Four-man hay baler and manual stacking with hay hooks kept farm boys hopping.
Several loads of hay ready to be unloaded on the Boblenz farm.
Loading hay with a standard-length bale hook.
A seven-inch “Stubby” bale hook.
Baling with a McCormick-Deering four-man baler.
Back to the past: Fifty years later, the author revisits his boyhood job – poking wires on a four-man baler – during a 2007 show at New Haven, Ind. At the show, the John Deere unit was used as a stationary baler, with only the tractor driver’s position vacant.
A front view of the John Deere baler with pick-up attachment at the New Haven show.
From top, 14-inch hook, 18-inch hook and the special T-handle 24-inch hook made to pull bales off the wagon. It was not used for loading or bucking bales.
Jerry Boblenz’s 14-inch hook next to his 18-inch hook.
A standard D-handle bale hook compared to the Boblenz boys’ 14-inch hook.
The author demonstrates bale handling with his extra-long bale hook.