Emery's Hay Press

Emery's Hay-press, for compressing hay into bales for distant conveyance The hay is thrown into a space in a strong box by opening the top doors, and when trodden down, the doors are closed and secured by buttoning down the cross-bars. Horse- power is than applied to chains, which draw down the raised levers, operating on a knee-joint, and compressing the hay into a small and compact mass, the greatest force being given when most needed, at the termination of the pressure. Slide-doors are then thrown open, and the hay secured by bands and taken out. Two hundred and fifty pounds of hay may be thus reduced to a space of sixteen cubic feet, or a little more than half a cubic yard, by a single horse; and several tons may be pressed in a day.

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Farm Implements and Farm Machinery,
and the Principles of their Construction and Use:
By John J Thomas
Published in 1860
Available from books.google.com

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