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In 1987, Nikkel Iron Works entered the hay rake business with the purchase of the DARF line of hay rakes from Hay Equipment Distributors. When Jack purchased the DARF line, competitive hydraulic bar rakes were popular. He went to work redesigning his “overhead wheel rake” and implemented numerous changes and innovations. The result was a rake that is gentle on the hay, ruggedly built and, most importantly, it was fast.