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Harley powered Tractor or skidsteer

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by SWR11, Mar 23, 2003.

  1. SWR11

    SWR11 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    Okay looking for the vet of the business. Which is better running a harley power rake a skidsteer or a tractor. What are the
    advantages? Wich one is faster?
  2. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 988

    I carefully researched this very same thing prior to my purchase. I ended up with a compact tractor and a T-5 Harley Power Box Rake. My reasons:
    1 - rake on rear of tractor, bucket on front so I do not have to change implements to rake and load/haul off debris
    2 - I use the tractor for many other purposes
    - large area fertilizing, shredding, roadside mowing with a boom mower, grade work with traditional box blade
    3 - cost, a compact tractor with implements was substantially less where I live than a comparable horsepower skid steer.
  3. Mike Bradbury

    Mike Bradbury LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    What situations do you use the grader box instead of the power rake?

  4. Pard

    Pard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Go with the Tractor!!!!

    I have used both kinds and I found the one on the front of a skidsteer almost impossible to use unless the lawn is completely flat. The reason for this is because you cannot see the drum of the rake - so every thing has to be done by feel. Hope this helps.

  5. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 988

    Mike, I use my box blade a great deal for bulk movement of soil, distribution of gravel for road maintenance and for shaping work where contours are wanted in a design instead of flat surfaces.
    I follow this shaping with the pbr to clean any debris and then prep for either sod or seed.
  6. SWR11

    SWR11 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    Thanks Guys

    I' m going to stay with my tractor. She think's my tractor's sexy!!!!!!!:D :D :blob2:
  7. DaddyRabbit

    DaddyRabbit LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 937

    If the only thing you'll be doing is operating a harley rake then I'd say go Tractor, (Kubota). The skid steer is a royal pain in the *** backing up w/no way to see behind you, thank goodness for beepers. If you don't back up then you have the tracks of the tracks or tires in the newly graded area on a skid steer. However, if you're handling dirt, sod or grading then the skid steer will stomp the tractor. It does this very efficiently. I prefer tracks on skid steers, exp..Cat 257, yummy. If you will be only Landscaping then go w/the skid steer. If you plan to do things like rotary cutting or finish cutting then go w/the tractor.

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