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 12-31-1999, 00:00 Post: 11630
Mike Casper



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I recently purchased 3+acres of land that had been logged befor I bought it. After three huricanes, its on a sound in eastern North Carolina, I had a lot more trees down and a lot of other debris. I used a loging chain to get rid of the big stuff 12 shagbark hickories, now I was wondering if a landscape rake would be able to move the remaining debris to piles for eventual burning. The largest wood left is about 4-5" and 7 feet long most is a lot smaller. Any assistance would be appreciated. Thanks in advance Mike Casper






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 01-01-2000, 00:00 Post: 11643
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Hi Mike

I have little luck moving much brush with my rake. I like to use the loader much better. Putting the front edge 1/4" up off the ground in float you can pile the stuff up in no time.

It's a real shame to make fires with such fine wood. Shag bark is the highest impact resistant wood known. Keep some for hammer, sledge, axe, wheel barrow, post hole digger, etc, etc, etc, ... handles. You will not regret it. Also it was a favorite wood for fine rockers and thin spindles on many chairs.

Hope your have a great new year.






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 01-01-2000, 00:00 Post: 11646
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I tried that years ago without much success. Not only did I have to drive over the slash to grab it, once I pulled it with the rake it would fill up in only a few feet and took forever to get the slash to let go of the teeth. I think that the rakes are mainly for spreading gravel.
My rake did not reverse; it might have worked a little better in reverse. At least it would have been easier to get the slash to let go. The real tool for this is a front end loader bucket with some long prong-style teeth attached to it. They even make front "buckets" that only have prongs on the bottom surface so that dirt falls right through.
If you are doing an acre or more of this slash I'd look on it as a real good excuse to get the right tool for the job.






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 01-02-2000, 00:00 Post: 11656
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Mike, Roger is very right, the rake is actually only meant for picking debris out of topsoil, and such things. Also, because of the design it only works on level ground is the other problem you would have. However as he suggested, a 'manure' bucket for the loader will work better, it is also going to be slow, but not nearly as slow as the rake. If the ground is fairly level you might want to try an old style rotary hay rake for the small stuff. I use this method in my work (I'm a landscaper who specializes in golf course construction) on a regular basis, it works great. The kind I have is a continous 'belt-type row' of spring teeth (about 10" long), that rotate around two large wheels that are vertical, the 'front' one is driven by the pto, and the 'belt' of teeth contacts the ground at a 45deg. angle to the direction of travel, trailing away from tractor. As you drive forward the moving row of teeth moves all the debris into one long windrow which is then easier to scoop up. It also makes a fantastic de-thatcher & makes short work of leaves too. It's a BIG job no matter how you slice it... Best of luck.






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