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Re: thoughts on which rake,wheel,rotary?

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rockyridgefarm

03-27-2013 06:29:57
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Wheel rakes have come a long way in the past 15 years. Most of the older ones aren't worth owning. My dad tried out a 3 point rake back in 1993. It was crap. If you're looking at an older one, don't pay much.

He now has a 4 or 5 year old New Holland front fold rake. It does a very good job of getting everything - EVERYTHING. If you're baling behind it, this isn't much of an issue. If you're chopping behind it, prepare to sharpen your chopper's blades more often. Dad doesn't chop anymore, so it's not much of an issue. With the front folds, you need to match the rake to the cutter. Dad's is too big behind the 1411, so he ends up trying to run it without being completely folded out. This doesn't work too well on hillsides because the downhill wing will "creep" down the hill and the uphill one will "creep" in. The cylinders are plumbed so that they can swap oil. My neighbor had a Vermeer that didn't do this.

Nearly all new wheel rakes are made by Tonutti.
I prefer my New Holland 258 bar rake.

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03-27-2013 16:32:45
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 Re: thoughts on which rake,wheel,rotary? in reply to rockyridgefarm, 03-27-2013 06:29:57  

3ph wheel rakes don't float well resulting in more broken teeth. If they have solved this in the current models, I would like to know.

I have a 10 wheel Vermeer v rake on wheels. Works fine except it does not fold up narrow enough to suit me for road transport, or going through some gates. The current model of Vermeer v rakes folds up more compactly. another that folds better for transport is MF, but the transport wheels seem a little close together and I worry about moving it on hillsides or making too fast a turn at road speed.

Inline wheel rakes, 7 or 9 wheels that I am aware of, are nice. They fold into a narrow, but long assembly for transport. Word is if they are used along a steep hillside they will drift down hill. However, they are supposed to make turns while raking without getting out of the hay like a v rake will. Vicon and others make inline rakes.

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