weeber. Steve showed carriers used on both wood and metal track.
An American Hay Car Co. Universal cross-draft locking and anti-reversing carrier made in Hicksville, Ohio.
A Canadian-made metal slider from the collection of Gideon Troyer.
Gideon Troyer’s display shows a Ney carrier for a wood beam track and another Ney for a cable or rod track. Both are non-reversible carriers.
Close-up of Steve Weeber’s display attribution.
A Ney store display rack with removable carrier and track arrangements allowing display of varied carriers. From the collection of Jim Gray, Lenox, Mich.
This carrier, made by A.J. Cross, Long Island, N.Y., is similar to the Hicks Hay Elevator. The piece is owned by Jerry Kamp, Ashland, Ohio.
A Sprout Wood Slider from the collection of Gideon Troyer. Farmers were said to spread lard on the track to make the carrier slide more easily.
A very fine original sign for Myers Pumps Sales & Service from the collection of Dale Smithhisler, Ashland, Ohio.
F.E. Myers store display rack with a Cloverleaf carrier from the collection of Dale Smithhisler.
A short section of track shown in place in the U.S. Wind Pump Engine Co. carrier.
The top selling hay carrier at the NAHTCA auction was this U.S. Wind Engine & Pump Co. carrier manufactured in Batavia, Ill. Patented April 4, 1878, it runs on a 2-by-4-inch wood track positioned vertically and topped with a cast iron rail. The carrier has a set of three rollers on each top side to roll on the track and an idler wheel under the track to keep it in position. It was purchased by Dennis McGrew, Lawrence, Mich.