2010 - Volume #34, Issue #3, Page #40[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
"Ratchet Rake" Fits Any Bucket
Homebuilder Brad Kostyak came up with the idea to clear brush and do landscape work. He couldn't find any attachment he liked, so he worked with his steel supplier to fabricate a rake-like tool fitted with two sets of teeth.
"With just downwardŠprojecting teeth the rake was very aggressive, especially when back dragging with the bucket tilted. But the problem was that it was difficult to consistently control the amount of penetration," Kostyak says. "Adding the outward projecting teeth actually stabilized the rake by keeping the downward projecting teeth from over penetrating, which isŠimportant in maintaining an even grade.
"No other tool I've seen will pulverize dirt the same way," he adds. "What surprised me was how good it works ripping out brush and pulling out bigger rocks."
He makes 20-ft. passes at a time going forward, digging in and loosening roots. He shakes them out, lifts the bucket about 35 degrees and backs up. The ratchet rake doesn't clog with vegetation, works forward or backward, and is in front for good visibility.
Besides lot cleaning and seedbed prep, the Ratchet Rake maintains driveways and walking paths and can be used to clean up storm debris and demolition.
It's simple to mount with ratchet straps, which makes it compatible with any bucket. Ratchet Rake comes in three sizes: 52-in. ($299) and 68-in. ($329) out of 1/2-in. steel plate for equipment up to 60 hp; and 72-in. ($359) out of 5/8-in. steel plate for machines up to 90 hp. Bucket sizes range from 45 in. to 78 in.
Ratchet Rake is sold at TSC (Tractor Supply Company) stores in California, Texas, Florida, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York. It is manufactured in Pennsylvania using top of the line construction - laser cut, robotically welded and powder-coated. It comes with a 1-year limited warranty.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ratchet Rake LLC, 405 N. East Street, Carlisle, Penn. 17013 (ph 888 850-6070; www.ratchetrake.com).
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