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    Gold Member CWP37's Avatar
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    Default Pasture Drag

    Any other options to: break up manure / de-thatch / aerate a coastal bermuda pasture? The animals tear it up pretty bad in the winter.

    I'm looking at a harrow drag mat from Northern Tool, but I figure it might get clogged up pretty bad.

    I used a landscape rake last year and it seemed to work pretty well. Didn't really aerate as well as I'd like, though.
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    Default Re: Pasture Drag

    I've got a Maybridge chain harrow 8'8" that I drag my pastures with. I really like it.

    Really wish I had got the 3 PT version though. Would be nice to lift once in a way.

    Really works well to break manure piles up. It's ok for areation.
    Current: Kubota M7040 cab, hydraulic shuttle, Kubota M20 loader (made by ALO), LandPride RCR1872 rotary cutter, Horst bale spears & forks, Woods HB72 box blade, Kodiak 7' rake, Walco cultivator, chain harrow, Meteor 74" pull style blower

    Traded: Kubota L3400, LA473 HST (300 hrs), and various attachments

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    Default Re: Pasture Drag

    How many acres? I pull a 15' Aerway across our hay meadows and grazing pastures twice a year. Once in the Spring and then again in Fall. The Aerway does the aeration and then I have a 15' drag harrow behind that to scatter manure, stimulate the roots and help smooth the field. I rent the Aerway from a local Feed and Seed. I have noticed a marked improvement in our topsoil w/ use of this implement.
    Can't do what I NEED to do for doing what I HAVE to do...WANT to do? what's that?

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    Default Re: Pasture Drag

    I use a Marten's spike tooth harrow and did exactly what you described. In fact that is a picture of my machine on the bottom of the page. I bought based off of a recommendation from this site, primarily to cut up and spread horse manure and renovate and help jump start some pasture growth after the terrible summer we had. It has worked well. Furthermore, Mr. Marten (yes, you get to deal directly with him) is a VERY good person to work with.
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    Default Re: Pasture Drag

    I use a Marten's spike tooth harrow and did exactly what you described. In fact that is a picture of my machine on the bottom of the page. I bought based off of a recommendation from this site, primarily to cut up and spread horse manure and renovate and help jump start some pasture growth after the terrible summer we had. It has worked well. Furthermore, Mr. Marten (yes, you get to deal directly with him) is a VERY good person to work with.

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    Default Re: Pasture Drag

    Mark - thats quite a nice setup.
    Current: Kubota M7040 cab, hydraulic shuttle, Kubota M20 loader (made by ALO), LandPride RCR1872 rotary cutter, Horst bale spears & forks, Woods HB72 box blade, Kodiak 7' rake, Walco cultivator, chain harrow, Meteor 74" pull style blower

    Traded: Kubota L3400, LA473 HST (300 hrs), and various attachments

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    Default Re: Pasture Drag

    Quote Originally Posted by canoetrpr
    Mark - thats quite a nice setup.
    Thanks. It has worked very well so far. The teeth are replaceble and held in place by one bolt/nut. Mr. Marten keeps tons in stock and will ship them to you whenever you are ready to replace them. That said, even after bending teeth on rocks and roots the unit continues to work as expected so I essentially still have 8 extra teeth laying around unused. Nice to have them though.
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    Default Re: Pasture Drag

    I have a chain harrow drag mat, it works wonderfully for busting up horse manure piles. Amazingly well. It does tangle some, which we have reduced by tying the pieces together and to the crossbar with baling twine. With tines pointing down I think it would do a decent job de-thatching (thatch isn't a big issue for my area or grass types).

    Lone Cowboy has posted that he would recommend this modified newer design, which if I had known about it before buying I think I would have tried out:
    Hi-Valley Manufacturing

    I don't think any chain harrow is going to do much for aerating. To do a good job you would want a plugger. Might see about renting one if you have a serious compaction problem (which horses + flooding rain would produce). Otherwise I guess I would see what results you get from either chain harrow with tines down or just using your landscape rake again.

    If you go with a chain harrow, get the biggest size you can pull through pasture gates or any other areas. The hp requirement is tiny and the more passes you have to make the more your tractor will compact the soil. I got an 8x8' model because I have 10' pasture gates; I barely feel it is attached when pulling it.

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    Default Re: Pasture Drag

    Quote Originally Posted by canoetrpr
    I've got a Maybridge chain harrow 8'8" that I drag my pastures with. I really like it.

    Really wish I had got the 3 PT version though. Would be nice to lift once in a way.

    Really works well to break manure piles up. It's ok for areation.
    Just use a boom with a couple of hooks wired to it...
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    It is cheaper than the 3PT version...

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    Default Re: Pasture Drag

    Quote Originally Posted by Z-Michigan
    I have a chain harrow drag mat, it works wonderfully for busting up horse manure piles. Amazingly well. It does tangle some, which we have reduced by tying the pieces together and to the crossbar with baling twine. With tines pointing down I think it would do a decent job de-thatching (thatch isn't a big issue for my area or grass types).

    Lone Cowboy has posted that he would recommend this modified newer design, which if I had known about it before buying I think I would have tried out:
    Hi-Valley Manufacturing
    You might want to rethink that. Go to this thread and read his final thoughts starting with post #51.

    http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/a...-harrow-6.html
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