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New Baler Windrow Rake
"It eliminates the need to weave your big baler back and forth across the windrow," says Darrell McNutt, Dameco Inc., inventor of a new "windrow rake" for balers that moves the windrow back and forth in front of the baler pickup.
The windrow rake is 18 in. wide and mounts on a spring-loaded trip arm that's ground-driven by one of the baler wheels. The rake makes one pass back and forth across the windrow for every 14 ft. of ground travel Because it's ground-driven, it adapts to the speed of the baler no matter how fast or slow you travel.
"It normally takes a skilled operator to consistently produce even, tight bales with a round baler. With this baler attachment installed, even inexperienced help can do a great job. There's less wear and tear on the operator, too, because you don't have to keep looking back," says McNutt, noting that another benefit is that in belt-type balers the tension of the belts remains equal at all times while making the bale. "Belt breakage is almost completely eliminated."
The rake teeth curve backward toward the baler to keep hay from bunching up. Height of the rake teeth can be adjusted but they are normally positioned about 3 in. above the ground. The rake is powered via a flex drive cable that bolts directly to the wheel hub. The cable connects to a gearbox that drives the rake arm. The entire assembly clamps to the front of the baler with no modification required. It can be moved from baler to baler in minutes.
The new bale rake kit sells for "just under $1,000" for most popular makes of balers.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dameco Inc., P.O. Box 278, Highway 70 East, Soper, Okla 74759 (ph 800 654-6106 or 405 345-2286).

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1988 - Volume #12, Issue #2