Equipment Help Requested

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by sigh_ber, Feb 15, 2007.

  1. sigh_ber

    sigh_ber LawnSite Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 4

    Hi, All. What is the advantage of having a power rake to prepare a seed bed? Compared with a tiller set to cultivate shallowly? Thank you. -sigh
     
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ha! Are you kidding me? Nothing compares. If you can find one that has theflail type knives underneath, they work great. Very similar to a slit seeder, but just more knives. Even so, if you just sew your seed first, then go over it with this machine, as long as you are going at a steady speed withOUT stopping, you will have a good distribution and soil mixing of seed. You DO have to touch up the outer edges where the machine stops and lifts, though. We've used this method for many years, and it works great. granted, we also use a slitseeder, but for most soils - even some harder ones, it works just as well.
     
  3. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Slit seeders will do a good job if there use correctly. You need to run across the lawn in one direction and then go over again in another direction north, south then east, west for the best seeding.
     
  4. muddstopper

    muddstopper LawnSite Silver Member
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    There are all types of equipment to perpare a seed bed. It boils down to how much money you are willing to spend, and how well of a job you wish to do. For the verybest in seed bed prep, a cultirotor with a seedbox and cultipacker will give you the absolute best performance. A cultirotor is very similar to a tiller in that it actually tears up the soil. They come with different types of cutting tines, rangeing to the common curved tiller tines to straight tines with cutting edges. The seed box is mounted behind the rotor and in front of the cultipacker. This attachment will ripup the soil, plant the seed, and firmly establish seed to soil contact in one pass. These attachments are also very expensive to purchase, prices rangeing from around $6000 on up to $30-$40000. Also, most of the manufacturers of this type of equipment are located in Europe. Kasco, makes a machine similar, except it relies on coultier disk to cut up the soil instead of a pto powered rotor. Landpride and several other manufactuers sell a pto powered slit seeder that also has the cultipacker and seed box. The later machines do not pulverise the soil nowhere near the extent that a cultirotor will, but they are a lot more friendlier for overseeding exsisting lawns. An excellent alternative is to till the soil with a tiller and then use a brillion type seed drill. The results will be very similar to what a cultirotor will do, the only difference is you will need to make seperate passes with each attachment, meaning it will take twice as long. Brillion drills are available in different widths and in 3pt, tow behind and even skidsteer mount. Smaller brillion drills can actually be towed with atv's and larger ones with pickup trucks if you so choose.

    Might also be worth noteing that a 8 ft brillion can seed close to 50 acres a day, just incase you need some speed on extra large areas.
     
  5. sigh_ber

    sigh_ber LawnSite Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 4

    OK, thank you very much for your kind advice. I've been comparing Deere, NewHolland, and Kubota for my new tractor and settled on the Deere 2520 after carefully reviewing specs. I can hardly wait, even though there is still 2 feet of heavily-crusted snow on the ground.
     

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