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#1 grnspot110 ONLINE  

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Posted February 09, 2014 - 11:25 AM

I'm thinking of buying an estate rake this year.

 

Estate Rake #2 jpg.jpg    Estate Rake.jpg

 

 Anybody here used one?  Do they do a good job on excess grass clippings, leaves?  Any input will be helpful!  ~~ Lowell



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Posted February 09, 2014 - 11:33 AM

Never used the little ones, I used the big ones at the farm for raking hay. They did a nice job and were efficient.
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Posted February 09, 2014 - 01:15 PM

Same as MH81, I have a 5 wheel big one and they work great. I bought it for hay but I use it for leaves also. I've seen the smaller ones for like $399-$499. The big ones work good for dethatching grass in the spring too.  I see no reason why the smaller one would not work just as well for dethatching, raking grass clipping, leaves and stuff like that.  If you get one, please let us know how well they work for you.



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Posted February 09, 2014 - 02:12 PM

I have seen a few videos on the internet and they look like they work very well. I bought a landscape rake for my 3 point with collecting grass clippings for the garden mulching. It did not work as well as I had hoped it does not do as fine a job and I should have gotten one of these instead. I do not regret getting the landscape rake, because it does an excellent job of dressing the gravel drive and pulling the gravel out of the pack when I do not intend to grade.
I would like to have a small hay rake to pull behind the the ford since most of my place is open i could use the bigger tractor to collect mulch.

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Posted February 09, 2014 - 06:05 PM

I almost bought a used one last summer. Did a little research on line before buying and found out they wanted "new" price for it, so I passed. Would like to have tried it out on my front yard that always looks like a hay field after mowing. If you purchase, let us know how it works out.



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Posted February 09, 2014 - 10:37 PM

have had one for a few years. use it for leaves and grass when i don't mow often enough. i wish it had a hydraulic lift, hard to turn around to lift and squeeze the handle. i need to find a good way to pick up the windrows after raking, they get so big the rake quits working. have to then start new row. hope you find one. i would buy another if i lost mine.
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Posted March 04, 2014 - 05:37 PM

Decided on the straight rake!  

 

Ordered it today off Amazon, should be here sometime next week.  ~~  Lowell


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Posted March 13, 2014 - 04:42 PM

Rake came today!  Setup took around 2-1/2 hours, including drilling, tapping & installing grease fittings in all hubs.  

 

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Still need to fill the hubs with grease.  Not sure I have the wheels on the right direction, manual is pretty vague, pictures on the box even show one wheel opposite the rest!  ~~  Lowell



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Posted July 22, 2014 - 05:09 PM

I'm thinking of buying an estate rake this year.

 

attachicon.gifEstate Rake #2 jpg.jpg    attachicon.gifEstate Rake.jpg

 

 Anybody here used one?  Do they do a good job on excess grass clippings, leaves?  Any input will be helpful!  ~~ Lowell

I have 1 with 3 wheel on each side, does good on short grass but taller grass had to take the 2 center wheels off. Use mine to do hay 6 to 8 inches. Will be trying on leaves this fall. Got mine from northern tool. My tines point in on top. Yes pic suckes.



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Posted July 22, 2014 - 05:14 PM

Rake came today!  Setup took around 2-1/2 hours, including drilling, tapping & installing grease fittings in all hubs.  

 

attachicon.gifHPIM3004 (800x597).jpg

 

attachicon.gifHPIM3005 (800x597).jpg

 

Still need to fill the hubs with grease.  Not sure I have the wheels on the right direction, manual is pretty vague, pictures on the box even show one wheel opposite the rest!  ~~  Lowell

How'd it work?



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Posted July 22, 2014 - 05:22 PM

I've only used it once to de-thatch, it wanted to slide sideways a lot.

 

I need to work on the weight boxes to add more weight!  We'll see how ell it works on leaves this fall.  ~~  Lowell


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Posted July 23, 2014 - 08:33 AM

What turns the tines/wheels on these? Just ground contact?



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Posted July 23, 2014 - 04:53 PM

What turns the tines/wheels on these? Just ground contact?

Yes, ground contact!  ~~  Lowell



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Posted July 24, 2014 - 07:10 PM

I have one and like to use it but it seems to slide sideways to. I have found they are a pain to set up either it's lowered to low oe not low enough so you have to adjust it. I also found that the lift sucks

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Posted July 24, 2014 - 09:19 PM

I have one and like to use it but it seems to slide sideways to. I have found they are a pain to set up either it's lowered to low oe not low enough so you have to adjust it. I also found that the lift sucks

I modified the lift levers on mine so I can lift the rake wheels from the tractor seat!  ~~  Lowell






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