History of the Hay Press

The mechanical hay press made loose-hay transportation a thing of the past.

Ed Nolt Field Pick-Up Baler
Ed Nolt built about 35 copies of his field pick-up, self-tying hay baler in a shop near Kinzers, Pa., before he sold the design to New Holland. Note that it still fed hay into the top of the chamber and used an overhead plunger much like those on early hay presses.
Courtesy New Holland