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Forum topic by yag113 posted 11-15-2013 06:20 PM 2091 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-15-2013 06:20 PM

The hay baler tools I’m familiar with are bigger than this. This one is only 3 inches from handle to tip of hook. Any thoughts?

I’m going through old tools in my garage….. more posts will be coming soon!

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#1 posted 11-15-2013 07:16 PM

It looks like a hay hook used to grab the bailing wire on a hay bale. We didn’t get to use tools like this however, we just got to develop sone gnarly calouses.

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#2 posted 11-15-2013 11:31 PM

Maybe it was used in an Ice House?
But just wait a minute, and redsled will be here to tell you the NORWEGIAN history of this fascinating device :-)

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#3 posted 11-16-2013 04:37 PM

I considered ice and also meat?? ice house/slaughterhouse? Looking forward to the Norwegian use~!

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#4 posted 11-16-2013 04:43 PM

meat hooks look just like hay hooks, so how would you be able to tell? I guess you could lick it. If it tastes like hay it’s a hay hook, if you get salmonella it’s a meat hook.

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#5 posted 11-16-2013 05:43 PM

It’s a hay hook; and like Richard, I didn’t get to use one either.

These should be posted in the hand tools forum.

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#6 posted 11-16-2013 05:49 PM

Not sure about the hay hook thing.
I used them a bunch in the day. Some had wooden handles and some were formed from one piece of iron.
The wooden handles were symmetrically sized, unlike the one shown. That one wouldn’t be handy to use, I’d think.
All I used had longer shanks with a larger diameter hook.
Because of the handle, it seems to me that it may have been used in a lateral motion as opposed to the over the head and down motion used to grab a bale off the ground.
Possibly a meat hook to move carcasses along an overhead track?

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#7 posted 11-16-2013 08:48 PM

Not sure what it is, never got to use them for hay, meat or handling lumber. Still remember buying a bottle of
tincture of benzoin at the beginning of every summer to help toughen up the hands after 9 months of getting
soft going to school.

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#8 posted 11-16-2013 09:29 PM

Maybe half the handle broke off.

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#9 posted 11-16-2013 09:33 PM

Obviously it belongs to Captain Hook! That’s what my granddaughter said!

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#10 posted 11-17-2013 06:36 PM

I love this forum! First of all, yes, it’s tiny, but half the handle is not broken off. I’d tend to go with what anyone’s grandfather said…. but having said that, still not sure. The hay ones, as someone who actually used them pointed out were longer… this thing is tiny, 3 inches…

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#11 posted 11-17-2013 06:54 PM

Looks too small for any hay hook I have ever seen. They didn’t use hooks on the old wire tie balers where 2 guys sat on the back an tied the wires by hand.

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#12 posted 11-17-2013 10:31 PM

How is the hook embedded in the handle? The hook point and stubby side of the handle both look like home jobs.

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#13 posted 11-18-2013 12:08 AM

I obviously wasn’t paying attention to how small you said. It being only three inches I retract my statement of hay hook.

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#14 posted 11-18-2013 12:15 AM

Made to grab/steer large crates off loaded by cranes.
Sometimes necessary to guide or arrest the twisting of the load.
Ever see a placard on a crate or pallet that said “NO HOOKS”?

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#15 posted 11-18-2013 12:38 AM

looks like a meat hook used in processing meat. I think all of them today are stainless but years ago they wouldn’t have been. the hook isn’t brought around as far so it is easy to remove and doesn’t damage as much product. when the carcass comes out of the chiller it makes it easy to get a grip on it as it is turned different ways for cutting. kind of a three finger grip index on the short side, some used both the middle and ring on the other side and some used the middle finger down the shank to be able to sink it with more control. I packed for Armor meat when they were in St. Paul Mn Used a much smaller version for removing toenails. In the winter they had a tendency to stay on after scalding. in the summer they fell of in the de-hairing tumbler.

I hated wire tied bales! the hooks for these were really small and short so you could stick your thumb into the bale to keep the hook from sliding one way or the other on the wire. But they did have a short end on the handles and came in lefts and rights. this looks a little big for that operation. we just learned to grab the hay like a handle between the wires, made for lots of hangnails and like Richard said, tough hands!

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