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    Pretty good pine straw rake

    I needed something more aggressive than a tow-behind de-thatcher and less aggressive than a landscape rake. The only other 3-point pine straw rake that I could find would have been about twice as much $$$ when shipping to my house is included. The Field Tuff rake came in a box on the UPS truck. It did have to be assembled, which was a minor PITA, but it's pretty high quality, nice materials, and so far has stood up to the difficult terrain in the wooded area of my property. My only complaint is that it's not quick-hitch compatible, so won't work with my iMatch. The distance between the lift arm brackets is 24.5 inches I think I can cobble something together with some 7/8 steel bent into a U-shape. The other problem is the weight. It's about 55 lbs, so I've added one, and will probably add a second 40 lb weight. It would have been nice if they had included a bracket for hanging suitcase weights.

    Overall though...nice rake and very suitable for my tasks at about 1/2 the price.



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    Coincidentally, I discovered a similar 5-foot pinestraw rake made by Titan Search results for: 'pine straw' . Naturally, it's now on sale for $245, free shipping. They also have a 6 foot version for $300. The design is pretty much identical to the Field Tuff rake, but I like the way the support clamps are slotted. Doesn't look like it would fit my iMatch any better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacCool View Post
    Coincidentally, I discovered a similar 5-foot pinestraw rake made by Titan Search results for: 'pine straw' . Naturally, it's now on sale for $245, free shipping. They also have a 6 foot version for $300. The design is pretty much identical to the Field Tuff rake, but I like the way the support clamps are slotted. Doesn't look like it would fit my iMatch any better.

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    Looks like a copy of the EA 60", if so it should be QH compatible.
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    I have the Titan 60" rake. It can be made to work with a quick hitch with very little effort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJadamec View Post
    I have the Titan 60" rake. It can be made to work with a quick hitch with very little effort.
    Nice! I'm jealous...

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    I think all I did was oversize the bottom pin holes so the quick hitch hooks would fit between the frame of the rake and the pin. It was only about an 1/8th of an inch to tight to fit from the factory.

    Its light enough to just pick it up and put in on the QH. The 80lbs of QH adds enough extra down pressure to get good dethatching. Also makes a good tool to prep the surface of the soil for seeding. For what it costs it's a nice tool to have.
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    Everything Attachments has a real nice pine straw rake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ransx77 View Post
    Everything Attachments has a real nice pine straw rake.
    Pine Straw Rakes | Pine Needle Rakes
    It is nice, I've seen it. Honestly, I didn't think it was nice enough to command the more than $200 premium it would have cost me (rake + shipping) for the EA. IMHO, the 60 inch Titan looks pretty much the same as the EA at a much cheaper price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacCool View Post
    It is nice, I've seen it. Honestly, I didn't think it was nice enough to command the more than $200 premium it would have cost me (rake + shipping) for the EA. IMHO, the 60 inch Titan looks pretty much the same as the EA at a much cheaper price.
    That's exactly why I have a Titan rake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ransx77 View Post
    Everything Attachments has a real nice pine straw rake.
    Pine Straw Rakes | Pine Needle Rakes
    I recently ordered a Titan Attachments Pine Needle Rake and am very pleased with it. I also looked at EA, but found I couldn't get them to respond to questions and they were $500 + versus $270. I also heard some discussions on the poor quality of shipping. Mine came in a 1"x1" angle iron frame with all the materials (which were actually all there) securely attached inside. Just an FYI.
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