Home / Machinery / Hay & forage / Hay rakes / With new hay rakes, bigger is better

With new hay rakes, bigger is better

Agriculture.com Staff 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm


Fuel costs aren't what they were a couple of years ago, but they still represent one of the biggest chunks of input costs for any field operation. That includes raking hay.

Minimizing the number of trips across the field -- thereby minimizing the amount of fuel required -- is the main goal of a new generation of hay rakes hitting the market int he last couple of years. That's mainly coming in the form of larger sets of rakes comprising larger wheels.

Take the Circle C Golden Eagle wheel rake system, for example. Manufacturers say this new system is large enough to encompass 3 swaths, cutting the number of trips required across the field and saving both time and money. Another feature this manufacturer's added to its latest rakes is a series of "depth bands" that helps guide the rake tines and prevents digging into the soil, which can churn up rocks and other debris in fields that can ultimately shorten the life of rake tines.

For example, Circle C company officials say a rake owned by Threemile Canyon farms near Boardman, Oregon, covered 36,000 acres before the rake tines needed to be replaced. That's versus the industry standard for replacement after around 7,200 acres.

CancelPost Comment
MORE FROM AGRICULTURE.COM STAFF more +

A Bare-Bones Beginning By: 04/08/2014 @ 1:12pm After meeting as college freshmen a decade ago, Jay and Krista Reiser soon found they shared a…

USDA’s Corn Acreage Figure Likely Too Low… By: 04/07/2014 @ 8:36am The nation’s farmers may wind up planting nearly 2 million additional acres to corn than the…

Favorable Summer, Record Crops Ahead By: 04/03/2014 @ 9:00pm Midwest farmers, emerging from one of the coldest winters on record, can look forward to a “very…

MEDIA CENTERmore +
This container should display a .swf file. If not, you may need to upgrade your Flash player.
Farm markets Rally on Weather, Ukraine