We ran across this abandoned horse-drawn side delivery rake while walking the trails at McCloud Nature Park. I did a bit of research – invented in 1894, the side delivery rake gave a huge assist to farmers harvesting hay. By 1918, tractor-drawn versions had replaced the horse-drawn versions in most markets. I do not know if this particular rake dates back to the turn of the 20th century, but it has sat here for a long time.
The odd-ball thing about this rake: a 12-inch diameter walnut tree has grown up between two rails to the extent that the bark has enveloped some of the steel! If it existed at all, any manufacturer’s plate has dissolved into rust. If you want to remove this rake you have two choices: disassemble the rake and unwrap it from the tree trunk (and parts will probably crumble as you handle them) or cut down the tree (which gets in trouble with the park manager.)
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