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Posted May 28, 2013 - 09:17 PM

They said it is a David Bradley. I don't have a clue as to who made it.  All I know is that the wife said it was "cute".  So now I own it.  Have already been pulling the wife around showing it to the neighbors.  It will make a nice parade vehicle. I intend to weld a couple brackets on it to lock the tines in an up position for "road travel".   The tongue extends out and would put the seat further away.  Would make a good mother-in-law toter.  :D    Rick      

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Posted May 28, 2013 - 09:28 PM

I bet someone will be knocking on your door trying to talk you out of that. :D

Nice dump rake! try not to make the welds to deep so it can be resurrected sometime in the future.

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Posted May 28, 2013 - 09:46 PM

There is supposed to be a small lock pin that holds the rake in the up position.  I have a picture of mine in the registry but it shows no details.  There is a lot of differences between ours.  Mine also has the lift handle to where you can tuck it under your leg in the up position for transport.  Yours is out too wide for that.  I don't know which is correct. 

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Posted May 28, 2013 - 10:43 PM

That thing is awesome! I've never actually seen one other than in old brochures.


I think it was made by Midland for the walk behind tractors.


I would really, really like to have one of them!!!!

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Posted May 28, 2013 - 11:10 PM

Here's a pic of from one of the brochures I have.



The rake looks to be an add on attachment for the sulky. 

I wouldn't do any welding to it, maybe see if there is a way to attach a chain or something.

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Posted May 29, 2013 - 01:58 AM

your rake looks more like one a for a Simplicity walk-behind than the DB one.  Both type where built to attach on the rear ofthe riding sulkys. A DB one uses a small hook that comes around the back of an angle iron to hold the unit in transport.


I noticed that it seems to have a tag on one corner, looks a lot like a DB tag. It might be possible that you have a machine thats half of each brand. I have the DB one, but not the Simplicity one, so i cant measure anything to be able to confirm it.


Anyway this works out, you probally should not weld on it as the machines are worth a few hundred dollars each and you dont want to lower you investment later on.

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Posted May 29, 2013 - 05:40 AM

Great find !    I was looking at one on CL about a year ago that was for a Sears 3 pt but was sold quickly .  A hay rake would be handy for me when I cut my cover crops for mulch then the homemade rake I  have