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503 ford hayrake

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jeff flaharty

04-11-2001 10:24:05

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I recently purchased a model 503 Ford Hayrake at an auction. I bought it cheap enough ar $125 but between the sale grounds and home I lost the end of the pto shaft. Does anyone know where I might find a replacement. There is a plastic collar a couple of inches from the end of the shaft which leads me to think it may not be a standard that I can find a replacement for at a TSC. Another question i have relates to a sheet metal assembly that hangs in front and rotates via belt drive. I have never seen a rake with a configuration like this and I was wondering why it was necessary. As always, thanks in advance for your help.


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chris stepp

09-14-2002 16:17:16

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 Re: 503 ford hayrake in reply to jeff flaharty, 04-11-2001 10:24:05  
I all so bought a 503 hay rake and i can not get it to work right! I don't know if something is missing or not? It balls up when you try to rake with it. Does anyone have a picture of a rake so i can see if it is missing anything or not?

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04-12-2001 08:00:45

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 Re: 503 ford hayrake in reply to jeff flaharty, 04-11-2001 10:24:05  
I also have a 503 rake. Ford made the 503 for several years and there are different versions with slight variations. Mine is apparently the earliest version because some parts are not available for my design. Is yours red or blue? I've seen them in both colors. My rake is now available for parts. Email me if there's something you need. I do have the pto shaft. I now need another rake if anyone knows of one available fairly close to Utah. Thanks.

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07-28-2003 10:34:10

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 Re: Re: 503 ford hayrake in reply to Jim.UT, 04-12-2001 08:00:45  
I would be interested in purchasing the rake bars. Let me know if you would be interested in selling. Give me a price for one or all five. Thanks, Bennie

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jeff flaharty

05-07-2001 18:33:38

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 Re: Re: 503 ford hayrake in reply to Jim.UT, 04-12-2001 08:00:45  
jim, i got the pto shaft, mine is not splined on both ends, what kind of shape is the female end of yours in? are the bearings ok? and does it have a 4" pulley? if so do you want to sell it too?


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Jerry D in NC

04-12-2001 09:10:32

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 Re: Re: 503 ford hayrake in reply to Jim.UT, 04-12-2001 08:00:45  
Jim, Seen you over on the Ford tractor board alot and value your judgement. I grew up following Ford tractors with a Ford 530 or an older Ford that was motorized. I have gotten a 530 baler running great and was considering a 503 rake. I have access to a couple of them (make one from two) fairly cheap but my question was how well they raked. I have an old 4 Wheel rake that I use for production but would like to consider a complete Ford Hay system just for grins and giggles. You seem sad your's has ended its career if I am understanding you.

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04-12-2001 19:48:03

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 Re: Re: Re: 503 ford hayrake in reply to Jerry D in NC, 04-12-2001 09:10:32  
Nice color coordination! I know where there's a baler looks just like that sitting in a vacant field. The field is fenced and clearly posted no trespassing so I haven't got too close. There is no house anywhere nearby so I don't even know who to call to find out if it might be available. I guess I could check out the county recorder if I cared that much.

If you grew up around this stuff, you're smarter than I am. I grew up in the city. I did a little haying on Grandpa's place in Idaho but never paid any attention to the machinery, etc. I guess I've learned how to sound knowledgeable in print and have fooled a few folks. Truth is, there's lots for me still to learn.

As for my rake, yeah, I thought it did a good job, but it's the only rake I've ever used. I have to deal with close confines so I liked being able to pick the rake up and position it where I wanted. I've seen 503 rakes painted red or blue. Mine is of the oldest designs according to the FNH parts books. One of the bars broke off during operation (the bearings were shot). My style of bar is no longer supported by FNH so I've decided to look for something else, but if I found another 503 for cheap I'd buy it. I ran across one in a shed in the middle of town but the lady insisted it was still used every year and wasn't for sale.

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Jerry D in NC

04-13-2001 03:17:30

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: 503 ford hayrake in reply to Jim.UT, 04-12-2001 19:48:03  
Both of my balers had to have trees cut out of them so I could drag them home. This one I just took the little Ford and hooked to it and drove up on the 24ft goose neck trailer dragging it behind. They have a horrible reputation here in the flat lands of NC but I think I know why. There is a mistake in the manual explaining how to set up the feed forks. The manual calls for them to be 180 degrees out of phase and the setup instructions put them exactly in phase. That baler can not handle a windrow of any size that way and that is what everyone had complained of. All of the ones I have seen in this part of the country are setup that way and do not work worth a hoot. It seems that they came from one dealer for about two years until he quit selling them. I believe that a mechanic followed the instructions in assembling them and killed a brand. Having followed as many as I have, I changed it and wham that thing will eat a big windrow. But both of mine are baling so I have one set up for plastic and one setup for sisal. Until one breaks and I need a part!!!

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Tom A

04-12-2001 06:40:13

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 Re: 503 ford hayrake in reply to jeff flaharty, 04-11-2001 10:24:05  

I've got a Ford 501 rake, which I suspect is pretty close to identical the 503. The long sheet metal 'thingy' is called a stripper and basically cleans the hay off the teeth as they move up and down...should be adjusted so it's about 1/4" to 1/2" away from the teeth at their closest point. You can get a manual reprint from New Holland, which might help you with adjustments and such.

Mine was a great rake 'til I ran it into a half-open gate while daydreaming (forgot it's 11' wide!). Wanted to buy a new stripper, which got bent severely--thing is still available but is about $200 from the dealer, so I bought a new rake that I don't like as much. The 501 is now a yard ornament (sad face).

anyway, good luck with it. New Holland stocks parts for all the old Ford products, though the specialty parts (like the stripper) are pricey.

good luck,

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04-11-2001 18:41:47

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 Re: 503 ford hayrake in reply to jeff flaharty, 04-11-2001 10:24:05  
Jeff, the sheet metal assembly is designed to
blow dirt and dust away from the raked hay. I
used a friend's Ford rake like this but I did not
see any difference or reason for it. Most any
good farm supply shop should be able to match
your PTO shaft.

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