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We pitch it loose on to the truck so I just pile it instead of windrows.
Use the dump rake to drag it down near the woods and then pitch it over into the woods (or just say it's near enough ). Is there an opening in the trees where you could circle around into the woods a bit? You could drag half the field up by the road, making your return trip to the top of the hill more productive, and pitch it on a wagon and haul it down. Or do the one way thing for more seat time . Definitely think the dump rake is the best tool to do what you want.
And the cheaper of the two options!
Mike (Happy as a Lark in Allison Park, PA)
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I use a IH 14 rake with my Cub... The rake is a work in progress, but it works good. I rake in 2nd gear.
I have one area where I cut weeds, and then rake it all one direction... The side delivery rake works good, but it's not a real wide area, maybe 50'. I don't think I could move the windrows much farther than that... It's still a lot of looping around.
"I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world."
Jeez, Al. When I was a kid and living in south Florida where grass mowing of flat land prairie land was stickers and hot sun and sand and a hand-pushed whirl-a-gig grass mower, and my dad said he want the field (yes) cut, I didn't argue over who was going to do it...I knew it was me...and not once did I enjoy it. But I do love the sicklebar mower on the Cub cutting a bit of hillside and dale in the Berkshire hills. And I do use an old horse drawn hay to gather cut grass (which is stiff enough to require shoes, that's for sure). Nice memories you have there. Thanks.
Regarding Barnyard's post on the use of the hay rake and pull rope --- that's what I do. However, I don't try for piles of hay. Instead, like Barnyard, I attempt to make windrows of dumped hay, then when done, we hook the cart to the Cub and the wife drives it alongside the windrows while I pitchfork the hay into the cart. Then the cart takes the hay to where we want to let it compost (it still being rough stuff with sticks and roses in it). Eventually we'd like to think of carting to the barn with quality hay and pitchforking it up into the loft. Funny thing, though, every year there's something that interferes with this grand plan.
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