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Front Mount Rake
"It eliminates one trip through the field and we don't have to tear the rake down for every bridge and gate," says George Buck, Purdon, Tex., who's invented and now manufactures a front-mount wheel rake.
Windrow size can be adjusted to any size with the new rake and you can use it to rake to the center of the tractor for a rear round baler or off to the side for a side pickup square baler.
"We've run it at speeds up to 13 or 14 mph with no problems. We've tested it for 3 years in our own custom baling operation to get the bugs out. One big benefit is that you're not running over any hay like with a conventional rear-pulled rake," Buck told FARM SHOW, noting that also unlike other wheel rakes, his rake can be used as a windrow flipper in wet hay thanks to its adjustable design.
When in the raised position, the rake is 11-ft. wide since the arms fold toward the center as they raise up. The rake mounts on the weight bracket of most tractors or uses a mounting bracket that Buck builds. Three sizes are available. A 4-wheel unit rakes up to 14 ft., a 6-wheel unit covers a swath as wide as 18 ft., and an 8-wheel model covers as much as 25 ft. Prices range from $3,400 to $4,200.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, George Buck, Rt. 1, Box 12, Purdon, Tex. 76679 (ph 214 673-2382).

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1987 - Volume #11, Issue #4