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Folding 3-Pt. Toolbar Pulls Old Hay Rake On Slopes
Duane Johnson, Lohrville, Iowa, made an 11-ft. long, folding 3-pt. toolbar that lets him use an old Deere hay rake to rake hay on steep roadside ditches while keeping his tractor on the level.
The bar is made from 2 1/2-in. sq. tubing and attaches to a quick hitch. Its hinged on each side, so the wings can be raised or lowered by a pair of hydraulic cylinders.
I came up with the idea so I could rake hay off the slopes of county ditches while driving on the shoulder of the road or in the bottom of the ditch, says Johnson. I buy old steel-wheeled rakes cheap and fix them up for roadside use instead of using a newer rake. Roadside ditches have many hazards that can be hard on rakes, and Id rather break up an old rake I bought for $100 than ruin a new one.
Its inconvenient to have to rehitch all the time, but it greatly reduces the risk of a tractor rollover and is worth the extra time. I recently baled 75 round bales of brome grass ditch hay which makes great feed for my cows.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Duane Johnson, 3130 Upland Ave., Lohrville, Iowa 51453 (ph 712 465-2261; duanejoh314@gmail.com).

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #5