The Columbia Baler (from a June 1904 ad in The American Thresherman) was said capable of baling 50 tons in 10 hours.
A belt-powered Case hay press on the job at an Indiana show.
Implement collectors Duane and Pat Junck.
This wooden hay press, which is actually stamped with the word baler, is typical of the earliest equipment used to form hay bales. Many shapes and sizes of presses were developed; many were homemade on the farm. The metal screw on top was used to compress the hay. A door on the front allowed access to the bale, which was secured with wire when it reached the desired size.
Plans for an early homemade hay press.
A John Deere-Dain press powered by its own gas engine.
The McCormick-Deering stationary baler, ready to hit the road.
The McCormick-Deering stationary baler.
This hay press is powered by draft mules walking in a circle, pulling a sweep-arm drive.
Powered by draft animals, this small hay press was demonstrated at an American Thresherman Assn. show at Pinckneyville, Ill.