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JD Seller

04-28-2013 11:12:47

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You did not say what type of JD wheel rake you are looking at. The old ones that just had short teeth on the outside of the wheel did not work very well at all. The hay had to be fairly light and dry for them to work. The newer ones that have the long teeth that go clear to the center hub will work very well. The wheel itself is just about the same on all modern wheel rakes. They frames and mounts are the only big differences.

All wheel rakes are just driven by the angle action with the ground. The difference in todays rakes is the angle of the teeth they lift the hay more than drag it. If you do not have too much down pressure they will rake fine and not put dirt into the windrow. The biggest advantage with a wheel rake is raking speed and gentleness on the hay. A bar rake that is pulled very fast at all will beat the heck out of the hay.

Now that being said, I am not a fan of JD newer hay rakes they are boughten off of another manufacture and they are lightly built. There are much better framed rakes on the market. Sitrex, M&W , NH, And CIH rakes are all made by Sitrex. Kuhn/Knight has a good rake now. H&S makes a good rake as well.

I would stay away from the winged type wheel rakes unless you have a very flat field. They are not great at following the ground contours. These rake are just a hitch/frame that is three point mounted. They are much cheaper than the V type wheel rakes that have there own carrying/gauge wheels.

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Phil H

04-28-2013 18:50:59

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 Re: JD WHEEL RAKE in reply to JD Seller, 04-28-2013 11:12:47  
I didn"t see any model # on the rake, but the tines were like those on a mower conditoner or reel rake. Not the rubber mounted tines. The wheels the tines were mounted on were solid and didn"t have spokes. The frame was all straight but it just looks like a strange way to roll hay over. I can definetly see how it woud be gentle on the hay.

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JD Seller

04-28-2013 22:24:25

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 Re: JD WHEEL RAKE in reply to Phil H, 04-28-2013 18:50:59  
That is the old type and they do not work the best. I would pass on it unless it is real cheap and you are not doing much hay.

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Mike Aylward

04-28-2013 19:37:02

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 Re: JD WHEEL RAKE in reply to Phil H, 04-28-2013 18:50:59  
That sounds like a 567 wheel rake. From what I understand they work about the way most wheel rakes of that type do. Not very well. Mike

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Tx Jim

04-28-2013 11:29:35

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 Re: JD WHEEL RAKE in reply to JD Seller, 04-28-2013 11:12:47  
JD Seller

H&S has built some of JD's wheel rakes. I made the mistake yrs ago of buying a new JD 704 built for JD by Tonutti. It was built out of tissue paper thin rectangular tubing. The back tubings broke 3 times under warranty. I traded the 704 for a H&S hi-cap in 2002 and I'm still raking with it.
This post was edited by Tx Jim at 11:32:13 04/28/13.

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Mike Aylward

04-28-2013 17:43:59

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 Re: JD WHEEL RAKE in reply to Tx Jim, 04-28-2013 11:29:35  
I also have an H&S hi-capacity rake and it works very well. They are a very popular rake, for good reason. Mike

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