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Re: direction

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Old Iron

07-26-2012 12:01:29

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I haven't seen any difference when putting up alfalfa with a haybine, V-rake, and big roundbaler.

In fact, I swath my hay going in one direction to the end of the field,... then turn around and cut the next swath going in the opposite direction.

I have a H&S High Capacity rack, and it's impossible to rake 2 windrows together in the same direction they were cut (the way I cut in a "back and forth" pattern).

Maybe if you were cutting hay with a sickle mower, the direction of raking and baling would make some difference in how things work,... but not with the equipment I use.

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07-26-2012 14:19:58

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 Re: direction in reply to Old Iron, 07-26-2012 12:01:29  

I've never paid any attention to the direction of cut when raking, and I've used sickle bar mowers, mower conditioners, and disc mowers. I've used an old JD rake with the 2 wheels in front and swivel wheels behind, a NH 55, and now a Vermeer wheel rake. They all get the hay raked when in good condition and the cows don't turn it down when the hay is good.


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