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256 double hay rake hitch

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North M

05-10-2005 08:07:21

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Recently found a deal at a auction sale where I bought two 256 New Holland hay rakes. They are both left hand delivery. I was wondering about hitching them together and save a tractor driver and was wondering if anybody had expierence on this and could offer some help or expertise on building this hitch. Plans or some rough measurements could help a lot and save me some trail and error. Thanks

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05-11-2005 06:22:00

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 Re: 256 double hay rake hitch in reply to North M, 05-10-2005 08:07:21  
Last 256 I had had a piece of oil well drill stem inside another so it could be slid out in the field to pick up the tongue of the second rake. It was just welded onto the back of the frame of the rake.

With 2 in the same direction, it would be for short grass. For my long stemmed sudan I need the Vee function as 3 windrows are max for combining; usually only 2 and I can go back and forth quickly. So I have a dolly with 2 wheels and sliding rails to set different rake spacing, depending on the windrow width desired. One of my rakes is LH and the other RH. They run side by side rather in tandem.

It offers no advantage on the short grass where I have to bring 4 or more rows together; nor where the field is small and adjacent obstacles plentiful.

For that I just use one and make lots of trips. Your double discharge on the same side would be ideal.

Other thing is my old rake was 7' and the new ones 9'. Makes a whopping difference when you are raking behind a 9' swather.


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M Nut

05-10-2005 13:31:11

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 Re: 256 double hay rake hitch in reply to North M, 05-10-2005 08:07:21  
Depending on where you're located, I have a New Holland tandem rake hitch I will sell. I used to have two bar rakes, but went to a v-wheel rake. Kept one bar rake for little fields, but have no use for the hitch. Been thinking of selling. Tires are good, like to get $300. Let me know if you're interested. I'm in MN.

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05-11-2005 08:07:02

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 Re: 256 double hay rake hitch in reply to M Nut, 05-10-2005 13:31:11  
I am up here in the north part of Saskatchewan so would be a fair distance to travel to purchase. Will look at putting something together here. Thanks.

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05-10-2005 10:56:00

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 Re: 256 double hay rake hitch in reply to North M, 05-10-2005 08:07:21  
NH used to market a hitch for that, but check FARMSHOW archives for homemade ones. Generally made from a combine rear axle with a hydraulic steering cylinder- lets you move from use to transport position by hitting the hydraulic lever on your tractor.

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