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Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by alldayrj, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. nnusskern

    nnusskern LawnSite Member
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    Are they hydraulic or pto driven
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  2. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Ahhh touche. At least one was PTO. So i guess i need a hydro one at a minimum
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  3. Hollowellreid

    Hollowellreid LawnSite Senior Member
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    That looks like it did a great job
    There, i'd like one as well.

    What do people think Harley rake vs. FCC preparator?
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  4. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Is that similar to. Rockhound?
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  5. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Just got a video loaded from when i was still figuring it out
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  6. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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  7. JNB Construction

    JNB Construction LawnSite Senior Member
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    The tractor (3 pt) versions are all pto driven.
     
  8. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
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    Always use it in float and adjust the height by using the tilt/curl function of your skid. Don't go in reverse its a waste of time and its too hard to look where your going and adjust the height of the rake. You will end up digging in and mess up what you have done. When going over freshly spread top soil, go over it twice maybe 3 times, if your going more than that your doing something wrong. Go over the area in one direction then on the next pass go perpendicular to the passes you just made. On the 3rd pass go on a 45deg angle to what your last pass was. Going over the entire area in the same exact direction more than once is a waste of time. No need to ever adjust the height of the wheels and the power tilt function is kind of useless, when its tilted all the way to one side it makes one side of the drum dig into the ground more and will mess up your nice level lawn. I disabled ours with a metal bar.

    Here is a video I made a few weeks ago of me using our harley rake with our track machine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRd0L7CthIQ

    If you think a harley rake is really nice on a wheeled machine try it on a track machine. Its a 1000% better.

    I also use it to regrade gravel driveways and to rip up lawns amongst other things. Its one of my favorite tools and most useful. We used to have a york rake and a rockhound. This runs circles around those and does a better job hands down. Its paid for its self hundreds if not thousands of times over for us, just in the time it saves for hand raking.
     
  9. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Thanks Tom I saw your video the other day when cruising for videos to learn from. On a job that size it must be great. This job was almost too small.


    How is it on gravel? Do the teeth ever need replacing? Anything to look for on a used one when buying?
     
  10. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
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    Its great on gravel. Use it all the time to regrade and smooth out rutted/ pot holed gravel driveways. Our rake is 10+ years old and we have never replaced the teeth. Ours is missing a few but it doesn't seam to matter. Check out the drive chain and drive chain box when buying used. Its not in the best spot, tends to get beat up. In the 10+ years of owning ours we have snapped the drive chain once and gotten 100's of flat tires. Thats about it. It sure takes a beating and it has held up extremely well in my opinion.
     

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