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    Default Harley Rakes: What makes this tool so expensive?

    I just noticed an ad this afternoon showing harley type rakes listed at $7000 for a 7' model. I'm asking how can a tool that is basically a heavy duty tiller cost a thousand bucks a foot? Admittedly I know very little about what goes into the design but still-that sounds like a lot of money for a glorified roto-tiller. Maybe some folks here familiar with the design and production costs can ellaborate.

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    Default Re: Harley Rakes: What makes this tool so expensive?

    Yep... they're pretty spendy! They vary by models and features - like anything else. The heavier duty ones with carbide teeth on the roller is pretty nice. Have you priced a 7' rototiller, lately?

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    Default Re: Harley Rakes: What makes this tool so expensive?

    Lol -- dunno either. maybe its a exclusive club?

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    Default Re: Harley Rakes: What makes this tool so expensive?

    It is more complex than a tiller and money is getting to be worthless.

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    Default Re: Harley Rakes: What makes this tool so expensive?

    it would be cheaper if it was a Honda rake !!
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    Default Re: Harley Rakes: What makes this tool so expensive?

    Harley Rakes:  What makes this tool so expensive?-img_0417-jpgHarley Rakes:  What makes this tool so expensive?-img_0419-jpgMy two cents- I think you are getting a lot more than a tiller- most versions have a power angler left and right, some have adjustable scarifiers in front of the roller and they are rugged. I've used a friends old Harley on grading and it works like a charm. I did my driveway with asphalt millings last fall and borrowed a friends 96" Landpride- a serious rake-see pix. this one doesn't have teeth but rather blades-which was ideal for breaking down asphalt chunks as it pulls them up against an adjustable "screed bar".

    I'm an old guy who grew up with York rakes doing lawns. Yesterday's newspaper!

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    Default Re: Harley Rakes: What makes this tool so expensive?

    Yep.. they certainly can be - with hydraulic offset and such. Makes for some nice windrows... I'd be REALLY surprised if you could buy a new, gear-drive 7' rototiller for $7K, though. No way - if you're looking for a HD model. I've got an older, model JD gear-drive 74" that lists for $6,500.

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