Hay rake

Fri May 30, 2014 1:09 pm

Hi all...

I recall seeing Phil Lenke's pictures some time ago using a restored hay rake with a set of carriage wheels in the front to carry the tongue. I also think that this may have been asked before, but would an older Ferguson Hay Rake be too heavy on the tongue to sit on a Cub drawbar? The field that we cut across the street from our house could use a good raking now that we let the "grass" get too tall. I have seen a couple of the pull behind rakes reasonably cheap in our area, and was wondering if it was too much to mount to the Cub's drawbar.

Here is a pic of one of the units I have seen. Price is right, but if it is too much for the Cub, I'll not bother.

Ferguson Hay Rake.jpg


Thanks all!

Mike
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Re: Hay rake

Fri May 30, 2014 1:46 pm

Lift the tongue of the hay rake by hand. If you can pick up the tongue, it will work on a Cub.

Question. What are you going to do with the hay/grass once your rake it? The grass is going to be raked into windrows.

If you are not going to bale the grass, best thing is just to let it lie and break down, rot. Mow more frequently next time.

Re: Hay rake

Fri May 30, 2014 1:50 pm

Mike,

This is what you're looking for. Image
They are available used, just have to be patient.

Bill

Re: Hay rake

Fri May 30, 2014 2:04 pm

Hi Bill... The image didn't come through on your post, unfortunately. Whatever it is, keep an eye out for me.

Eugene. I was planning on raking in one direction and throwing the grass continuously down the hill to the edge of the field. Kind of thought I would start at one end and throw down hill. Circle back and start at the end of the windrow and throw the row and the next set of grass downhill. At the bottom of the field, there is a stand of trees that we could throw the grass under and let it decompose there.

I agree, we need to get out in the field more often (once a week in the Spring and early Summer) but it gets away from us. Add to that fact that the clippings get cut again with the next field cutting and it makes for even tougher going. I'll snap a picture of what the field looks like on my way home tonight and I'll post it here so you can see what I am talking about.

Mike

Re: Hay rake

Fri May 30, 2014 2:05 pm

I pull a full size hay rake with a cub no problem

Re: Hay rake

Fri May 30, 2014 2:14 pm

Your cub will pull a IH 14 rake. I had posted earlier on this and realized I had the wrong model number :-/

Re: Hay rake

Fri May 30, 2014 5:29 pm

Conditions allowing you can rake in third gear. BTDT when I was 10 or 11 years old.

Re: Hay rake

Fri May 30, 2014 6:25 pm

If you start at the top of the hill and try to rake the whole field downhill, you may have more than you can move after a few passes. You may have to make a few passes near the bottom, then re-start a few passes higher and rake it to the bottom. etc. etc.

Re: Hay rake

Fri May 30, 2014 8:06 pm

Mike,
Do you use the field for something that requires that it be regularly mown?

Re: Hay rake

Fri May 30, 2014 8:23 pm

here is a hay raking pic
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Re: Hay rake

Fri May 30, 2014 9:55 pm

tst wrote:here is a hay raking pic



That is a pretty pic, it always amazes me what these little tractors can do.

Re: Hay rake

Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:19 am

Don McCombs wrote:Mike,
Do you use the field for something that requires that it be regularly mown?


No, but we find that with our Woods 59, you have to stay on top of the grass/weeds/clover/etc in order for the tractor to handle the cutting. We find that with the clippings in the grass, you end up cutting the same clippings over and over and it gets worse the longer you go through the season. It would be nice to rake it once or twice a season to keep the clippings down.

It sure looks nice when it is mown down and nice and even...

Mike

Re: Hay rake

Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:47 am

How large of an area are we discussing?

My thought is that since the grass was cut - chopped up - with a rotary mower, a hay rake may not work that well for moving the clippings.

How about one of the vacuum attachments that is towed by a lawn/garden tractor.

Re: Hay rake

Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:49 am

The area that I cut is about 3 acres. I was thinking that the chopped grass may not rake well. I promised a picture and I'll get it at lunchtime today for you all...

Mike

Re: Hay rake

Tue Jun 03, 2014 11:08 am

Mike,
Do you have anyone in the area that makes hay on their own property? If so, offer to let them cut and bale yours and let them keep the hay.