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Twin Wheel Rake Caddy
Bill Kurtz, St. Croix Falls, Wis., converted his 3-pt. mounted twin wheel rake to a trailer-type rake by building a caddy for it.
"The original rake wasn't very maneuverable on corners - I had to back it up into corners. Mounting the rake on the caddy makes it work 100% better because I can go right around corners without having to back up. Also, I can extend a hydraulic cylinder to raise the rake up to 18 in. high onthe-go in order to clear windrows at the end of the field."
The caddy consists of the axle off a mobile home and a center-mounted hydraulic cylinder and steel subframe that attaches to both the axle and rake. Extending the cylinder causes the axle to rotate forward which raises the rake straight up. A steel pin inserted into one of a series of holes in the subframe is used to lock the rake in place at the desired height when it's down.
"I can set rake height at anywhere from 1 to 18 in. in the field," says Kurtz. "Conventional rake caddies have stationary axles so you can't adjust rake height on-thego in the field. By rotating the axle all the way back and inserting the pin I can fold the rakes straight up for road travel."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bill Kurtz, 2187 State Rd. 87, St. Croix Falls, Wis. 54024 (ph 715 483-3866).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #4