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You'll Like This New-Style Rake
"The ground-driven method of raking hay is the horse and buggy way," says David Allen, who heads up Allen Mfg., Fresno, Ca., manufacturer of a new hydraulic drive hay rake.
It's available in a right and left hand model, plus a tailormade toolbar for pairing them up as shown in the photo.
Here, according to Allen, are key advantages he feels his new-style hydraulic rake provides: "The operator can speed up or slow down the rake mechanism regardless of forward travel speed. Or, he can stop the rake completely with a flip of a lever for moving from field to field, or down the road.
"There is no problem with the rake wheel not turning because of poor traction, as sometimes happens with a ground-driven rake.
"Adjustable hydraulic speed control of the rake makes it easier to pinpoint the optimum speed for turning hay.
Other key features include adjustable height control, which lets you run the tines anywhere from 0 to 6 in. off the ground; a multi-hole basket angle adjustment which lets you adjust for fluffiness of the windrow; and easy-to-change tine bars equipped with 150 rubber mounted tines.
Each right and left rake takes a 91/2 ft. wide swath. The model 914 toolbar for ganging two rakes is adjustable for length in 3 in. increments simply by pulling a pin. Hitching points are permanently welded to the end of the toolbar. It's equipped with built-in hydraulic piping and connections to accommodate a set of twin rakes, or a single rake setup. For example, if you want to drop off one rake and use the remaining rake to turn windrows, the rake can be hooked to the center of the toolbar and the extensions closed in. The toolbar adapts to either 3 pt. linkage, or it can be equipped with a towbar.
Allen Mfg. also offers rake converter kits for converting new or used ground-driven side delivery rakes to hydraulic drive. The kit includes new wheel hubs which replace the existing axle assembly. Allen also offers slotted star-shaped hubs which allow quick removal of tine bars for maintenance or repair.
Allen Mfg. also offers a portable Powerpack for tractors, pickups or other vehicles without hydraulics, or with insufficient hydraulics to operate hydraulic-driven rakes or other hydraulic equipment.
For more details, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Allen Mfg., 2740 East Jensen, Fresno, Ca. 93706 (ph 209-441-1222).

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1978 - Volume #2, Issue #6