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 06-20-2002, 07:35 Post: 39704
maz
2002-06-20 07:35:47
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 Landscape Rake "How To's"

Greetings!
Just took delivery of a landscape rake (Land Pride LR1572)
w/Dual Gauge Wheels for my JD750.

My question is after reading the online "Operators Manual" there is no instuctions on "how to" rake a field/garden of rocks, debris, leveling etc.

Being located in NE, I have lots of rocks I want to rake out.

Any assistance will be most appreciated.

Maz






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 06-20-2002, 11:10 Post: 39710
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I run a 6' Woods rake behind my JD750, and you're right, there are a couple of tricks to running it that aren't apparent from the "manual".

First, don't try to do it all in one pass. I set the guage wheel depth to it's deepest setting and make two or three passes to get the big chunks out.

Second, don't plan on sitting comfortably on the tractor through the whole process, you'll be on and off clearing debris out of the tines. Once the tines plug up, yer just wasting your time until you clean them out. Dirt will stack up in front of the debris and eventually, the rake will ride up over it and leave a pile in the middle of the job.

Third, plan your passes to windrow things away from the work area. In heavy debris, set the rake at a fairly sharp angle so the trash windrows off the end. Again, in heavy trash, you may find yourself scooping up the windrows with the bucket (if you have one) and lugging it off to the side.

After getting the major trash out, set the guage wheels a bit shallower and go over it again. Keep this up with progressively shallower passes until you're satisified with both the cleanup of the trash and the quality of the grading.

I found that with the lack of power down on the 750, and the lightness of the rake, that I had a lot of problems with the rake riding up over the trash. I solved a lot of that by welding a weight rack on the top of the rake frame and weighting it with a couple of cement blocks.

Mine even does a pretty good job on a gravel driveway, if I catch it wet enough so the base is relatively soft.






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 06-20-2002, 14:18 Post: 39718
maz
2002-06-20 00:00:00
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 Landscape Rake

Thanks for the response

Will give it a go this weekend and let you know!

maz








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 08-11-2002, 12:21 Post: 41161
Ironpeddler



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 Landscape Rake

Go rent a Vermeer or Duratech rock picker






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 08-11-2002, 19:50 Post: 41166
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 Landscape Rake

Paul Fox gives good advise. And some comments of my own:
I just used my new Frontier 72" rake all weekend. Found out there's a lot of "technique" involved.
I started with the gauge wheels mounted behind the rake tines - not recommended. Putting them in front gives the wheels room to roll going forward or backward, and controls the depth better.
Recommend setting the rake at an angle at all times; it is easier on the tines and gives a better bite into hard ground or dirt piles.
Use the top link of the 3ph to adjust the angle of the tines; this allows for different results with rocks vs moving dirt vs smoothing.
I used to use a soil pulverizer for leveling dirt, but the rake is 400% better.
jim






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 08-12-2002, 14:34 Post: 41181
maz
2002-08-12 00:00:00
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 Landscape Rake

Jim on Timberridge Big
Thanks for the mounting the wheels in the front!
I will try it out!

I agree that a landscape rake can do a lot, BUT there is definately a learning curve.

maz






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