Thursday, August 8, 2013

The "Hay Pusher" and thoughts on hand tools

Now this is amazing:

I've never worked a large acreage or hayed a field, so I can't comment much on how this compares to other methods... I just have to remark that I'm impressed as heck by how she's gathering the hay together.

I'm not a gadget guy. I love hand tools, and I love seeing what can be done with human power. Hoes, sickles, machetes, pitchforks, knives, hatchets... those are my kind of tools.


I can't tell you how many times I've fought with my lawnmower. Or weedeater (which is now retired in favor of a scythe). Or my tiller. (Don't get me started on the tiller...)

If everything collapsed, it would be really good to know you could still feed yourself and your animals. Learn to work with hand tools - and learn to love hard work. There's a goodness in it that you don't get from machines.

(Except for Dewalt drills. I have one of those and it's unbefreaklievable cool.)

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At August 8, 2013 at 3:58 PM , Blogger Michael Robinson said...

It also helps that she's hot as hell...

At August 8, 2013 at 4:13 PM , Blogger rycamor said...

Heh... I had to click through some of the related videos on scythes and other farming handtools. You notice right away that anyone doing that kind of work is fit as a fiddle. One ponders... perhaps the great advancements of our technological, mechanized society are sowing the seeds of our own downfall.

Irony: the modern suburban man will spend $2000 on a riding mower and another $500 on a weedeater and edger to keep his land under control, and then will go spend another $2500 for an exercise machine and a treadmill to keep from getting flabby.

But yes, do not take my Milwaukee cordless drill and Sawzall. Sorry, some things are non-negotiable.

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