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    Default Ratchet Rake

    Has anyone used one of these? I did a search but did not get a hit.

    Vernon
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    Default Re: Ratchet Rake

    I got 139 hits for Ratchet Rake. It's been talked about several times on TBN...


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    Default Re: Ratchet Rake

    I made one for mine and I wasn't impressed, it doesn't clear as well as I thought I don't think there's any major difference from what I made to what you can buy.....MIke

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    Default Re: Ratchet Rake

    Quote Originally Posted by texbaylea View Post
    Has anyone used one of these? I did a search but did not get a hit.

    Vernon
    Everyone that has one(except for mrmikey), seems to like theirs.

    They have their limitations of course, but to clear 'field edges', IE: brambles, and such........they seem to be the 'cat's meow'.

    Just remember you will be working soil with them, you'll need to remember to hit it just right..........too wet, ya got a muddy mess.............too dry.............watch tv and save fuel.


    EDIT: I personally don't have one(no need for one at my place), but I've watched countless videos of them, and read most of the 139 posts.
    Don

    MF GC2400, FEL, 60in.MMM, 5ft. Cultivator, Single Bottom Plow, Bush Hog RTC48 tiller, MF 2360 front mount snowblower, 5ft backblade. BXpanded Piranha toothbar.

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    Default Re: Ratchet Rake

    I bought one in hopes that I could use it to remove some sumac. They are thin whippy saplings that spread through the root systems. My trial with it was limited, but not an overwhelming success. It did not want to grab the root system and the saplings tended to slide through it.

    But the tool itself seems very well built and it is nice that it comes with everything necessary to attach it to the bucket. I think it is best suited to removing vines, brambles and vegitation that it can really grab. If your tractor supply doesn't have one, have them check at their distribution center and they can probably get it.
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    Default Re: Ratchet Rake

    Not often

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    Default Re: Ratchet Rake

    I got one a few weeks ago. I love it. The biggest problem will be your neighbors. When they see it work, they will find more for it to do. It has cleaned out a treeline, Removed a hedge fence, and leveled out a driveway, and leveled topsoil for a new lawn.
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    Default Re: Ratchet Rake

    I put the RatchRake on the front and the box blade on the back and am relatively happy with it. I tried it on totally dry ground last week, then used it after a good rain storm. It did seem to work better with the ground moist.
    Doug P

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    Default Re: Ratchet Rake

    I have one. Works pretty much as advertized but don't think you will be as efficient as the well practiced inventor driving his skidsteer in the video. It is well made and installation is a snap.

    I would imagine that there are some tasks for which it is perfect but more realistic is to consider it one type of implement that will be useful along with others in clearing land. It does overlap somewhat in function with a standard "York" 3PT rake and also with a FEL bucket especially with toothbar. It does a nice job on smallish vines/briar etc. Not so sure I'd try to use it to prepare a large area for seeding grass though, more of a 100-300 sq ft type implment than something you'd use for half a acre.

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    Default Re: Ratchet Rake

    Quote Originally Posted by texbaylea View Post
    Has anyone used one of these? I did a search but did not get a hit.

    Vernon
    You can prob do just as good a job with your FEL down right at the ground level.Most of the times that all it takes to remove a sapling up to about 2.5"

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