Harley Rake or Rock hound

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by bishoplandscape, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. bishoplandscape

    bishoplandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 169

    Just curious what everyone likes better. Both about the same price wise. I usually use a harley rake because I can shave the ground more precise and the rock hound is great for getting everything real level and you don't have to rake up the rock piles at the end. What do you guys like to run on your skid steers?
     
  2. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Posts: 3,759

    rockhound does a great job. Can be VERY expensive to repair. My dealer quoted me about 5k to replace my tooth bars and chains on a model 6b. It's sitting, unusable because I don't want to spend that on bars and chains. Rest of rockhound in great condition but no bars, no work!
     
  3. tnmtn

    tnmtn LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE Tn.
    Posts: 1,021

    if there's a third option i have been very happy using a rotodairon. leaves a great level seedbed.
     
  4. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,396

    fix it yourself when you are slow...you really don't have anything to loose if its not making you money except the money for parts
     
  5. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Posts: 4,276

    The preparator is much better than a rock hound.

    My opinion is if you are seeding or Hydroseeding then a Harley is best.If you are mostly laying sod then a rock hound/ preparator is best.
     
  6. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,129

    I use the preparator for everything. Although in the heavy rock I think the Harley would be more efficient. Generally I don't think the Harley machines do as good of a job leveling.
     
  7. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Posts: 3,759

    $360 a tooth bar. They don't hold up is my point. The tooth bars wear out in the rock we have hear due to the strength of the hydro motor. I run mine at low engine rpm and it still binds up and breaks a chain or cracks a tooth bar. The tooth bars are not thick material. I used angle iron to give them "a spine" to help strengthen them and the angle iron cracked too. Bad design on the 6b. Too wide and too much flexing in my opinion. I figured I needed at least 13-15 bars plus 3 chains so that is why it is sitting. Too much money for a part time attachment.
     
  8. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Posts: 3,759

    what's the name of the brand name of preparator?
     
  9. bishoplandscape

    bishoplandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 169

    I was always big on Harley rake just because it rips through hard clay and your able to push a good amount of dirt with out cramming it in the bucket I also like to grade driveways so don’t want to remove any gravel. I asked everyone because I've been looking at new Harley rakes but I'm thinking instead of one new one I'm going to buy both used, because they both have their place
     
  10. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Posts: 4,276

    FFC is the company that makes them.
    KSSS speaks Highly of them.
    I still use my Harley rake but I want a a Preparator.It has a drum instaed of chains.
     

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