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#16 JD DANNELS OFFLINE  

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Posted April 05, 2012 - 08:36 AM

That is a good concept and looks like it should work pretty well.
I've has something simular bouncing around in my head, for another purpose. I have several acres that I'm not doing anything but mowing and have been toying around with the idea of Hay/Mulch production for my ever increasing Garden . Since it takes so many HP to run a baler I wanted to come up with a way to do it with the Garden tractor. So have been looking at the way loose hay was put up in stacks in the past.
Your Fork concept could easily be adapted to a buck rake to pick up the windrows of hay and move them to the stack.
I'm also toying with the concept of making a dump rake for the rear to windrow.

Edited by JD DANNELS, April 05, 2012 - 08:41 AM.


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Posted April 05, 2012 - 08:58 AM

Sorry to get off frenchy's subject but here you go JD.

Here's your rake to windrow.




And here's a 12v round bailer.


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Posted April 05, 2012 - 10:43 AM

CP7: Thanks!! The rake I has seen before and it's on my list. Swisher also makes one that can be bought through Northern Tools.
The 14 yrs I worked at Farmhand I built a lot of Hay Rakes for Ag work and really like the wheel rakes. It is a piece of the puzzle I was working on.
The Baler I had never seen and like the concept. One thing I noticed in the video, was loose fitting gloves and sticking ones hands in the machine looks like a recipe for lost fingers?

That video at the end of the Baler video tha's titled How to sweep hay instead of baling is exactly what I had in mind.

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Posted April 05, 2012 - 05:36 PM

The rake that Swisher has is a V and you can pull a sweeper behind to pick up the row.
That bailer is cool isn't it. You'd have to get pygmy goats or miniature horses to feed them to though.
My bull would eat one for a snack.

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Posted April 06, 2012 - 08:53 AM

Nice work. I'll bet you will find a bunch of uses for it.
Looks like you could easily extend the forks by slipping smaller tubes into your forks. Then you could haul limbs and brush.

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Posted April 14, 2012 - 08:09 AM

The baler is cool, but doesn't anybody compost anymore? Tightly packed debris doesn't break down very well at all...it's one of the reasons we bale hay.

Nice forks, Frenchy. You'll find plenty of uses for them. I think the most surprising use I've found for my pallet forks is use as a sawhorse.




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