Mechanization Meets Haymow: Hayfork Pulley Systems
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Using a grapple fork to put hay through the gable hay door on an end-hoist barn.
From a F.E. Myers & Bro. Company catalog, circa 1900
A 3-pulley hayfork carrier for wooden track. The large knot above the right pulley holds the draft rope to the carrier. The lighter pull-back rope is tied to the knot and if knot-passing draft pulleys are used, the pull-back rope can be used to pull the draft rope back through the carrier to reverse the direction of operation. The trip block is bolted to the bottom of the track at the right of the carrier.
From a 1936 F.E. Myers & Bro. Company catalog
Diagram of how hayfork pulley systems were rigged. This example shows a typical hayfork installation in a center drive barn. Read a step-by-step process: “How to Rig Barn Pulleys: Setting Up a Hayfork Pulley System.”
A track end stop and the trip block for a hay carrier.
From a 1916 Louden Machinery Company catalog
A typical 2-pulley hayfork carrier. The end of the draft rope is knotted firmly into the left side of the carrier before passing down around the lower pulley, to which the fork is attached, and back up and over the right carrier pulley. This carrier can be swiveled to operate in the opposite direction.