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 05-19-2002, 11:28 Post: 38785
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Iím in the process of buying a landscape rake and canít believe the difference in prices. I rented a 6í Woods with a blade on it and determined with the number of trees I have that a 5í rake will make a lot more sense maneuvering around trees. Iíve looked at both 5 and 6í because not all brands come in the 5í size. One dealer wanted $900 for a Woods 6í LR72 with wheels while 2-3 others were in the $650 - 700 range. Land Pride which seems to be about the same quality $825 - 850 range from local JD dealers. I did find one for $700 for the LR1560 which seems reasonable compared to the others but still seems like a lot of money for 300 pounds of spring steel and wheels. BEFCO, Canco, and Bush Hog all were in the $650 range. The cheapest seemed to be the Worksaver 5í model but it is quite a bit lighter than the others as well. Iíve read the other posts but has anybody found any reasonable deals lately? Iím in Southern Maine.

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 05-19-2002, 17:41 Post: 38795
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$650-ish is what I paid for my 6' Woods several years ago. I'm in Downeast Maine, bought mine from an AGCO dealer in Bangor, the JD dealer in Ellsworth was $100 higher on the same rake.






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 05-20-2002, 05:24 Post: 38803
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I'm a bit baffled about the prices listed in this thread. I did'nt know that a landscape rake could cost so much. I have a six foot landscape rake with gauge wheels (King Cutter). I paid $450. I did price others as much as $500. 5 ft and 4ft models were also available. I am in south east Michigan.
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 05-20-2002, 05:42 Post: 38804
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I think what a person gets for a pricey 'big name' implement is commercial duty. The implements are designed to take job site beatings throughout the year and remain durable. I'm not sure that many private owners actually need implements that are designed for commercial use. Some of my implements won't see as many hours in ten years as a contractor would put on them in half a summer.

It does give me pleasure to use well-built equipment and occasionally I'm willing to pay the price. Blades and scrapers is another subject. Lightweight ones donít cut very well. Heavy ones are pricey, but I pay the price.






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 05-20-2002, 07:45 Post: 38812
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The rake quality really depends on the spring steel in the tines. The tines should not be drilled on the better steel as the harden spring steel is difficult to drill, and places a weak point in the steel. The tines should be simolar quality to automotive car springs.
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 05-20-2002, 07:59 Post: 38814
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I've seen the light duty models have a slot with rivet in the tine to stabilize it instead of a strap across it. I would stay away from this setup as it is more likely to snap a tine when hitting something. The only hole in the tine should be at the initial anchor point.






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 05-20-2002, 08:39 Post: 38820
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Recently purchased a landscape rake: Frontier LR1172. Like it a lot. Previously tried doing the work with a rear blade, a soil pulverizer, or the FEL, but like most jobs, the right tool makes the difference and a rake is the right tool for spreading, leveling, and smoothing. The angle of the tines allow for aggressive dirt movement in one direction, and smoothing in the other direction.
I previously posted my buying experience, but maybe it's worth repeating. The local dealer quoted $913 plus $300 for gauge wheels. Another dealer quoted $875 plus $300 for wheels for a LP2572. Both prices were list price. And the local guy advised freight was extra. A third dealer quoted a rake (York?) for $1000+, the specs made it sound like a toy.
Found a JD dealer 100 mi away that quoted the LR1172 at $739, plus $240 wheels, no freight. So the local dealer matched this (he didn't like it, but wanted to keep my business, knowing my addiction for more stuff).
The Frontier is med duty, the frame is common to their rear blade units. I don't like the way the rake is joined with the frame - a 7/8" grade 8 bolt which acts as the pivot for the rake. It cross-threaded during assembly so the hole had to be retapped. Would have gotten the Landpride if the price had been better (am consistently impressed by LP's hardware).
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 05-20-2002, 18:43 Post: 38844
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I'm real happy with my 7' Leinbach. It's a heavy unit with gauge wheels. It was $350 slightly used, the gauge wheels were another $200.






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 05-22-2002, 10:26 Post: 38904
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Is the landscape rake the same as a "rock" rake with curved thines? I've been looking at a 3 pt. 4' rock rake here in Northern Calif for $375 w/o wheels.






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 05-22-2002, 10:40 Post: 38905
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Good information on rakes. It looks like other parts of the country, Mrwurm in
Michigan for instance, price the rakes maybe cheaper than here in New England. It also
looks like some dealers stick to full list price and don't want to bend. I've always like
TomG's posts, they seem well thought out, good information. I also like quality
equipment and want something that will last several years, not just for the season
or one job. Thanks for the posts, I'm still looking.






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