Kirchner Haysweep and Stacker
The Kirchner Haysweep and Stacker was field tested
for several years before it was finally patented.
The haysweep and stacker was essentially connected
triangular frames mounted on an axle and connected to a tractor by a
hitch. The innovation of the mechanism was in its ability to both
collect and stack loose hay in a larger pile. The hay was collected by a
sweep, and loaded on to a stacking fork.
A cable lifting mechanism, connected to a clutch
drive powered by the movement of the front wheels, enabled the farmer to
lift the fork full of loose hay into a barn or other storage area. The
lifting mechanism also included a system to keep the fork level while
lifting a load of hay, and the farmer could also use a trip lever to
lower the fork for unloading the hay.
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