Harley rake

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by tthomass, Oct 4, 2007.

  1. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
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    Okie doke, I've got a T190 with lots of attachments but I would really like to pick up a rock hound. I'm not $8,000 'wanting' a rock hound though and used, well I'm not having much luck there.

    I have seen a harley rake but what I have not seen is one in use or used one. Looks like a rock hound without the bucket.

    Can somebody learn me up?
     
  2. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    A Harley and a rock hound are 2 different machines. Rock hounds are used while going in reverse to pick up rocks and debris in a hopper. A Harley, is a power box rake. It does collect and windrow rocks and debris to the end of the pass, but it doesn't collect them within itself. They are 2 fairly different attachments and while some guys try to argue which is better, I think they both have their pros and cons over the other.
     
  3. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
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    So I would use the harley rake to clear debris to the end of my pass. Line up my passes, ending the same place, use a bucket then to collect?

    From the very quick ebay pricing I just saw, harley seems a lot cheaper. I love a rock hound but damn, they're expensive.
     
  4. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Right, a Harley will collect them to the end of the pass, then you have to come back through and collect them with a bucket. Ideally, a rockhound would save a step, but they aren't quite as versatile.
     
  5. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
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    I see they have wheels..............any issues on uneven surfaces? Can you use it in reverse if need be?
     
  6. Sunscaper

    Sunscaper LawnSite Senior Member
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    A rockhound is only good for small areas. On a large area its more of a liability than anything considering time. I bought a harley in June used for
    $4k including shipping and the new 14 pin electric plug for my bobcat. I like it alot. I ran a preperator, rockhound, rockaway, and a harley when I had my business in PA. I chose the harley hands down. It scarifies, grades, widnrows, and doesn't rob topsoil all while moving FORWARD!! Hope this helps.
     
  7. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
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    Helping alot.

    How does it do with larger stone? You know how rockhounds are limited to about a 4" max. Really you don't see much more than a 4" stone in most appliations but the present job I have going on is nothing but a rock hill sprinkled with crap dirt.
     
  8. NHMan

    NHMan LawnSite Member
    from USA
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    Rock Hounds are generally good for 3/4"-6" diameter rock. If you would like to demo both on a job let me know Ill bring them both out with no obligation and go over them both with you. (NOVA here) I may have a used Rock Hound as well but will have to check when in the office tomorrow.
    Matt
     
  9. gammon landscaping

    gammon landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    send me some info on the used one if you don't mind
     
  10. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Posts: 3,496

    jack'n my thread and equip, dang!

    Sent PM.
     

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