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'Tedding' hay
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Tom A    Posted 07-02-2001 at 06:35:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Another city-boy-who's-trying-to-learn-farming question:

I really need a hay tedder, but can't afford one right now. Is there any other way to stir up hay on the ground, like maybe adjusting my old side delivery rake?

Wife and I used hand rakes on a few acres in 95 degree heat to apart some too-thick windrows so they'd dry...ain't doin' that again. But there must be a better way?

thanks for y'alls help,

Gary    Posted 02-04-2002 at 10:29:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
About 27 years ago when I first moved to the "country" I used an old bushhog with the discharge side panel removed. It did an acceptable job of stirring it up enough to dry. Several years later I graduated to an old PZ fluffer that I got for nothing and fixed well enough to work for many more years. Finally this year I'm gonna buy a new one since I've been able to acquire more up to date equipment and more acerage. Can't wait for summer.

Canadian Cowboy    Posted 07-03-2001 at 20:37:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Instead of searching for a tedder look for a cheap sickle mower for cutting the stand of hay,

I asume you are windrowing your hay with a swather or mower conditioner. A sickle mower just slices the hay off and drops it flat on the ground, then you rake later after it dries in few hours into windrows.

Around here you can pick up sickle mower's dirt cheap compared to tedders,

Just a thought

JoeK    Posted 07-02-2001 at 08:54:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Some of the old rakes had a "tedder" setting along with"in and out of gear".Otherwise you can reroll the drying windrows with the rake.Raking the outside two into one,then rolling each one width over.

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