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3pt vs skid steer Harley rake

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by TJLinc, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. TJLinc

    TJLinc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    So, my whole life/career I have run the Harley rake on the front of my skid steer. Well, this weekend I borrowed a friend of mines 3 point harley rake to run behind my JD 3203. HOLY COW!! I have been missing out all these years! Am I the only one that feels this way? I would guess that 19 out of every 20 harley rakes I see are skid steer mounted. I thought the 3 pt worked faster and left a smoother finished product than the skid steer mount. I'd love to know what everybody else thinks about the subject.
     
  2. TJLinc

    TJLinc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    Did I post this in the wrong forum? I thought this would be a great conversation/debate starter.
     
  3. All I've used is a skid steer mount, that's all I know.
     
  4. Landscraper1

    Landscraper1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Southeastern Ma.
    Posts: 755

    The 3 pt hitch Harley is very easy to use. You just set the height, drop it, and go. You need much more skill to use it on a skid steer. As far as to which is better, if you have large open areas, the 3 pt. If you have odd shaped or smaller lots the skid steer.

    Over all I would take the skid steer. It's more versatile.
     
  5. TJLinc

    TJLinc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    Interesting that you say skid steer for curves and slopes. I find it to be the opposite. I like the skid steer for wide open areas and the 3pt for everything else. I brought my skid steer rake home to do my yard and just could not get it the way I thought it should be. So I borrowed a 3pt rake and was shocked at how easy it was to use. Also liked that the dust was behind me. I have used that same 3pt rake on a couple of job sites this week and still feel that it is a superior tool. Another minor thing that I like is the fact that my tractor weighs significantly less than my skid steer so it is easier to tow to far away job sites.
     
  6. Landscraper1

    Landscraper1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Southeastern Ma.
    Posts: 755

    I never said "curves and slopes". I said "odd shapes and small lots". I am referring to areas around decks and other obstacles, where you can easily get in and out of, with a skid steer. Also, the skid steer can work forward or backward. The 3 pt only works forward.
     
  7. TNGrassCutter

    TNGrassCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,321

    All I've used is skid steer. It does just as good as guys with 3pt on lots beside me. With a cab the dust doesn't bother me too bad. But try running one with no front wheels, now that's a challenge!
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  8. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I never could see the point of a Harley rake But I guess that's all you have use what you got
    I know I'll never own one to install lawns a tiller on a tractor does a better job
    I use a 7ft Turf Shaper behind a tractor it leaves a smooth grade with a deep seed bed What is the depth a Harley rake leave maybe a 1'' (ones I seen being used) They was designed to bust clods

    Tractor vs Skid steer I can see the tractor will be faster that's for sure
     
  9. Landscraper1

    Landscraper1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Southeastern Ma.
    Posts: 755

    Harley rake being compared to a tiller??? 2 very different pieces of equipment. You obviously have never worked with one.
     
  10. TJLinc

    TJLinc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    I agree with you, Landscaper. I think that a tiller is entirely to deep. I'm sure that it prepares a great seed bed but entirely to soft to keep smooth after a mower rides across it, or a ride on spreader for that fact.
     

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