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OK..... So I've had this rattling around in my head a while. Now finely got it together..... So to speak....

I built a 5' yard thatch rake for my universal 3pt tool bar. It is simple enough and seems to work well enough. I plan to work on a front 3pt hitch (European style) so I can use it ahead of the mower deck....

I used JD hay baler pickups (about $1.75) and bent the last inch forward into the direction of travel. It is set up to cut about 3/4" deep and seem quite aggressive as it is now. With my rough, rocky yard it won't hurt to stir it up and help level it a little.

The white cord is a length of old cloths line cable through the springs so if one breaks, I don't find it again stuck in a tire. I had some yellow paint to use up before it turned completely solid, so thank you for not mentioning I'm the worlds worst painter..... I already know....

Good luck....
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Have to admit......

Been there/done that with the broken hay pick up tine in a tire.......

It was many years ago, but the incident wasn't pleasant or forgettable.....

Contrary to what my kids think..... I have learned a little over the years....

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As impressive as all of the fabrication is, like this one, I'm always really impressed with the little details as well. The piece of line that would capture any broken tines is a great idea. :thumbup1gif:
Do the tines typically always break above the spring winding? I'm just thinking that if the tines are prone to breakage, any tines that break off below the spring coil will not be retained by the rope.
 

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Do the tines typically always break above the spring winding? I'm just thinking that if the tines are prone to breakage, any tines that break off below the spring coil will not be retained by the rope.
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This is correct..... I have seen them break anywhere from right next to the mounting bolt to 1/4 of a turn up from the strait part of the shaft...... Can't say as I've seen like half the strait shaft gone without part of a spring coil.....

So hopefully there is enough of the coil to fish hook onto the retaining wire and I catch it before it reappears in a tire.......
That's what I'm going to hope for...... Because I'm using them a lot more aggressively than just picking up hay lying in/on the stubble.....

Good luck
 
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