Landpride or Harley power rake. Need opinions and testimonials

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by greenngrow, Sep 20, 2002.

  1. greenngrow

    greenngrow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 403

    Have been through the searches and checked out both web sites. Checked with local dealers and got the prices. The prices are about the same. Only a couple of hundred seperates the two units. The Landpride is a little cheaper and the dealer is closer.

    I need some of your hands on experiences. I am looking at purchasing in the next couple of weeks.
  2. DaddyRabbit

    DaddyRabbit LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 937

    I too am having the same quandary as you. I am looking at the T-6 Harley Rake and the Landpride unit. Both units are very similar in design as I am sure the Landpride copied the Harley rake. I can purchase the Landpride unit for $4900.00 and the Harley for $6200.00 so the price so indicates to go w/Landpride where I'm concerned. I believe both units will do an outstanding job. I would definitely go w/the carbide teeth. I even looked at the pirrannah unit as well but was scared as to it being to green/new in the market. I have no testimonial to offer only food for thought, hope it helps. Let us know what it is you picked out and good luck to you.
  3. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,915

    I purchased the Harley Rake this spring. I love it. It works awesome and is built decent, fell off the trailer going around a corner and nothing happened to it, I was just a little embarassed. I thought it was tied down tight but I guess not. Oops! Anyway, I haven't used any other brand but my dealer and I thought it was pretty well built so I went with it. Works awesome for preparing seed bed and finish grading. I've used it to rough grade some clay and then spread the topsoil around also. Normally I will spread out topsoil with the bucket and then put the rake on to start getting grade and finish work. I go behind with a rake to smooth in the skidsteer tracks and your done. The more I get used to it the faster and better I get with it. Don't be discouraged in the beginning, it takes a little getting used to for you to be efficient with it. I paid right around $6200 or $6300 for it.
  4. site

    site LawnSite Member
    Messages: 168

    Look for threaded replaceable teeth- not a big deal now, but It sure beats welding on new teeth when they wear down. I think this option is available on the harley. I didn't think about it until too late (just bought the harley three weeks ago). I have tried both, but don't have enough hours on either one to adequately compare. Close service and low price helps. Whichever you choose will help you do a professional job.
  5. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,276

    They do take a little practice - this is the 4th season for our Harley, and I'd say I'm pretty proficient at it.

    Good design, very tough. The replaceable teeth is a good idea, but after 4 years we've still got most of the tooth life left on ours.

    I can start with a lot that has 2' high weeds and have it down to bare, tilled soil in just a little while.

    As for dealer support, I've blown out a hydro hose once - pretty much any farm or tractor place could've fixed it. (Or I could've done it myself) I'm not sure what else could go wrong - clean, simple design.

    Buy a hydroseeder and you'll have all you need to crank out tons of seeding projects.
  6. Mow&Snow

    Mow&Snow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 335

    Does anyone use one on a tractor, or only a skidsteer?
  7. greenngrow

    greenngrow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 403

    Thanks for all the input.

    Let go into a little more deapth. The equipment that I already have are a TC 33D New Holland Tractor, a Beefco power seeder amd tiller. The power rake just looks like I can get the soil prepared so much faster than I am now.

    The next concern is the weight of the rake will my tractor be able to handle the Lanpride. In the pictures I don't see counter wheels on the back like the Harley.

    The Cheapest I have found the Landpride Pr2572 is 5700.00 and the Harley Pro 6 is 5999.00

    Hey Stone, as for the hydroseeder it coming next week. I have worked out a deal that is sweet. I have a seed dealer that is a dealer for a good hydro seeder. They don't have anyone to demo the units. So I am going to demo the units for the Company for the use of the unit. No $$$$ down. Now how sweet can that be?????

    I am leaning toward the Harley but the dealer is over 90 miles away. They do have the unit in stock and could be working lawns next week.

    I will keep you guys posted. Thanks again.
  8. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Messages: 1,625

    This is from Landpride's web site Gauge Wheels
    16.5" x 6.5" Air Tires with Sealant and 3/4" Roller Bearings and Spacer Height Adjustment.

    We have 2 Landpride units, no major problems with them, we did have the tires soild filled. We are going to make one of the units laser controlled this winter (single plane).

    You should be well served with either unit, I just wish Landpride would make a 8' unit with the tooth model.
  9. greenngrow

    greenngrow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 403

    Well Guys I bought the Harley T6 today. This thing is the trick.

    I can't say enough good things about the machine. It will make things go much faster and a whole lot easier. NO MORE PICKING UP ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!

    My guys looked at each other said that "They just lost thier jobs. I wouldn't need them anymore." This maybe true. No they are good young and full of p###.

    Just wanted all the replies to know the great news.....
  10. MLI

    MLI LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 464

    Can you run these rakes over existing lawns without having to pickup debri? ie......sod,rocks.....sticks etc. Does it just till it all under the surface?

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