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    Anyone use a Rock Picker

    Hello everyone, I am clearing a very large area that is full of rocks (see pictures). I am exploring the purchase of a hydraulic rock picker that I would pull behind my John Deere 4720. Has anyone used a rock picker before and also, what are the premium brands?

    Any help would be great. Thanks.

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    We put in a couple new hay fields a couple of years ago and borrowed a Haybuster Rock Eze from a friend. Worked good for us and was surprised the amount of rocks it cleared fro the fields. Easy to run. Don't remember the model number, but took about a 9' swath if I remember right. The one we had would just dump into a pile, but I see ones that the hopper lifts high enough to dump into a dump truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD4720Idaho View Post
    Hello everyone, I am clearing a very large area that is full of rocks (see pictures). I am exploring the purchase of a hydraulic rock picker that I would pull behind my John Deere 4720. Has anyone used a rock picker before and also, what are the premium brands?

    Any help would be great. Thanks.

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    We're currently using a root/rock windrower but alas it just puts them in a windrow for pick up. It does work pretty well though. It's a Schulte but I don't know anything else about it as it's a rental. You've got a beautiful view, had to focus on the small rocks because the big rocks (mountains) were so pretty.

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    If seen the same or similar as treefarmer mentioned. Then a tractor or skid steer with a rock bucket would pick them up.
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    I rented a Skid Steer and a "RockHound" rake when I built my house, worked amazingly well! I chose that over a Harley Rake becasue it collects the rocks rather than windrow them.
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    Those options look so much better than what we used to do.

    Grandpa on the IH 544 with the loader and the grandkids picking up the rocks on the field and throwing them into the bucket.

    So much fun. :no:
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    That's going to put a lot of grandkids out of business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J3 Driver View Post
    Those options look so much better than what we used to do.

    Grandpa on the IH 544 with the loader and the grandkids picking up the rocks on the field and throwing them into the bucket.

    So much fun. :no:
    Yep been there done that. Wait still do
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    I rented a Skid Steer and a "RockHound" rake when I built my house, worked amazingly well! I chose that over a Harley Rake becasue it collects the rocks rather than windrow them.
    Exactly what I used as well. Friend had a 760? With a 6 ft tiller. Kept going over it for quite a while. Made it really nice. Glad I don't have to do that again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J3 Driver View Post
    Those options look so much better than what we used to do.

    Grandpa on the IH 544 with the loader and the grandkids picking up the rocks on the field and throwing them into the bucket.

    So much fun. :no:
    Remember every spring quite well. Only difference is we didn't use a bucket. We used a hay wagon cause it could haul more and since it was a hay wagon, wait for it, there was no dump function, we got to manually unload it as well.😄 Twice the fun I tell you.
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