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Self-Propelled Rake
Slickest hay rake we've ever seen is the new self-propelled from Rankins Ag Inc., Tracy, Cal. Among other things, it features hydro-static drive and an air conditioned cab.
Powered by a 52 hp air cooled Deutz diesel engine, it rakes up to 16 ft. wide swaths at infinitely variable speeds up to 15 mph. For mad travel, it lifts hydraulically 10 in. off the ground and can be towed behind a pickup at whatever road speed the law allows, says Everett Rankin, inventor-manufacturer.
The machine's 15 rake wheels (4 ft. in dia.) are equipped with steel rubber mounted teeth. Each wheel has a new-style springloaded counter weight which adjusts in a matter of seconds with a wrench.
The single front wheel hydrostatic drive wheel is 34 in. in dia. and 22 in. wide. Tandem rear wheels two on each side make it easy to rake ridged fields. The rig has a 25 ft. turning radius and, according to Rankins, works great for turning heavy alfalfa windrows to speed drying.
Sells for $41,000, including air conditioning.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Rankins Ag Inc., 16850 Tracy Blvd., Tracy, Cal. 95376 (ph 209 835-6254).

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1992 - Volume #16, Issue #2