Page 2 of 6 FirstFirst 12345 ... LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 51
  1. #11
    Super Member Bob_Skurka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    7,503

    Default Re: Creating a simplified Landscape Rake

    Eddie, one more thought for you. I don't know what size tractor you have, but I the photo show my 6' rake mounted on a Kubuta B2910 (30hp). I also use it on a NH TC24D (24hp). Both of those are small tractors. If you are using it on a tactor larger than 25hp, consider making a bigger rake for your jobs.
    Quote Originally Posted by EddieWalker
    My roads are a minimum of 30 feet wide to as much as 50 feet wide. Then there's the debris under the trees that I'd like to clean up.
    It strikes me that a 6' rake is small for your roads. If you are running 30hp or more, go up to a 7' or 8 foot rake without hesitation.

    Also, I think many people think of a rake as a light duty tool. Please do yourself a favor and don't skrimp on the steel structure. These rakes can be amazingly versitile tools, they can endure a lot of torque stress if you build it heavy enough. Entend your toplink and it can be used to aggressively tear up the soil and it does a great job of smoothing dirt/clay paths, shorten the toplink and you skim across the grass but gather the debris that is in the lawn. I found that a hydraulic toplink makes life easier and makes the rake more useful, but it also taught me that the rake is more useful than I originally thought it would be.




    Snow Trac, the Swedish Snow Tractor, at Wikipedia
    Never insult a man with a bag of dog poop in one hand and a tennis racket in the other hand!

  2. #12
    Elite Member
    Advertiser
    MtnViewRanch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    7,255
    Location
    4000\' mountains of Southern California
    Tractor
    Mahindra 7520, Mahindra 3215HST, Case 580 extendahoe, Case 310 dozer, Parsons trencher, Cat D6,

    Default Re: Creating a simplified Landscape Rake

    Eddie, be careful of how you build your rake. Of course it makes a big difference what your pulling it with. If you are going to be using a little bigger tractor, I suggest that you build it heavy duty. Especially when you will be using it a lot of the time.

    I bought a Midwest 8' rake myself and proceeded to twist and bend the channel iron that it was made of into a pretzel. So I rebuilt it with some heavier metal. I got new channel to hold the tines and welded that to a 4"x7"x 3/8" wall tube. I have had no bending since the rebuild. Here's a picture of it just after I was done with it, and I had the whole thing powder-coated.

    Brian
    Attached Images Attached Images

  3. #13
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Posts
    7,344
    Location
    Northeast, Ohio
    Tractor
    TC-40D SS New Holland

    Default Re: Creating a simplified Landscape Rake

    Quote Originally Posted by MtnViewRanch
    Eddie, be careful of how you build your rake. Of course it makes a big difference what your pulling it with. If you are going to be using a little bigger tractor, I suggest that you build it heavy duty. Especially when you will be using it a lot of the time.

    I bought a Midwest 8' rake myself and proceeded to twist and bend the channel iron that it was made of into a pretzel. So I rebuilt it with some heavier metal. I got new channel to hold the tines and welded that to a 4"x7"x 3/8" wall tube. I have had no bending since the rebuild. Here's a picture of it just after I was done with it, and I had the whole thing powder-coated.

    Brian
    Brian powder-coating a rake huh, very nice idea. You sure beefed that rake up some.


  4. #14
    Elite Member
    Advertiser
    MtnViewRanch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    7,255
    Location
    4000\' mountains of Southern California
    Tractor
    Mahindra 7520, Mahindra 3215HST, Case 580 extendahoe, Case 310 dozer, Parsons trencher, Cat D6,

    Default Re: Creating a simplified Landscape Rake

    Mike, thanks for the comments. It was something that I had to do. Like Bob said, a lot of torque can be applied. I too was amazed at how versatile a landscape rake can be. It just has to be built to take the load that it's given.

    Brian

  5. #15

    Default Re: Creating a simplified Landscape Rake

    I made a light rake a few years ago out of some hay rake tines and a piece of 2 X 2 X .25 sq, tubing, and pivets on a 2nd piece of tubing that will slide in to a hitch I have for my tractor. The rake works great for sticks and I even use it to dehatch my lawn and works great for driveway maintenance. Total cost about $50.00. The rake is light duty and does not work good for large stones or logs, but then again the last time I looked I don't have any large stones or logs in my yard or drive way, so I guess it must have gotten them all out.

  6. #16
    Super Star Member EddieWalker's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Posts
    14,891
    Location
    Tyler, Texas
    Tractor
    Several, all used and abused.

    Default Re: Creating a simplified Landscape Rake

    I picked up some steel today for the rake. One stick of 5X3 angle iron and one flat stick of 3/8X2 for $91. I bought 50 grade five 7/16 inch and a half bolts, nuts, lock washers, a new half inch bit and a pair of pins for $39.

    The first picture shows the basic frame.

    The second picture shows the hole drilling nightmare I have to deal with.

    Eddie
    Attached Images Attached Images

  7. #17
    Elite Member Ductape's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Posts
    4,852
    Location
    Central New Hampshire
    Tractor
    Kubota B3030HSDC

    Default Re: Creating a simplified Landscape Rake

    Eddie.....looks like you'll be wanting a Drill Doctor !

  8. #18
    Super Star Member EddieWalker's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Posts
    14,891
    Location
    Tyler, Texas
    Tractor
    Several, all used and abused.

    Default Re: Creating a simplified Landscape Rake

    I have one, but I'm not very satisfied with it. I still prefer to use the fine wheel on my grinder and eye ball it. I drilled ten holes with the new bit yesterday and plan to drill a minimum of ten holes a day. I hate drilling, but know it won't get done on it's own. hahahaha

    25 tines with two holes each means I'll be at it for another four days.

    Eddie

  9. #19
    Veteran Member Timber's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    1,741
    Location
    East Bridgewater Massachusetts
    Tractor
    Kubota B7800

    Default Re: Creating a simplified Landscape Rake

    Eddy do you draw out a set of plans before you build something or is it all in your head. I tend the draw out my plans and measurements on paper 1st. I'm just curious

  10. #20
    Elite Member schmism's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    4,879
    Location
    Peoria IL
    Tractor
    New holland TC(33)

    Default Re: Creating a simplified Landscape Rake

    Quote Originally Posted by EddieWalker
    The second picture shows the hole drilling nightmare I have to deal with.
    if there ever was a job that needed this tool!



    might almost be worth $40 at the local rental center
    Steve - TC33D 4x4 FEL, dual rear remotes with toys

Page 2 of 6 FirstFirst 12345 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© 2014 TractorByNet.com. TractorByNet is a registered trademark of IMC Digital Universe, Inc. Other trademarks on this page are the property of their respective owners.