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#1 Delmar ONLINE  

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Posted February 19, 2016 - 04:04 PM

I bought a landscape rake and the three-point hitch attachment for it last year to use to clear off a large space in my deer hunting woods to put in a new food plot.  It was thick with leaves, sticks, etc.  I couldn't get the rake to work for anything other that leveling dirt.  Ended up raking by hand.  The landscape rake has been sitting up against the back fence since then.

 

I create a large pile of garden and yard debris at the back of my garden every year, and it usually gets big and nasty.  It is always a pain to load in the truck to haul to the woods to dump.  I decided to give my rake another try.  Same thing, wouldn't move hardly a stick or leaf, until I turned it around and tried pushing it instead up pulling it.  Oh my, what a difference.  I pushed the whole pile to the front of the garden...it was a lot easier to load in the truck this time.  I'll find more uses for the rake now.

 

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Edited by Delmar, February 19, 2016 - 04:13 PM.

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Posted February 19, 2016 - 04:12 PM

That is a good looking rig. I suspect that you don't have enough down pressure on the rake when pulling it. Next time you try pulling, make sure it is really pressing into the dirt.  I have an 8' for my Ford and a 4' for my GTs and both have worked great. They got a big workout 18 years ago when putting in my yard. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted February 19, 2016 - 04:19 PM

That is a good looking rig. I suspect that you don't have enough down pressure on the rake when pulling it. Next time you try pulling, make sure it is really pressing into the dirt.  I have an 8' for my Ford and a 4' for my GTs and both have worked great. They got a big workout 18 years ago when putting in my yard. Good Luck, Rick

 

yep, no down pressure on the rear hitch on the John Deere 420.  It 'floats'.  I could add weight to it, but don't want to.  


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Posted February 19, 2016 - 04:32 PM

I think your problem is the attack angle.  With the blade reversed the teeth are lifting the debris into the rake.  I suspect going forward the teeth don't get under the debris and the rake just rides over it.


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Posted February 19, 2016 - 08:54 PM

I was thinking the same thing as MiCarl.  Did not see that set up  but if angle was wrong easy to fix with upper link adjustment. Any pics of how it was before? 

Angle makes a big difference


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Posted February 20, 2016 - 05:47 AM

I think the rake should be turned around to work right! Looks backwards to me!


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Posted February 20, 2016 - 08:35 AM

I agree with KennyP.  It is turned around wrong for forward operation.  They work with the same principal that the old hay dump rakes have worked for 100's of years..  If your 3 point don't have down pressure put weight on.  That's what everybody else does.  Probably won't take much.


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Posted February 20, 2016 - 08:52 AM

mounted at rear as it is the tines are back to front , they can't grab the debris to move it , it would only make dust like that , where setting it on the front reverses the tine direction  so has been mentioned already , no way would i be reversing a tractor all day  lol

 

 Very good looking unit though 

 

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Posted February 20, 2016 - 09:51 AM

Hi

It looks as if rake it the wrong way round and will never work even if you put ten ton on it

Here is a photo of mine made to suit my Gutbrod tractor 

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These will give you an idea how it should look

Have fun

George S

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Posted February 20, 2016 - 10:01 AM

With it turned around like Delmar has it now, you  would be able to make 1 pile of brush easier, instead of a bunch of small ones

Make a big pile to burn or pick up and dispose

Wonder if you could push the stuff into a trailer to load it up

We also have to remember that it's his toy and he can play with it the way he wants too


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Posted February 20, 2016 - 10:29 AM

Delmar,

Why don't you compost the plant material and add it to the garden soil after it has reduced to manure? You'll have to put some form of nitrogen on the pile to promote the rotting action. This will help your soil by adding humus. This will make a huge improvement in your garden yields.   


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