Actually, the idea of a "stationary baler" such as this homemade hay baler isn't new, many farms formerly had such devices.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF
Amateur haying can be quite effective. One of us, in fact, made a ton of hay in a single long working day just by hand raking cured grass and packing it in a homemade gadget that cost practically nothing and operated very well
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