Drag ideas

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by ToroMaster, Aug 14, 2005.

  1. ToroMaster

    ToroMaster LawnSite Member
    from Neenah
    Posts: 53

    i need ideas from people that install lawns that need to use a drag to make a perfectly smooth lawn. after using the harley rake i always have areas that need to be smoothed out. right now i use two large chains behind my lawn mowers but that sucks.
     
  2. Mancinioldhorse

    Mancinioldhorse LawnSite Member
    Posts: 69

    I used an old stripped box spring mattress...throw an old tire on it and it works just fine.
     
  3. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

    When I did baseball fields I used one that was made out of large threaded bolts run down through Iron. It was actually a tray looking device that could could a 55 gallon drum that had been sawed in half that sat on top of it on its side or weights. (I used to place the bags of gypsum I needed to line with on top) It had two eyelets on the front of the drag itself with a chain connected to those and I'd weight it to drive the needles deeper and just flip it over to smooth with draging the chain from a ball hitch on a small truck. Filled in low spots well and so forth. Someone else built it and the only thing I would have changed would have been the chain to a drawbar so I could back up with it if I wanted to. Still used a screen drag to finish with before play.
     
  4. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Posts: 4,900

    weld a small frame attachment to it and they work pretty well for picking up medium size rocks and you can just "shake them out" in a corner to be picked up later.
     
  5. orionkf

    orionkf LawnSite Member
    Posts: 122

    How about a section of old chain link fencing, with weights? Never tried it, just an idea.
     
  6. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,957


    orionkf

    I have had good luck with the chain link fence. I use two RR Ties with the fence in between I also use Cinder blocks on the first few rounds for extra weight.

    If there is a lot of dirt to level out, I will flip the RR ties so the fence is on top and pull it like a box blade to level the ground.
     
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    I drag a harrow rake on the infields and warning tracks. It is 2 directional. You pull it one way and the ^ shaped prongs dig in and the drag stands up a bit. You pull it the other direction and they lay down and it runs smoother.
    http://www.wikco.com/Harrow.html
     
  8. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,563

    those harrow rakes are really nice. we used one when we had our motocross track... worked fantastic..
     

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