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03-19-2001 15:36:05

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What would be the advantages/disadvantages of this rake over a typical side-delivery trail rake for hay? Thanks!

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03-19-2001 19:25:52

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 Re: VICON 3PH 2 WHEEL RAKE in reply to hubb, 03-19-2001 15:36:05  
I'll be curious to hear this, too. I need a hay rake, my Ford 503 having pitched too many parts last year. I've about been talked into a 2 wheel rake. The seller (an implement dealer) claims it's gentler than a basket-type side delivery rake causing less damage to the hay. I'm just a small time operator with a small field to work, so compactness and maneuverability are important. The best I've been able to come up with on a 3pt pto driven basket rake is $500 and there is considerable travel involved to go get it. This dealer seems to think he can get me a used 2 wheel rake for $200 or a new one for $375. I'll probably try to hold out for a used one, but be ready to buy a new one if a used one doesn't appear before May....I'll need it by June 1.

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03-19-2001 20:26:54

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 Re: Re: VICON 3PH 2 WHEEL RAKE in reply to Jim.UT, 03-19-2001 19:25:52  
I had a Gehl (Vicon) 4 wheel 3-point rake until last year. Yes, it is gentler on the hay, which makes it good for alfalfa, and it does a very clean raking job, making it great for second cut grass. However, there are drawbacks. It will pick up anything laying on the ground, like sticks, stones, etc. It will not rake around corners. You have to go back and forth and go across the headlands last. That wasn't a big deal, and actually made it easier to bale (less bales missing the wagon on corners). Now I rake that way with the bar rakes.

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03-20-2001 14:00:44

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 Re: Re: Re: VICON 3PH 2 WHEEL RAKE in reply to Tim(nj), 03-19-2001 20:26:54  
i agree with tim, i use a five wheel. they rake everything which in my case means my neighbors beer bottles. but they also rake leaves, small sticks, everything. they stop raking if you turn a curve opposite the side you are raking to. i force myself to only rake in straight windrows no matter how short they may be. it seems that they tend to to trist or rope the grass as they rake. i think this also helps to retain the fines. soon i hope to build either a trailor or tool bar that will allow me to pull a left and right rake. i've seen a tractor with a front mounted left and right wheel rake. the guy pushed the rakes and pulls a round baler with one pass. my fields are not that long or straight.

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