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 Its design featured improvements like low-friction roller bearings, but within ten years it was superseded by more modern self-tying pick-up balers that could be towed behind a tractor.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.

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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)

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