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Type of rake

Post by snoopdog » Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:57 pm

My grandpa used to say," nobody should rake hay without they've baled hay first", and I'll have to say, I agree with him. My sweet and lovely has been putting up such an effort this hay season, has never raked before. We use a rollerbar, and it takes technique for all the naysayers with v rakes. I am just happy to have help, and after about 30 acres of chewings, she's getting it!. Gonna be a good year for hay, we've had some laughs, cause she doesn't bow down, half irish, half cherokee, she puts me in my place, at the proper time.


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Re: Type of rake

Post by kenny thomas » Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:59 pm

I even hate my own raking so hard to hire someone. I don't like my v-rake but the New Holland 256 is slow.
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Re: Type of rake

Post by sim.-ang.king » Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:37 pm

The rollerbars are slow, but they sure make a pretty window when done right.
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Re: Type of rake

Post by gcreekrch » Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:13 pm

My wife is head rake person. We use single wide rotary rakes and have to be careful not to rake over a rock. She whips these kids into shape pretty quick. Could not ask for better windrows!
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Re: Type of rake

Post by chevytaHOE5674 » Sun Jun 30, 2019 7:03 am

Started making hay with roller bar rake and it did an ok job but it really liked to rope the hay, also not very quick.

Went to a 13' rotary and it made the nicest fluffiest windrows that would dry down awesome and baling was a pleasure but also was slow. Also had a lot of moving mechanical parts to it.

Have a 12 wheel carted v-rake now and it does a job about the roller bar but man is it fast. I do just about everything myself and it is the only way possible I can rake 40+ acres of hay and get it baled in the same day. Also it is stupid simple, no pto/gears/ujoints/etc to have to worry about.

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Re: Type of rake

Post by snoopdog » Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:23 am

chevytaHOE5674 wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 7:03 am
Started making hay with roller bar rake and it did an ok job but it really liked to rope the hay, also not very quick.

Went to a 13' rotary and it made the nicest fluffiest windrows that would dry down awesome and baling was a pleasure but also was slow. Also had a lot of moving mechanical parts to it.

Have a 12 wheel carted v-rake now and it does a job about the roller bar but man is it fast. I do just about everything myself and it is the only way possible I can rake 40+ acres of hay and get it baled in the same day. Also it is stupid simple, no pto/gears/ujoints/etc to have to worry about.
I know I'll have to get another eventually, it is slow in a big field, especially for a one person operation.
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Re: Type of rake

Post by cowrancher75 » Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:04 pm

love my v rake.. best thing on the farm. hook it and it does what its supposed to.

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Re: Type of rake

Post by kenny thomas » Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:34 pm

cowrancher75 wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:04 pm
love my v rake.. best thing on the farm. hook it and it does what its supposed to.
Mine is useless in weedy hay or things like Johnson grass.
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Re: Type of rake

Post by Aaron » Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:00 pm

Rake everything double with 256 every year on all 280 acres. It really slows a day down, but I am not ready to splurge on the Vermeer 2800 until I can find a steal of a deal. As with the haybine, if I was to put an upkeep cost on the rake for the number of acres it does, the cost would be less than 50 cents an acre each year.
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