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Lely Rotera

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12-30-2009 14:22:48

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Anybody have any experience with these? The one I am looking at is a 4' model, I have heard that these are power hogs regardless of width. Anybody know the horsepower requirement per foot?

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mike in AR

01-09-2010 19:04:49

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 Re: Lely Rotera in reply to DiyDave, 12-30-2009 14:22:48  
100 hp oughta run a 10 footer.
Just remember later when harvesting ta run the combine in the same direction the roterra went- crossways it's kinda bumpy. Don't have that problem with something like a howard rota spike.

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01-02-2010 09:34:15

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 Re: Lely Rotera in reply to DiyDave, 12-30-2009 14:22:48  
I ran 7ft.(approx) behind 4610 Ford when I was doing yard work....pulled it fine.

HOW EVER...need to remember that machine is a secondary machine and is not meant to break ground. Play with your toplink to set the pitch and you will soon find your spot.

Few times I did use machine for ground breaking, it really made tractor moan and groan and blow black smoke out the stack.

Sure saved a lot of time finishing out yards and did a good job.

Rick in NC

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Cub n M in Or

12-30-2009 21:11:21

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 Re: Lely Rotera in reply to DiyDave, 12-30-2009 14:22:48  
I planted a couple hundred acres of grain this spring with a 14' Lely behind a 125hp Kubota. Handled it fine. Pulled a cultipacker behind the rotera, then the drill then another cultipacker. Hope ya never have to back up... It would bog it down in certain conditions, but handled it fine 95% of the time. Leaves a nice seed bed and saves a trip or two over the field.


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12-30-2009 18:25:45

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 Re: Lely Rotera in reply to DiyDave, 12-30-2009 14:22:48  
I sold several of them in the 70's 15' on 125hp 13006 Deutz tractors ,1 on a 9600 Ford and 1 on a 2-135 White with bridge hitch,sprayer,and corn planter. Never had a power complaint except 1 on a 1410 David Brown, traded up to a 13006 the next year.Working depth should only be 6-7" traveling faster breaks less tines than beating the same rock several times. There are places with too many rocks for them.

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12-30-2009 15:09:44

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 Re: Lely Rotera in reply to DiyDave, 12-30-2009 14:22:48  
used to run a 10ft one in UK years ago, we had it on a 7610 Ford (100hp at PTO shaft), now, you could make her work hard, or not, depends how you set the machine up, how deep it works is the main use of power, we once used it on a 150PTO hp tractor and made it grunt - worked down to 1500 rpm on the motor, but we were in about a foot in plowed ground... 10hp/ft is lots for everyday use, working 4inches or so

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