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    Experience with Estate Rake?

    I'm thinking of buying an estate rake this year:

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    Anybody here used one? Do they do a good job with grass? Leaves? Preferred style?

    Any input is helpful! ~~ Lowell
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    I bought a used hayrake last year to de-thatch my pastures - it did a nice job of rowing up a whole pile of clipping for me to burn.

    I don't know what the passive wheel types would do for you.... mine is PTO driven, so it scratches nicely....

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    I'd like one of those also. Very interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grnspot110 View Post
    I'm thinking of buying an estate rake this year:

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    Anybody here used one? Do they do a good job with grass? Leaves? Preferred style?

    Any input is helpful! ~~ Lowell
    My dad bought one like in your first picture. He was trying to recover an old field and turn it into more of a yard.

    He was not very pleased with it. It did not work very well in heavy grass. He also felt it was "light & bouncy". It also didn't work unless the ground was level.

    We halled it off to the scrap yard last year.
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    I guess the next thing to decide is whether to go with the "V" style or "one-way" style! I can see advantages to both. Although, I'm leaning towards the 60" one-way.

    May be a while before I decide for sure! ~~ Lowell

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    Ordered the straight rake from Amazon, arrived today! Took about 2-1/2 hours setup time, including drilling, tapping & installing grease fittings in all hubs.

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    Still need to grease it. Not sure I have the tines headed the right direction, manual is pretty vague. Picture on the box even show one wheel opposite the rest! ~~ Lowell

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    Don't you just love some of the "manuals" you get...

    Looks pretty good from the pic's.

    Maybe that was my fathers problem with his...manual wouldn't have mattered though...he would not read it any way.

    Grease that baby up and let us know how it works!
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    Hopefully it works because I just bought one too!

    Have you figured out the direction the wheels are supposed to face? On the big ag rakes the tines touching the ground point into the direction of travel for raking.

    What size grease fitting, drill, and tap did you use? Could you please post or a picture showing where you put the grease fitting? That sounds like a good idea.
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    I have had one of the straight style for over 20 years. I have used it to lightly thatch the yard in the spring and then used the pull behind lawn sweeper to pick up the leaves, dead grass. If you have any longer twigs around they will tend to get hung up in the wheel teeth.

    I have used it when landscaping and preparing a new yard. It worked great to windrow stones and any other foreign matter and I could pick it up with a shovel. I also would spread my grass seed and set it a little lower and it helped to cover up the grass seed.

    I just brought into the shop to service it yesterday. I was just adjusting air pressures in the tires and checking it all over. The latch on the height adjustment level is finally worn to the point it would jump out of the place I had it set. I took it apart, ground the rounded edge straight and it works fine again.

    I put about 40 - 50 lbs of weight over each tire to get to tow straight, This is something you just need to experiment with to get it right for your situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daveb View Post
    I was just adjusting air pressures in the tires...
    Are there any tire pressure tricks (example: running the inboard wheel at a lower pressure so it has a larger footprint for the rake to pull against) to make it work better?
    Have you found a certain range of pressures which work better or do I just follow the recommendation on the sidewall of the tire?
    What do you use for your ballast?
    Am I asking too many questions?

    I guess I'm just a bit excited for spring. My rake is still in the box because the morning after it was delivered we got another 3" of snow. I'm glad I didn't jump the gun and pull my snowplow off!
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