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  1. #11
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    New Holland 1720

    Default Re: Good hay rakes

    Around here the New Holland roller bar's are very popular...
    That is all I knew for years...
    We have a lot of smaller fields and the roller bar works well in those applications plus they are very reliable...

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Good hay rakes

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeferMan View Post
    As far as running into things, well I've run into things with all sorts of rakes, lol. It was operator error every time!
    I never said it wasn't operator error, cos it was. No question. But when experienced and inexperienced operators make the same error, in the same way, I start to think maybe the equipment or set up was a factor.

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    Default Re: Good hay rakes

    If money is no object, and you want the best rake, here it is:
    Vermeer Twin Rake
    But, I hope you have deep pockets. New, they cost over $20,000. If you can find a good used one for $10-12k, grab it.
    John Deere used to have one as well. IIRC, it was just a green Vermeer.
    '10 JD 5085M Cab MFWD FEL
    '07 NH TN70A MFWD FEL
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    JD 457 round baler; JD 265 & Kuhn GMD 600 disc mowers; Sitrex V-10 rake; Hardee 10', Rhino 7', & Modern 5' rotary mowers; JD 13' & Ford 6' tandem discs; HayKing 10' rennovator plow (sub-soiler); etc, etc.
    My other tractor is a '95 Kenworth.

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    Kubota 9540, RTV 900 and David Brown 885.

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    I had the chance to use one of those Vermeer rakes on a couple different occasions. I must agree they are fantastic machines.

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    Elite Member JasG's Avatar
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    Default Re: Good hay rakes

    My experience has been the a rotary works better than wheel or roll bar. I've used both, and a good friend of mine still has his NH roll bar rake yet never uses it anymore. The rotary makes better drying rows than a wheel or roll bar. The same friend has tried them all side by side and the rotary won every time.

    IMO Kuhn and Miller Pro have the best rakes and Miller pro the best tandem hitch. You can hook any combination of raked together and use it to rake 2 at a time or 2 into one. I would recommend a hydraulic drive with the 4 wheel bottom.

    My friend tried the miller pro but just couldn't swing the money yet.

    Of course different conditions and likes your results may not be the same.
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    Kubota M6800 w/1600 hrs., Case Farmall 95 w/800 hrs., Long 2510 w/1100 hrs, Cat 236B2 Skidsteer w/1000 hrs

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    I have used MF, New Holland & New Idea bars rakes & all are good. I have a New Idea hydraulic drive bar rake & a Kuhn Speed Rake. The bar rake rakes clean but it is slow.

    The Kuhn does a good job but does leave some little clumps on the field. The little bit that is left is worth the speed that you gain while raking. It takes 1/3 of the time to rake with it as it does with the bar rake.

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