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How do you clean up apples, walnuts..and so on

michmoldman

LawnSite Member
Location
Corunna Mi
Hey all! I am not trying to sell anything, but I have a question for you all. I invented something about 7 yrs. ago that I use all the time to rake my apples in my yard before I mow. It used to take forever to rake my apples, but now only takes a few minutes. I can also use this on pinecones, walnuts, rocks...whatever. My question is what does everyone here use to clean this stuff from yards, if at all? I am thinking of putting my product into production, but thought I would get some feedback first.
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deerewashed

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Wilton ct
got a pick.....i have 4 properties with 4 or more apple trees....damn things piss me off and i get stung at least three times trying to clean them up....bees love dem apples......i wish they could carry them...haha. so pics please
 
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michmoldman

LawnSite Member
Location
Corunna Mi
Here is a pic. I know its hard to tell about something until you use it, but like I said, I have used mine for about 7 years. I was a welder for 13 years, and thought it up and welded it myself. Everyone I let use it...loves it! I made it from aluminum, with the handle just bolted on...no screw in crap! This one is about 24" wide, but I have another that is 30" wide and is even faster at raking! I am in the process of writing my own patent. Oh, and one great thing about this is it rakes up rotten apples too!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3507/3908912317_6b092b57c8.jpg
 

AOD

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Filosofem Hill
It kind of looks like a modified roof snow rake. Looks like it'd work pretty well to make piles, then clam them up with a FEL and to a dump truck.

A turf sweeper might also work, but those things are more trouble than their worth, a big, overcomplicated money pit.
 
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michmoldman

LawnSite Member
Location
Corunna Mi
maybe a better pic would help us see how it works right now it just kind of looks like a snow shovel
Yes I know it doesnt show much. I will be making a short video of it raking apples, nuts, pinecones, rocks...whatever else I can find, then anyone interested could get a better idea. Its more of a "hands on" kinda tool. I show people, they arent too interested till they try it. I own a business in another field right now, but for years this little voice in my head has been telling me to try selling these, so I gotta do it. Truthfully, I couldnt imagine going without my rake come apple time.
 
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michmoldman

LawnSite Member
Location
Corunna Mi
It kind of looks like a modified roof snow rake. Looks like it'd work pretty well to make piles, then clam them up with a FEL and to a dump truck.

A turf sweeper might also work, but those things are more trouble than their worth, a big, overcomplicated money pit.
Yes they are very similar. I would imagine a snow rake is longer and wider...but they are similar. My first rake (which I still use) is 30" long, and I just duct-taped it to a handle before I thought up a way to attach them so they would be real sturdy. I still use it, and it is still duct taped.
 
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