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Has anyone done any grading/leveling or prepping for a lawn with a landscape rake on your x7--?? Im at the point that I need to get my yard prepped, and I am wondering if my x730 will have the oomph to get the job done.
 

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Has anyone done any grading/leveling or prepping for a lawn with a landscape rake on your x7--?? Im at the point that I need to get my pard prepped, and I am wondering if my x730 will have the oomph to get the job done.
I've been doing some extensive grading and prepping of my yard using a 1025R with a box blade and 60" Woods rake. You should have no problem pulling a landscape rake with an X730. The key for me to getting it level, was the installation of a wheel kit. Without wheels, the tractor would follow the undulations and exaggerate them each pass of the rake. I did some major grading in my backyard last summer and struggled to get it level without wheels, so I ordered a wheel kit before starting this year's project in the front yard. Wheels make a world of difference.

Anyways, an x730 should have more than ample power and traction to handle a 5' rake.
 

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I don't have a landscape rake but I do have a box blade. It won't have a problem pulling it. The biggest issue is going to be the limited Cat 1 or in your case probably Cat 0 3pt. When they say they are limited it means that it is limited range of movement. If you are using it on level ground it will be fine. If you are getting into hilly areas you may find you have a hard time with lifting it high enough if that makes sense.

While I have an older X585 it is the same size machine as current X7xx machines. I have limited Cat1 3pt.

Getting back to the pulling, the box blade is a lot harder to pull and I have had it completely full of dirt. To the point where when I lift it, I can't steer because too much weight is off the front wheels. That brings up another point. If you are doing a lot with a landscape rake, you might want to add some front weight. I have a FEL so I just pickup a load of dirt or mulch. It isn't that the rake is that heavy, it just hangs pretty far off the back of the machine and leverage will work a bit against you.
 

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Pt, I've got a 5' rake on the back of my 317. Although I've repowered to an 18 hp B&S, I'm less than your 25 hp X730. I've had no problems pulling my rake, whether through grass gravel, or whatever! As mentioned, a minor problem could be the front end gets light and steering can become difficult. I keep my 54 blade on the front and no problems steering...plus the 317 has independent wheel brakes which will assist steering. You'll loose traction before you loose power... and that's not going to happen with a rake. Bob
 

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The only issue you will likely have will be traction if the soil conditions are wet and frankly, you would not want to try to rake or grade anything when the ground is wet or you will just make a mess of things.

The L&G tractors will pull more than most people realize. I doubt the rake will even challenge the x730. At worst, you may need to push the differential lock pedal.

When trying to get a nice grade, stick with the slow and steady approach. Using the rake is actually fun as you can see the impact as you work. I recently used a box blade and rake to change the grade in a neighbors back yard as everything sloped towards their house and they had water getting into the basement. Fortunately, I was able to use the box blade and switch the grade away from the house and also cut a taper so the water would also run towards the rear yard and it worked. No more water in the basement after years of fighting it. :good2:

You definitely want to pay attention to grades and slopes in the lawn so you don't inadvertently create problems.
 

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Thanks so much guys!

I am going to buy the 3 pt hitch this week, and that woods rake looks like the one for me! I do have a FEL (Little Buck) so I should be OK on the front weight.

This is for a virgin piece of land that I cleared this past week. Roughly 125x50 ish... I got most of the larger roots and rocks out, now I just want to do some fine grading and get the little stuff out.
 

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I pull a rake all the time with my X580 and sleeve hitch. It's my go to attachment for any number of things, and with HDAPs there are no traction issues at all. An X7xx should have no problems.
 
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