HArley Vs Rockhound

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by SWR11, Mar 17, 2003.

  1. SWR11

    SWR11 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    What's up What are the benefits of a rockhound?

    I can't find a picture of one.

    I leaning toward's The HARLEY due to their rep

    Any comments would be appreciated

  2. site

    site LawnSite Member
    Messages: 168

    The harley will screen the top inch or two of soil and leave the tailings in a windrow. the rockhound will pick the debris off the top without screening. The harley leaves a better seedbed, but generates more tailings and costs more. I own a harley. I would not consider a rockhound for myself.
  3. SWR11

    SWR11 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    Thanks site for your input
    What rate do you charge for rake?10 square foot or 60.00Hr
    Which do you think is more profitable?

    Thanks again
  4. greenngrow

    greenngrow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 403

    Get the harley and forget the rest....
  5. site

    site LawnSite Member
    Messages: 168

    I usually go by the square foot after seeing the sub grade. It will probably be safer to go by the hour until you get the feel for it.
  6. SWR11

    SWR11 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    Thanks Site

    How long does it take to get a good feel for it?
  7. DaddyRabbit

    DaddyRabbit LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 937

    Count on at least one complete planting season.
  8. SWR11

    SWR11 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    Seams awfully long, Well I guess we will have to see.
    Thanks for the help everyone.
  9. chaos270

    chaos270 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    If you have a large skid steer a FFC Preperator is an option. I must emphasize large though as the preperator rakes the rock into the bucket. your machine then must be able to lift the 1100# preperator and all the rock in the bucket to a dump-able height. The machine does a pretty solid job in our rocky CT soil. If you skim the lawn with loam and make two passes at diagnals you can achieve a near flawless seed bed.
    As for the learning curve I would give it a season.
    I think!!! the rockhound is the same as Bobcats Landscape Rake if that is true it has a lot of moving parts that are exposed directly to the dirt something I personally try to avoid.
    Back to the Harley I like their product and am considering one for when I purchase a TLB.
  10. worthbrown

    worthbrown LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    I think the learning curve is a little less to do a good job. I turned a guy loose yesterday that has never used a harley, but is mechanically inclined. In one day he has pretty much figured it out. Granted, he will be much better at it after one season, but he did a good job. It probably took him longer than it should have, but if you can run a bobcat, you can use a harley.

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