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Implement Alley Discussion Forum

Hay Rakes - Bar types

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burnetma

04-24-2007 20:08:32
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All,

I am looking to upgrade my hay rake. I have found the following rakes available in my area for under $1500:

NH 56
NH 256
JD 640
JD 660
JD 894A
JD 670

I am fairly familiar with the NH 56 & 256 rakes, but know nothing about the JD line of rakes. Are the JD rakes equivalent to the NH line? Is there a rake to avoid and why?

My hay is mostly Timothy/Broome grass mix. I have a number of small irregular fields, some of which are fairly steep. Opinions are appreciated.

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burnetma

04-26-2007 19:36:31
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 Re: Hay Rakes - Bar types in reply to burnetma, 04-24-2007 20:08:32  
Thank you for all of the information. I will let you know when I make a final decision and get some time in raking.



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burnetma

04-26-2007 19:36:24
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 Re: Hay Rakes - Bar types in reply to burnetma, 04-24-2007 20:08:32  
Thank you for all of the information. I will let you know when I make a final decision and get some time in raking.



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Traditional farmer

04-26-2007 08:23:50
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 Re: Hay Rakes - Bar types in reply to burnetma, 04-24-2007 20:08:32  
The 256 NH would be my choice of all you listed.



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Blue guy

04-25-2007 18:58:44
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 Re: Hay Rakes - Bar types in reply to burnetma, 04-24-2007 20:08:32  
I like my 256, but I also have a wheel rake that I like too. Each one has its good points and bad.



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James Howell

04-25-2007 12:08:16
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 Re: Hay Rakes - Bar types in reply to burnetma, 04-24-2007 20:08:32  
Last summer I bought 2 John Deere 640 rakes for $700 on consignment at a dealership.

Both are like me: old, ugly, rusty, and missing a few teeth, but still able to get the job done.

One came with a dolly wheel and the other did not.

The previous owner told me that he pulled them in tandem with the dolly wheel rake in the lead. Both are ground driven.

The rakes are 4 bar with 5 bar capability. They can be set up for either 2 or 3 rake teeth per section.

Monday night at Tractor Supply I priced new rake teeth at $1.53 each.

I will be raking Costal Bermuda and Cheyenne Bermuda.

Hope this helps. Good Luck!

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nates90

04-25-2007 12:01:48
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 Re: Hay Rakes - Bar types in reply to burnetma, 04-24-2007 20:08:32  
I agree about the John Deere acting like a dump rake, but the dolly wheel sure does make it nice.....except for backing up to redo the "dump rake section".



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backwoodsfarm

04-25-2007 09:28:20
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 Re: Hay Rakes - Bar types in reply to burnetma, 04-24-2007 20:08:32  
I have a John Deere 670 with a dolly wheel that replaced the New Holland 56 I used to have. The 670 is much better at picking up hay. Maybe it"s the dolly wheel but I would not buy another rake without one. My 670 also has three rake teeth per section and even in fine grass hay it seems to pick up much more hay than the 56 did. Which ever one is in the best shape for the money. They are all good rakes.

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Ktheo1

04-25-2007 06:30:12
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 Re: Hay Rakes - Bar types in reply to burnetma, 04-24-2007 20:08:32  
Go with the New Holland ,56 & 256 are basicly the same rake ,256 was renumbered when they came out with the 258 which was a bigger rake .I had a JD 670and in heavey hay the drive wheels would slide and act like a dump rake . Do a test ,go to the wheel opposite the gear box and with one hand you can lift a Deeres wheel off the ground .You won't do that with a New Holland .



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James Babcock

04-25-2007 03:34:19
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 Re: Hay Rakes - Bar types in reply to burnetma, 04-24-2007 20:08:32  
I've been pleased with my JD 660. Teeth are readily available, but I haven't had to replace anything else so can't speak about finding other parts. I use it on some fairly uneven fields but nothing real steep.



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