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 11-29-1999, 00:00 Post: 10459
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 Dirt hogs or power rakes

For those entering late in the game, I'm still churning over the thought of "how to" renovate our established 2 acre lawn. My original intent included the purchase of a rear tiller for our 4100. I have access to a landscape rake and maybe a 3pt blade for leveling the old plow furrows from when it was a field. Just to give you an idea how the original owner cared about a nice lawn.. The drought and severe lack of fertilizer/lime have left the weeds fighting for their lives. A little research yielded a skid steer w/dirt hog or a 3pt powered rake. Neither of which I use with our 4100. Any opinions or comparisons to either unit? What about the tiller Idea? The problem with the first two ideas is cost & time. I would need to rent a +30hp tractor with the rake, plus delivery to/from our house..I'm in the hole about $400 before I turn the key...counting only 1 day! Haven't priced a skidsteer w/dirt hog yet, but can't imagine it would be any cheaper. Not to mention removal of the old sod, removal of the billion or so rocks, leveling, grading in 1 or 2 days. Then reseeding, watering, maintaining 2 acres of fresh soil, after that. FYI:rental place said I shouldn't need more than 1 day for the power rake, maybe 2 if I'm in no hurry...what ever that means What do you guys think?






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 11-30-1999, 00:00 Post: 10473
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If I were you, I would take that money you would spend on the rental and buy a box scraper with scarifiers. Then with the box and the rake, drive your own tractor around in circles for days until you're satisfied with the results. Use the box initially with the scarifiers all the way down to break things up and go from there.






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 11-30-1999, 00:00 Post: 10474
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I agree with Jon,Your 4100 should handle a box blade & they work very well. How ever it sounds like alot of hand work for the rocks, but in time it works, I'm still picking up rocks several times a year in my garden.






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 11-30-1999, 00:00 Post: 10497
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I had good results on my 2 acres using a tractor and disc first to loosen the soil, then a box scrape to smooth and some shaping, then a landscape rake I had to rent for $35 over the weekend to drag out rocks and clumps, then seeded and fertilizered with my riding mower and a little pull behind spreader. Allow yyourself several days.






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 12-01-1999, 00:00 Post: 10520
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I am in the process of doing a similar task [now discontinued until spring]. I started with a box scraper [King Kutter from the farm store - heavy duty and inexpensive] and then used a tiller. I also used the loader, dragging backwards with the bucket edge down, to do some shaping. Once you have the area basically prepped, the tiller works great. After three passes, the top 6" is a nice fine consistancy. Unless you are going to do a lot of tiller work, I would suggest renting. You should be able to do the two acres in a day and the tiller is managable to haul home in a truck or trailer.






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 12-04-1999, 00:00 Post: 10624
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I am a heavy equipment operator and a fabricator, I make blades and tow behind srapers for small garden tractors. You can build a hitch to hold a set of box blade scarifiers and do all the ripping then to further work the dirt disc it up then use the box blade. on a large yard job I was on we borrowed a soil reclamer mixer/ a 10 foot wide self propelled tiller used to mix stabilizer base into the soil on roadway projects. They can till under massive amounts and turn it into a fine soil able to be worked with a 12 horse craftsman mower with a homemade blade.






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