When I was young, there was a lot of this old type of farm equipment abandoned in yards around my home. I was always fascinated with the machinery. Now that I am old, I am more interested than ever, but I am determined to identify what it is and how it was used. This is a mechanical hay loader. There are rakes on the front to pick up the mown hay and then there was a conveyor mechanism that moved the hay up and over onto the hay wagon.