Dad's second installment, as promised about the Haymobile, in talking I have leaned there are a few more items I may need to grab photos of before they are gone, and also I need to dig in my treasures, because somewhere I have a copy of one of the photos from the news article written so many years ago about my family and their innovations! I have linked a couple of titles to the Overshot, and Jahyhawk stacker and for those who do not know what an Erector set is . and forgive me I do not know much about mechanical so I also linked to what a camber and towin is .
Getting back to my first post about the haymobile well, it may not be the first loader of it's kind it was the first one in our area in my first post I talked about Overshot stackers and Jayhawk stackers there is much info about these on the internet information the first Jayhawk stacker dates back to around 1915 The Overshot stacker, many years before that.The first Jayhawk stacker was a breakthrough as it could sweep the hay then lift it up onto the stack. The first Jayhawk used horses, one on each side to push the stacker and by ground drive lift the stacker up and dump the load. Later models had rubber tires instead of steel wheels and hooked to the front end of a tractor or pick up truck, we had a rubber tire unit.
By steering from the rear it did not have a problem with the sweep going over the windrow like other sweeps and loaders. This was one of the reasons we made the Haymobile with steering at the rear, and wide stance drive axle at the front for stability and traction. We had already made several hydraulic loaders on tractors The Haymobile lifted larger loads higher, about 24 ft with a live hydraulic systems, and a larger pump it also had a self-leveling system which kept the sweep level as the load lifted.I believe this was the first self-leveling loader ever built!
I first built the loader with an erector set to figure out where to place the pulley cables and hydraulic cylinders to make the stacker self-leveling.
The basic Haymobile was built on a 1947 three-ton truck, we turned the cab around, mounted hydraulic controls in the cab. We then turned the drive axle upside down which changed the direction the Haymobile went in the forward and reverse gears. We changed the camber on the steering axles and reset the towin so the Haymobile could travel at speeds up to 45 mph safely.
We also built a bucket for dumping concrete into forms for building basements, and our all concrete barn, concrete pads etc.
After we quit using loose hay ,we used the unit to lift up to 30 bales at a time onto our large trucks and trailers . One of the safety features of the unit, because the loader was so far in front of the cab, you had a full view of the load even when the loader was that it's full height.
We used Haymobile for many years due to its extra strength and stability even at high speeds. My two older brothers Albert and Bud did most of the cutting and welding, Dad, a lot of the design. Bill and I some of the cutting and welding. Bill was the prime driver but I also drove unit many hours.
My next installment is about something we called "The Thing"
There you go folks ! #2 is out and we eagerly await the story of "The Thing
Thanks again Dad for sharing this!
Of note, my dad (Ron ), and his brother Bill were in their early teens when this was built! Albert and Bud still very young men as well. Amazing to think of the type of hard working youngsters they were in light of how things are today . A different time and generation for sure.
Until next time stay safe my friends!