Strange Harrow ! Any ideas ?

A friend rescued these harrows from going in a skip, but we’ve never seen any like this before. Zig zag frames are common, but these are just straight. There are hinges in the middle to join them together, and two small rings for towing, on the front and rear, but they’re offset. The tines don’t show a significant amount of wear, so don’t give an indication of which way they were pulled.
Or are they harrows, or something just made like harrows, but do another job ?


Hay rake for pulling by a horse. The two rakes hinge together and one folds back on the other. In that position the rings line up for pulling square. Collect hay until rake full then tip over top rake and fold over bottom rake leaving hay in a pile then repeat. Follow round with hay cart and fork piles onto cart.


Usually run with a spreader bar pulled by chains. Some here were 10 to 15 feet wide With several harrows joined side by side using chain links. Originally horse drawn but later on used by popping John’s. Great tool for dragging scutch round.:(
They were saddle harrows for weed control in potatoes, short tines, to work the top of the drill.
Paddy harrows we called them knock them down with paddy harrows for weed control then drill them back up with drill Plough once plant peeped through, maybe drill them up again once or twice for weed control until canopy took over seemed to be fairly effective for little cost. Destoners came along and made that simple process difficult
The saddle harrows were used when the weeds emerged to knock them back, the drills would then have been grubbed before hand hoeing between plants. Then they were drilled up, and what we termed as sunk before the spuds met in the drill.

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...