Hay Press Helped Farmers Meet Market Demands

Mechanizing the Farm: Part 3 of 3

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.