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I was just introduced to the concept of power rakes. I have 18 acres, about 60% of it is open, rutted and a bit rocky. As I mow it with my JD3720 and Frontier RC2060 cutter, I am constantly (and I mean CONSTANTLY) being rolled, dipped and moved about in the seat. Anything over about 3 mph is unsafe as I can either be thrown off (yes I wear my seatbelt) or the FEL is being banged around due to the ruts, etc. After mowing, I am physically tired from all the gyrations. Even at slower speed, I am still moving about in my seat. Would a power rake be the implement to smooth out the ruts and give me a new surface to deal with? I am also wondering if those that do have a power rake use it truly enough to justify ownership, or is it something that would best be rented? Even if it is used for 20 hours (3 days of use at say $200 a day) it is not a small investment. But for those that own one, do you find that you are going over the same areas to maintain your grounds as erosion and other things have a tendancy to change the landscape? If that is the case, ownership is not out of the question for me, it's just a matter of practicality. To me it looks like an implement that is used more by landscapers to initially smooth over an area of ground. I'm just wondering if it is something for a landowner to also use in day to day or even month to month operations.

Thanks for any input you can give.
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I have an old beat up power rake ( ATI 686 Preseeder), a landscape rake and a land plane.. My 2 cents:

A power rake is the tool of choice for preparing land for grass but as you've found they have a hefty price tag new. They are generally only used by pros because of the cost. The fact that small businesses in a very competitive industry buy them despite the price tag should give you an idea of how well they work! As long as the overall contour of the site is ok, they will take care of small imperfections like tire and smaller runoff ruts. If you have ruts more than 6-8" wide and deep it may need help.

After the lawn is done the power rake is out of a job, in the grass anyway. Thay are VERY good for gravel driveway maintenance. This is hard on them and your wear parts will feel it. Oh, and when used on gravel they are REALLY loud!!! Beyond that it would sit most of the time. If you can find one cheap enough It'd make that 18 acres go about as fast it could be done and you'd have a great surface for your seed.

The landscape rake (with gage wheels) does a good job but it's work to get the original turf broken through. Something a little more aggresive to break up the sod the first few passes would make it go faster. A land plane or box blade with scarifiers would be good to get the sod broken up with my money on the land plane as a better all around impliment.
Once the sod is broken through, the landscape rake will move it around as you wish and will smooth and level the remaining dirt very well. I've never used a box blade for grass prep so can't help there.

Another option, and the way I'd strongly cosider if it were my land, is not to remove the original sod at all and just spread dirt across the whole area, filling in the ruts but leaving the "good" spots more or less intact. This will get the grass back way faster than seeding and keep your root structure in place for some errosion control. If you go that route a landscape rake would be the ticket. It's a tool you'll find plenty of work for after this job is done.

Any way you do it, looks like you have plenty of seat time ahead of you:beer:

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