Farm implement/tool

Warrington

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A little long. Inspired by Brad Martin YouTube videos, and living on a colonial era farm, I decided to get started. When I was a kid, well before I owned this place, I knew the old codger who farmed it back at the turn of the last century. He displayed a cannonball he found in the fields. So, I have left sensitivity at "all metals". In two passes around the yard, avoiding the house and barn, I've accumulated about 20 pounds of iron. My question, not to mention horse shoes, I have found several metal triangles, about 2.5" to the side, and pierced by two holes (picture attached) I assume these have to do with farming. Any ideas? (sorry picture won't upload, try again another time)

About the cannon ball. So far as I know there were no Revolutionary War engagements hereabouts. Although there is a Colonial era powder house about a crow's mile away. Any ideas? I recall it about 3" in diameter.

PS. I understand the place was actively farmed, although diminished in area, until the 1920's.
 

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Yes, i have dug hundreds of these aweful things. They always sound like a sketchy mixed iron/large relic tone though, so I gotta dig em.
 

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Fat nailed it.

Sickle bar mowers have been in use for a long time. Some of the antique farm shows still showcase the old horse-drawn sickle mowers. Most commonly associated with cutting hay, but variations have been used on other implements as well. Not as common as they once were, but sickle bar mowers are still readily available and used today. Replacing the teeth/blades was a common maintenance task so they are frequently found on old farm properties.
 
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Warrington

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I'm buying the explanations offered. They were found near the horse barn, as opposed to the cow barn. I assume that is the area where machinery maintenance would have been done.
 

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A little long. Inspired by Brad Martin YouTube videos, and living on a colonial era farm...
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They are sickle bar blades for sickle mower, for cutting hay. I still use one and have new blades right here in box...lol I've found many of our old ones over time, and just put them in a bucket to throw away.
 

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We use a torch and cut a hole in middle for a big nail or a 1/2 inch lag screw. On corner post install 3-4 in round-a-bout pattern a foot or so below ground level and than tamp post in. Stretching barb wire on one side of a corner can cause the posts to twist.
If you shoot they make good downrange targets. Weld as targets in a knock down boxes. they can take a punch and are my bullseye size out to 2000 yards.
 

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