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Hay Press - International Harvester Co, 'McCormick-Deering', GL-115, Geelong, Victoria, circa 1945 Object Reg. No: ST 026110

Portable hay baling press manufactured by International Harvester Co., about 1945. "McCormick-Deering" brand. This hay press was built at the International Harvester factory in North Geelong just after World War II. Its design featured improvements like low-friction roller bearings, but within ten years it was superseded by more modern self-tying pick-up balers that could be towed behind a tractor. One person could then bale as much hay in few hours, as it took five men all day with this machine.

The introduction of power-driven hay presses, or hay balers, in the early 1900s revolutionised Australian farming practices, making it far easier to handle, store and transport fodder for stock feed.
Machine Type: belt-drive power hay press (or hay baler)
Model Number: GL-115
Serial Number: 355
Date Built: about 1945
Power-Rating: 3-5 h.p. (2.2-3.7 kW)
Bale Size: 16 inch x 18 inch (41 cm x 46 cm)
Bale Weight: 65 to 100 lbs (29.5 to 45.4 kg)
Press Output: 1 to 1½ tons per hour (35 bales per hour)
Machine Weight: 2520 lbs (1143 kg)
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Dr P. Lang, 1967
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 160 cm (Height), 160 cm (Width), 480 cm (Length)
Weight: 1143 kg (Weight)

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Tagged with: agricultural machinery, hay making equipment
Themes this item is part of: Engineering Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Crop Management - Harvesting
Tertiary Classification: hay presses
Model Name/Number: GL-115
Manufacturer: International Harvester Co of Australia Pty Ltd (IHC), Geelong North, Victoria, Australia, circa 1945

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