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 04-29-2001, 00:00 Post: 27334
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I tried something new today. I raked the field with a landscape rake ... after mowing it. I don't have a bagger and thought all that green stuff would make a wonderful addition to my mulch pile. Now have a small mountain of green stuff. The most fun was putting it all in a pile. I thought it must be similar to pushing and piling up snow (glide the bucket right on top but not into the ground). I don't know if this is cost effective or how much mulch this will result in, but if nothing else I learned I could do it. Anyone else raked a field? JonB






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 04-29-2001, 09:19 Post: 27344
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JonB, I have never used a landscape rake but am thinking I would like to own one. I was wondering how you moved the grass with it. I know that you can angle a rake so as to wind row with it. is that what you did ? just keep moving the grass over to say one side of field or lawn. I would also think that guage wheels would be a must for lawn type work, just to make sure the tines don't dig into the sod. Mark






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 04-29-2001, 19:16 Post: 27363
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Mark, the grass and weeds I cut were from 1 to 3 feet high, so windrowing wasn't possible as I understand it--the rake more than filled up with less than a single pass. I kept the rake straight, leaving piles at one end of the field. A final pile was completed in a few minutes with the loader. I took the guage wheels off for this job. The weeds are so thick in the ground that I seldom scraped any dirt. The rake "combed" the weeds. I also intend to scape it with the rake later in the year, when the weeds have died, dried and I'm done to dirt, to pull out the top rocks if possible. JonB






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 04-30-2001, 08:18 Post: 27375
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JonB, never tried your technique, but was considering trying it in a few weeks when I get my rake. Situation: abandoned ag field that hasn't been mown in 10 years, mostly goldenrod and still some hay. Thanks for being the guinea pig!






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 05-02-2001, 05:31 Post: 27643
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Same idea as an old style back dump hay rake I guess. My uncles all retired their back dumps in favour of side dumps by the time they started let me do simple things with their tractors, but the old rakes worked just fine I believe.






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 05-02-2001, 06:29 Post: 27645
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Now I have a better picture of how JonB did it. When TomG mentioned a back dump rake a lite bulb clicked on. I can see how that would work fairly well. Mark






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 05-03-2001, 08:06 Post: 27701
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Tom, I spent my teenage summers using side delivery rakes working for my uncle, but at one time the rake broke down and we resurrected the old dump rake. It worked fine, but a lot slower and harder for me to keep the windrows consistent in size. They make nice lawn ornaments nowadays.






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 05-04-2001, 06:46 Post: 27741
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I never did use a back dump rake, but I understand the issues. I think my uncles had enough trouble with my windrows from the side dump rake and whether it was going rain while waiting for me to finish the raking. At the time, back dump rakes weren't quite lawn ornaments yet, but they were on their way due to the reasons you mentioned. They sure did end up being attractive though. It was also about the same time that square balers came into use--at least in Nebraska and Iowa. I remember walking behind old style round balers to hand-tie the bales--wonder what ever happened to the baling needles. While I'm carrying on: Some of the small farms around Denver, where I grew up, still shocked wheat by hand, and ranchers in the mountains still had hay derricks beside their stacks.






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