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    Gold Member Mike_Kanzer's Avatar
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    Default Arena Drag

    Slightly out of the ordinary attachment question-
    Does anyone have any experience with a Riata ranch II arena drag? It is a pull behind arena drag with vertical spikes and a metal "comb"-like attachment that levels and grooms a horse arena. It attaches to a 2" ball attached to the tractor's drawbar. I'm thinking of getting one for my 80 x 180 sand ring. Any experience with this?

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    Default Re: Arena Drag

    Have you also looked at the TR3 rake Welcome to Absolute Innvoations: Manufacturer of the TR3 Rake.
    I have not used either but I am looking for a rake also.

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    Default Re: Arena Drag

    The TR3 has the advantage of being a 3pt hitch drag and also has an additional floating or fixed drag bar. The biggest problem is the price. The 5ft model which supposedly would work on my tractor (70" wheel base) was quoted at 3750$ with an optional 150$ edge scraper (free shipping). The Riata RII (7ft) is 2650$ inclusive of shipping. TR3 will not quote you a price on their web site. When you call them their reps are pretty aggressive about their product, though I know it is a very good drag.

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    Default Re: Arena Drag

    you might also look at the "arenavator" i think around 2000.00 made by gearmore. my knock off works great ...jon

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    Default Re: Arena Drag

    The Riata does not have much digging power for packed ground; would be fine for pure sand but for that it is overpriced. theTR3 is better for packed ground but you might also look at the Arena Dragon at arenadragon.com. It cost much less than the TR3 and Riata. I am the manufacturer of them and we have been using them for 7 years now. It is very easy to operate and maintain. The prices are listed on the web site.

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    Default Re: Arena Drag

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_Kanzer
    The TR3 has the advantage of being a 3pt hitch drag and also has an additional floating or fixed drag bar. The biggest problem is the price. The 5ft model which supposedly would work on my tractor (70" wheel base) was quoted at 3750$ with an optional 150$ edge scraper (free shipping). The Riata RII (7ft) is 2650$ inclusive of shipping. TR3 will not quote you a price on their web site. When you call them their reps are pretty aggressive about their product, though I know it is a very good drag.
    I have a TR3 and love it. I suspect they have pretty aggressive end-of-quarter or end-of-year pricing - I got mine around xmas for much less than that.

    -Brian
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    Default Re: Arena Drag

    hello! i know this thread is old, but we are looking for an arena drag and i found this thru googling.
    question, how much is "much less" that you purchased the TR3 for around Christmas time? and is the only way to purchase this thru their web site?
    thanks for the info, i have printed out company information on TR3, Riata, Handozer and Arena Dragon!

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    Default Re: Arena Drag

    Another arena drag to consider is the Red Master Harrow. We have two of them, a single row and a double row with the paddle wheel, and we find they work great. Our arenas have a compacted DG base with sand over, and we've mixed Nike Airfoot with the sand to hold moisture and provide more cush.

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    Default Re: Arena Drag

    I've got a TR3 that I use for my neighbor's dirt arena and our sand arena. With the sand arena I take out the teeth and replace them with the profile blade to keep from disturbing the base. With it tilted back (I use a hydraulic top-link), the comb does a good job.

    For dirt, it's not as good as the teeth are spaced pretty far apart. Unless you make multiple passes, you end up with a nice surface with a washboard underneath. I've found that one pass with the TR3 to break up the compaction, a second pass with a tiller to smooth out the washboard, and a third pass with the TR3 to smooth/level the surface works best.

    Dirt arenas are cheaper, but more work to maintain correctly. Sand arenas are expensive, but easire to maintain. I'm also very picky about footing....

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    Default Re: Arena Drag

    TR3 Rake Arena Drag by ABI Equine >>> Best Selling Arena Equipment

    There are newer options available...

    But I recommend a set of the blade teeth are use mostly in the landscaping industry and mount below the leveling blade. They extend 2 inches below the grade. The teeth allow loose sand to flow through as rocks and debris collect in the blade.

    With the scarifiers raised...the blade teeth will massage the top 2 inches of the area surface...

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