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New Style Rubber Hay Rake
Rubber wears better than metal when it comes to beating against the ground and that's the idea behind a first-of-its kind hay rake from Kuhn that was introduced at the SIMA show.
The rake which is not yet on the market has four drum-shaped rotors in a diagonal line behind the tractor made from rubber-coated metal. At the bottom of each drum is a rubber skirt that does the actual raking.
"There are no metal parts in contact with the ground. Traditional metal tines have given way to supple rubber that does as good a job or better but lasts longer. The biggest advantage is that there are no metal tines to break off and damage haying equipment," says a Kuhn representative.
The 3-pt. mounted rake has an overall working width of 13 ft. and converts to 7 1/2 ft. for transport. It'll operate at speeds of 7 to 10 mph on minimum horse-power.
Kuhn officials plan to finish tests on the rake, this summer with European farmers and introduce the rubber rake in 1984. If all goes as planned, it should be available in the U.S. and Canada soon after.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kuhn S.A., B.P. N? 60, 67706 Saverne, Cedex, France (ph 88 912110).

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1983 - Volume #7, Issue #3