from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A device on a mowing machine or combine harvester that raises uncut grain and marks the edge of the swathe
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A device attached to a mowing machine for raising the uncut fallen grain and marking the limit of the swath.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A device with curved arms extending diagonally backward, fixed to the end of the cutter-bar of a reaper or mower to lift up uncut stalks, and throw those that are cut in such a way as to mark a line of separation between the uncut and the cut.
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A swather is a piece of equipment that cuts hay or small grain crops into windrows before baling.
Skeeter looked like I'd run over his dog with a swather.
I drove heavy equipment - hay swather, tractors - starting at around 14 years old, before I had a driver's license.
Hubby think it is due to the swather hay mowing machine.
I know that a lot of my readers would consider a trade like this to be completely offensive and a total betrayal of innocence, but if he's so dumb as to pony up a perfectly good swather, that's his problem.
I won't let her go for anything less than my neighbor's '86 John Deere swather.
This is a picture of the swather that cuts the hay down.
Then we go over the hay with this little tractor (my favorite) and an implement called a rake. (this photo doesn't show the rake) It goes down between two windrows that the swather makes and turns the hay over into the center, making a larger windrow.
VERSATILE 4700 swather, 1800hrs., 25 'double swath, Cummins engine.
"All the way from bouncing around on a horse mower to a $70,000 swather."