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The Buck Rake, Wind Stackers, and Field Chopper in Use

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The Buck Rake, Wind Stackers, and Field Chopper in Use


Vermont Agricultural Experiment Station.


Carter, Robert McCrillis, 1902-

Published: October 19, 2008,  


This film is one of three produced In the 1940’s by Robert M. Carter and the University of Vermont Agricultural Expriment Station, as part of a study of hay harvesting techniques and costs in Vermont. This film documents use of the buck rake, wind stalkers, and field chopper.Preservation and digitization of this film was made possible through a generous grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation.University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections

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Original version: 16mm film, Special Collections, University of Vermont

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Digital Format: moving image/mpeg4



Time period: 1940's

Format: moving image


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The Buck Rake, Wind Stackers, and Field Chopper in Use, Original version: 16mm film, Special Collections, University of Vermont, Special Collections, University of Vermont Library, (accessed January 20, 2018)


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fantastic. what a beautiful site.raised on a farm and never saw this .but we raised cotton.thanks. Be-Ge.

- Guest

Thank you for this video. I have been reading a number of books about the life in the Cariboo, B.C. Canada and ranchers often refer to the buck rake. My 94 year old cousins tried to explain the method in way the buck rake was used with horses. She had a few photos but your video explained it thoroughly.

- Guest

Buck rake -- from field to barn, sometimes a long trip! I can see why the wind stackers were attractive. And also why they didn't last long. Seems maybe the field chopper destroyed nutrients?

- Guest

Dear CDI Users: To learn more on this subject, listen to Lucien Paquette's narrated version of this film. Paquette, a retired UVM Extension faculty member, was interviewed by UVM Extension Annual Fund Officer Kurt Reichelt on January 21, 2010 in Middlebury, VT. The narrated "Buck Rake, Wind Stackers, and Field Chopper in Use" video is available online at Enjoy! -- Robin M. Katz, CDI Outreach Librarian

- Guest

I was looking for a way to collect hay (mulch hay),economically, on my small produce farm. The buck rake , after seeing it in this informitive film , looks like the choice for our operation. It should be easy enough to build, also maintain. Thankyou

- Brian Pinski,

During WWII my Dad Made a buck rake on the back of a Model A Ford because Tractors were not readily available. We Shocked the hay with a trip rake then he backed the buckrake into the shocks untill the rake was loaded. Then rased the rake and headed into the hay stack area. It was much faster than the ones on Tractors. We farmed in S. Central Idaho.

- Al Owens

We used the old buck rake with the horses when I was growing up and also the horse drawn mower and used the A frame over shot staker. to put the hay in a stack. I live in Mountain View Wyoming

- Donald J Carpenter