New Idea Hay Loader a Big Hit

New Idea hay loader is breath of fresh air at Minnesota old iron show


| May 2013



Hay Loader

Hay loaders of this type were pulled by horses or a tractor trailed by a hay wagon. Workers forked hay onto the rack until the wagon was filled.

Photo Courtesy Bill Vossler

Glenn Holicky became an old iron collector when he was in his 20s. But his love of old machinery began when he was just a child. “Dad bought a new Massey-Harris combine when I was 7, and I was just amazed by that machine,” he says. “He’d get into the field with it and after a while he’d say, ‘If we could keep the combine moving all the time, we could make up a lot of time during the day,’ because it took at least five minutes to stop, unload and get going again each time the hopper was full.”

His solution was to have Glenn drive a Massey Ferguson 35 tractor with a wagon alongside the combine when the hopper got full. “I was so excited to drive alongside the combine under the unload spout while the grain was unloaded,” Glenn recalls. “I was proud and amazed by the combine and it just grew on me. I couldn’t wait for school to get out and the grain to turn yellow so I could help with the harvest.”

That fervor burns bright today: Glenn has a complete collection of every Massey-Harris self-propelled combine ever made, except the original one his father had. “He traded it in on a larger one, and years later I looked for that old combine but I couldn’t find it,” Glenn says. “But I do have one of the scale models.”

Show sensation

When Glenn started collecting old machinery, he wanted something different – so he started collecting old combines. Remembering the equipment he grew up with, his first choice was Massey-Harris. But a New Idea hay loader slipped in almost by chance.

Ten years ago, Glenn and his father-in-law, Bob Riebel, were at a farm south of Lake Washington, Minn., with two trucks and trailers, loading machinery Bob had bought. “We hadn’t gone there for the hay loader, but that was part of the deal,” Glenn says. “The guy wanted us to take it so everything would be cleaned up.”

The New Idea languished in a shed for six years until Glenn gave it a second look. Looking for new ways to liven up demonstrations at the Le Sueur County (Minn.) Pioneer Power Show, he remembered the piece in the shed. “I figured a lot of the kids in the 20-to-30-year-old age range had never seen anything like this,” he says. “So we loaded it up five years ago and took it over to the show grounds and started using it.”