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Re: what was this tool used for
« Reply #120 on: September 05, 2014, 01:47:11 PM »
I'm thinking wool certainly possible, laundry highly unlikely. Clothes were not easy to come by in those times. Would you really want to use a device with sharp tines that has handles for leverage, to clamp down on a wad of your precious laundry potentially popping holes in all kinds of places?
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Re: what was this tool used for
« Reply #121 on: September 05, 2014, 01:52:58 PM »
Well never mind, Jeff just took the words out of my mouth (almost)  ;D.  I think you're onto something with the wool and the vat size Roxie.

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Re: what was this tool used for
« Reply #122 on: September 06, 2014, 03:06:54 PM »
Winner Winner chicken dinner!!!!  Showed the picture to my buddy today who is a antique dealer, he had no iodea!!!  Old guy that came from down south took one look at picture and said he used that for harvesting peanunts!!!!!!!!I have no reason to call him a lier!!
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Re: what was this tool used for
« Reply #123 on: September 06, 2014, 03:15:44 PM »
I could tell from the beginning this was a nut job.
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Re: what was this tool used for
« Reply #124 on: September 06, 2014, 03:25:46 PM »
I think peanuts come up with a bunch of roots so I can see a peanut picker.

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Re: what was this tool used for
« Reply #125 on: September 06, 2014, 03:54:31 PM »
I can see that. I was figuring it had to be for something fairly light weight because when you spread your arms apart to close it you couldn't lift anything real heavy.
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Re: what was this tool used for
« Reply #126 on: September 06, 2014, 04:21:10 PM »
I can see that. I was figuring it had to be for something fairly light weight because when you spread your arms apart to close it you couldn't lift anything real heavy.
By the picture I'd say it closes when the handles are closed, and Woodhauler I hear Magicman cooks a fine chicken dinner  ;)

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Re: what was this tool used for
« Reply #127 on: September 06, 2014, 04:41:26 PM »
I would still hesitate to call it that simply because of the fact that Ron Wenrich's father had them at many auctions in the north. They don't grow peanuts in the North. I grew a couple plants one time in a protected area to see how they grew. A peanut is not a root plant. The plant sends "pegs" into the soil from the blossoms. From what I learned in my experiments, that tool would be next to useless for peanuts, but if it was, you would see it all over the internet.
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« Reply #128 on: September 06, 2014, 04:55:22 PM »
I would still hesitate to call it that simply because of the fact that Ron Wenrich's father had them at many auctions in the north. They don't grow peanuts in the North. I grew a couple plants one time in a protected area to see how they grew. A peanut is not a root plant. The plant sends "pegs" into the soil from the blossoms. From what I learned in my experiments, that tool would be next to useless for peanuts, but if it was, you would see it all over the internet.
Ok boss, old reg must be a lier. Maybe they had other uses but this is what he and his family used them for. He never even had a second guess!
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Re: what was this tool used for
« Reply #129 on: September 06, 2014, 05:12:21 PM »
So why would you resort to that?  I didn't call him a liar, you did.  I had Tammy's 78 year old step dad a while back point up thirty feet in a hickory tree in his yard by the river to a ring in the bark and tell me that was from where the wire cloths line was when he was a boy. He had watched it rise as he grew up. I never called him a liar, but was he right?
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Re: what was this tool used for
« Reply #130 on: September 06, 2014, 07:14:27 PM »
I wouldn't say there were many, but they did come up on occasion.  I think its simply another tool that had many purposes.  It's like a pitch fork.  It could be used for hay, straw, peanuts, or about any other thing that you would use a fork for. 

I looked at a lot of different harvesting tools and techniques.  Nowhere was there any old pictures of the tool.  I thought maybe it was used to bundle hay or straw and wrap a piece of binder twine around it.  But, the use of thrashers or balers were around for a long time.  What I saw about peanuts is they were picked by hand, so they could shake the dirt off.  Most of the work was done by children.  They stacked them on 10' high piles, then brought in a machine for harvesting.  Did they use the tool then?  Possibly.

Another thing that was produced loose was silage.  That could be used, but I thought the tines should be closer together.  Ear corn could be picked up, as well as corn cobs after putting through a shucker.  I don't think there is any one "right" answer.
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« Reply #131 on: September 06, 2014, 07:35:02 PM »
So why would you resort to that?  I didn't call him a liar, you did.  I had Tammy's 78 year old step dad a while back point up thirty feet in a hickory tree in his yard by the river to a ring in the bark and tell me that was from where the wire cloths line was when he was a boy. He had watched it rise as he grew up. I never called him a liar, but was he right?
one show of the picture and that was his answer. he is neaR 90 YRS OLD,  no reason to ? him.
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Re: what was this tool used for
« Reply #132 on: September 06, 2014, 09:12:15 PM »
In our neck of the country around here lots of peanuts are grown and harvested. I have not seen any of these at the antique shops or any of the auctions we've attended, but I will keep my eye out for another of these. ;)
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Re: what was this tool used for
« Reply #133 on: September 07, 2014, 07:06:22 PM »
I know where there is the mate to this..I mean identical in every way except that its much bigger. has 2 chains in place of those handles..chains hooked to what ever was running it. Its way to big for a man to pick up let alone use. Its her in central lower penninsula and the guy says he bought it at a local auction.
I don't know if this helps but there was a bigger version made.
If Hay/Wheat/Straw was cut and layed flat...would a man go down rows picking it and placing it in bigger piles to be lifted up and tied up in in a shieve? I don't know the word Im looking for..that may not be the right word...upright standing corn stalk wheat straw thing....Yeah a piler for that.

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Re: what was this tool used for
« Reply #134 on: September 07, 2014, 09:05:29 PM »
Might be thinking of loose hay forks for grabbing and lifting loose hay off a wagon into a barn.
Push four individual forks down into the loose hay and the use a rope pulled by horses or tractor.

Also used to lift about 8 small hay bales with the same forks arrangement.

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http://www.progressiveforage.com/forage-production/equipment/a-bit-about-hay-carriers


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« Reply #135 on: September 07, 2014, 10:34:34 PM »
 


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« Reply #136 on: September 08, 2014, 07:38:40 PM »
....to pick up the cash payment for another custom saw job ...
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Re: what was this tool used for
« Reply #137 on: September 09, 2014, 12:03:32 AM »
Looks home made. Someone had a need and created this tool. I bet its a one of a kind original. It would be handy for picking Dungeness crab on a low tide wading out on sandbars  :laugh:
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Re: what was this tool used for
« Reply #138 on: September 10, 2014, 12:09:23 AM »
I think beenthere is on the right track..the tool I saw looked exactly like what should have been hanging off that system for loading hay up in the top of the barn..and if that's the use for the bigger example of the posted tool...why not a smaller size  used by men to handle the same product in smaller quantities?


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