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    Landscape rake for a 1026R

    I have a 600' driveway graded on a hill with shale and item #4 that is always in need of a little TLC. It has drainage ditches on the sides but it always wears in the tire treads and loses it's crown over time. Having recently purchased a 1026R I'm looking at the best tool to keep the driveway in shape. I also have a Ratchet Rake that I've found useful for many chores and I can accomplish this job with the Ratchet Rake but I have to do a lot back and forth to pull the material from the sides to the center, then grade.

    I'm very used to operating an FEL but never used a three point hitch. Is an adjustable landscape or York rake a more efficient tool for this job? What brands, models, and sizes do people like for this size tractor? Is a 6' a bit too big to grade item 4 or is 5' better for the 1026?

    JD claims their tines are of a more hardened steel than the comparable but less expensive models from TSC and others. The salesman said the tines will stay straight on the JD and the cheaper ones will bend over time. Is it worth spending more on a JD or York for such a attachment? Of course I want the best bang for my buck but I prefer quality over cheapness. I'll probably use it two or three times a year on my driveway and a few neighbors. I don't see too many on Craigslist in my area and I'm wary of all the Cat 1 fits for the subcompact. Any suggestions? Thanks.
    2012 1026R, H120 FEL, 54D MMM w/auto-connect, JD 47" snowblower, 52" Ratchet Rake, 60" York Rake basic w/wheels

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    I was able to bend a 5' cat.1 TSC landscape take with my lawn tractor last summer. I took a picture of it and emailed to customer service, ten days later the local store called and said they had a new rake for me. I would rate their rake as fair, and service as excellent. Maybe I just got a bad one as I've not been able to bend the second one with my much stronger R. I've no idea what item 4 is, but I'd guess that a rear blade would be more effective on a gravel type road than a rake when trying to smooth tire ruts. Yes the York, Land Pride, and Frontier are of better quality, but if you have a problem with county line, TSC will make it right.
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    Box Blade

    Sounds to me like the best implement for your needs is a box blade.

    2012 1026r
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    47" FE Snowblower
    48" Xtreme Box Blade from EverythingAttachments.com

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    I initially thought of a box blade (and watched that same video) but the adjustment of the angle on the rake may make it easier to put the material in the center of the driveway where I want it. Others tractor owners I have spoke to locally have recommended the rake over the box blade for this purpose. The item #4 is crushed gravel with stone dust in it to harden it up for driveways and make it less susceptible to runoff but the material on the sides of the driveway is usually looser and more easily moved because it hasn't been packed as much. From my understanding the box blade may be overkill for this use and, in addition, the rake can more finely groom the driveway.
    2012 1026R, H120 FEL, 54D MMM w/auto-connect, JD 47" snowblower, 52" Ratchet Rake, 60" York Rake basic w/wheels

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    I don't see how a rake will do what you want to do efficiently, especially a 6 ft rake. I have use a land scape rake a considerable amount of time and although I have never used a box blade I would be inclined to think that is what you want. A 6 ft rake, IMO, will be too big, you have the power but will lack traction (weight of your tractor).

    I don't understand your statement "I'm wary of all the Cat 1 fits for the subcompact."????
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    I added the CAT1 statement in because the JD dealer I spoke to yesterday several times mentioned the 1026R hitch is a CAT 1L. L for limited because the width is not as wide as some older CAT 1's is what i gathered from his statement. So in looking for used rakes or box blades I'm wary of all listed as CAT1 hitches and will have to measure them to verify the width of the hitch.

    As for the 6' width rake you're probably right and that's one of the concerns I was getting at here. It may be too much to pull at 6' on the 1026. If I go back to considering a box blade I might as well keep doing the job with the FEL Ratchet Rake for all the time involved. Maybe I'm wrong but it's been my impression the box blade doesn't have the angle capacity a rake has so I'd be pulling material in the same fashion as the FEL Ratchet Rake. That is, 45-90 degrees into the center of the driveway. It would seem to me that driving the length of the driveway with an angled 3 point rake to gather material into the center for crowning would be the easiest method. But maybe I'm overestimating the use of the 3 point rake. As I said, I have no 3 point experience and am looking for all the advice you guys have to offer. Thanks.
    2012 1026R, H120 FEL, 54D MMM w/auto-connect, JD 47" snowblower, 52" Ratchet Rake, 60" York Rake basic w/wheels

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    I think what you really need is a Back Blade. Rake is good for leveling, not so good for displacing materials.
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    Like one of these babies with the optional flip down grade blade.

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    I personally use a 48" box blade for my driveway and 4 or 5 of my neighbors. It does this task very well. The only bad part is you have to constantly get off the tractor to adjust tilt and angle. I've redone several driveways and maintain these same driveways with sweeping turns that are on considerable inclines. Some 1 series owners have said they can pull a 5' BB without an issue. I do think I could pull a 54" most if not all the time. I think a 60" would be too much for the turns and inclines I deal with though. With the 48", I can load it up full of material and power is never an issue.

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    I don't have a rake and have never used one with a tractor. I can't give you any good advice about one from personal experience. XSKIER has one and has posted a video of him using it but I can't seem to locate it. Maybe he will see this thread and chime in. Or you could PM him...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselshadow View Post
    XSKIER has one and has posted a video of him using it but I can't seem to locate it. Maybe he will see this thread and chime in. Or you could PM him...

    http://www.greentractortalk.com/foru...cape-rake.html

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