Rake Development Spurred by Mower Technology

Mechanizing the Farm: Part 2 of 3

Dump rakes such as this one were generally drawn by a team of horses and consisted of a series of teeth set 4 inches apart between two wheels. A lever was used to dump the hay at a given spot as horses pulled the rake across the field. That allowed the farmer to gather and dump the hay in rows so two men (one on each side) could fork it onto a wagon after the hay had cured.