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Posted June 13, 2012 - 02:29 PM

Dad asked me if I had any idea what these were used for. They are a piar of hand opperated rope lifts about 12' apart up above the feeding area of the barn. The barn was designed with a small milking parlor off to the other side of the barn. You can see the handle that I turned a little bit in 2 of the pictures.

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Posted June 13, 2012 - 02:38 PM

Look like they had a hay fork in there for feeding. Is there a steel track or places where one mounted at the peak. It possibly was just a pulley. But usually they were on tracks.

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Posted June 13, 2012 - 03:26 PM

Look like they had a hay fork in there for feeding. Is there a steel track or places where one mounted at the peak. It possibly was just a pulley. But usually they were on tracks.


Alan, There is a hay lift in the main part of the barn with the forks still up there. I have used them before in the past. These are over in the lean to part of the barn. and it's open to the ground, not over the hay loft.
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Posted June 13, 2012 - 04:42 PM

If they are for a specific job, Daniel might now since you say it was a milking parlor. I have no idea what it is!

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Posted June 13, 2012 - 06:04 PM

If they are for a specific job, Daniel might now since you say it was a milking parlor. I have no idea what it is!


Ryan, I've looked at it over & over, but I have no idea!

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Posted June 13, 2012 - 06:47 PM

That small crank couldn't lift much weight IMO.

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Posted June 13, 2012 - 08:25 PM

The axle log is made from a 4X4 hand hued to round.

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Posted June 13, 2012 - 10:02 PM

Any hogs on the farm at one time? Could they have been used to raise an animal for slaughter?

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Posted June 13, 2012 - 10:45 PM

I've never seen anything like that either. At first I thought it might me to keep a cow raised in a sling if she was down sick but it doesn't look like you could get enough leverage to pick one up.

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Posted June 14, 2012 - 06:29 AM

Alan, There is a hay lift in the main part of the barn with the forks still up there. I have used them before in the past. These are over in the lean to part of the barn. and it's open to the ground, not over the hay loft.


OK, next guess, were there any hinged openings (read: windows) for ventilation in the barn? Something these could be used to open?

Side note... Brian, if the forks are still up there, what is the condition of the rope? Last thing you want is for those things to come down. Even if they're locked in the trolley, someone playing around could bump the release.

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Posted June 14, 2012 - 09:55 AM

Any hogs on the farm at one time? Could they have been used to raise an animal for slaughter?


This place was built in 1887 and they raised everything here. If you look out over pasture, that was virgin woods that they cut the lumber for the house and barn from.

i thought the same thing about using them for slaughter.

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Posted June 14, 2012 - 10:04 AM

I would guess some kind of winch as well. Have never seen them before though.

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Posted June 14, 2012 - 11:12 AM

Ok, I think I got it! They put that in there so that a future owner would see them and go crazy thinking about what they were for. Then post onto some new world wide communication machine and make even more people wonder. How could you guys have missed it?
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Posted June 14, 2012 - 03:08 PM

Any hogs on the farm at one time? Could they have been used to raise an animal for slaughter?


I was thinking the same thing. We had a block & tackle hangin from the peak of the barn and many a hog or steer were hoisted on a triple tree.

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Posted June 14, 2012 - 03:21 PM

Ok, I think I got it! They put that in there so that a future owner would see them and go crazy thinking about what they were for. Then post onto some new world wide communication machine and make even more people wonder. How could you guys have missed it?


Yeah, what he said.
You don't live near a jail do you? And there's not a platform with a trap door underneath?

Don't mind, me. I'm just and idiot. Though I'd vote for an animal winch as well. If not for slaughter, then perhaps for skinning.




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