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Self-Propelled Rake
Dick Schirado hated to waste a good swather when the header was shot, so he turned it into a self-propelled rake.
    “I had the swather tractor and an old V-Rake, so I mounted the rake arms to the header arms on the swather,” says Schirado. “I mounted a dolly from an old air seeder tank to the rake’s drawbar.”
    Opening and closing the rake arms required more hydraulic pressure than available on the swather. Schirado mounted a hydraulic pump on the power shaft that had driven the head.
    “It’s a better rake this way, more stable,” says Schirado. “It used to tip in ditches; now I can rake any terrain. It’s easier on my neck, too. I don’t have to look behind me. I only have to watch the hay coming at me.”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Schirado Inventions, 6275 31st St., Glen Ullin, N. Dak. 58631 (ph 701 471-5370; inventions@schiradoinventions.com; www.schiradoinventions.com).

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