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Handy Front-Mounted Fold-Up Guide For V-Rakes
I also came up with this handy, front-mounted fold-up guide for my V-rake that makes it easy to follow the edge of unraked hay. It’s built with 2 telescoping lengths of square tubing that have metal rods and short chains at the ends. The tubes can be adjusted up to 15 1/2 ft. wide and fold up out of the way so I can drive through narrow gates.

    It eliminates the need to look back all the time and lets me know exactly where to drive. Otherwise, the tendency is to overlap a foot or so over into the raked area in order to keep from missing strips of hay. This device results in full windrows so my New Holland 4 by 4 round baler makes more even bales.

    The tubes pin onto a homemade angle iron “bumper” on front of the tractor. They’re held together for transport by a metal rod that pins onto brackets welded on about halfway up the tubes. (Robert T. Murphy, Jr., 10154 Wolf Lane, Dardanelle, Ark. 72834; ph 479 229-4102; murphyft@gmail.com)

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #5