T88 4 Wheel Rake

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Wheel rakes are the most economical choice for raking hay. With few moving parts they are mechanically simple and require very modest horsepower.

$1,199.00

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The Tractor Tools line of crop-driven wheel rakes are designed to provide gentle, cost-effective solution for your hay raking needs.

Wheel rakes are a simple and economical alternative to powered rakes on your small tractor. There are no requirements for a PTO or hydraulics on your tractor. The rake is driven by contact with the crop being raked and the forward motion of your tractor.

A 4 wheel rake requires only a 16 HP tractor. These rakes are ideal for the small farmer wanting to produce their own hay.

Features:

  • Requires only 16 tractor horsepower, while similar models require 30 or more
  • Easily switches from raking mode to windrow turning to spreading
  • Transport position is less than 5 feet wide – width of similar models is more than 7 feet
  • Wheels float on a pivot arm to follow ground contour
  • Wheels are crop-driven with no PTO shafts, belts, or hydraulic motors to wear out
  • Operates at speeds up to 14 MPH
  • 40 steel spring fingers per wheel provide a clean raking job

 

Model T88 4 Wheel
Diameter of Wheels 58”
Number of Fingers per Wheel 40
Working Width 7’-4”
Transport Width 59”
Maximum Working Speed 14 MPH
Power Required 16 HP
Weight 440 lbs.
Connection Category 1, 3-Point Hitch

The 4-wheel rake ships strapped to a pallet and unassembled.

The 4-wheel rake ships strapped to a pallet and unassembled.

 

Shipping rates apply to the continental United States only. Please call 260-225-3429 to inquire about shipments to Alaska, Hawaii, or international.

Wheel Rakes – T88 4 Wheel
Delivery Type Shipping
Commercial or Freight Terminal $ 249.00
Farm/Residential with Lift Gate $ 329.00
Pickup from Warehouse FREE

The cost of assembly for this item is $50.00.

In order to bale hay, it must be raked into windrows. It is a common misconception that hay can be baled directly from the windrow or swath created by the hay mower. There are a few reasons why this will not work. First of all, in most climates, hay will not dry well unless fluffed, flipped, or turned by a tedder and/or rake. Secondly, the path left by the hay mower will generally not be conducive to pick up by a baler, resulting in a lot of missed hay. Thirdly, you can normally rake at least two mower swaths into one windrow for baling, resulting in fewer passes across the field with the baler and better quality, more consistently dense bales.

The choices for hay rakes are many. Different regions of the country seem to prefer different styles of rakes. The four most prominent styles are wheel rakes, parallel bar (rollabar) rakes, rotary rakes, and belt rakes.

These rakes are built for speed and productivity when handling dry hay. Wheel rakes are simple machines that require minimal adjustments for proper operation. The economical ground drive simplifies operation and reduces cost. However, its direct contact with the ground can cause dirt and stones to be introduced into the hay, decreasing overall quality. Furthermore, the windrow will not be as light and fluffy as those produced by rotary rakes or belt rakes. This means that only minimal drying will occur once the hay has been raked. Also, using a 3-point mounted wheel rake takes some practice, especially if your field has a lot of curves or corners. Wheel rakes are physically large, so they take up a lot of space when stored. Even with these drawbacks, wheel rakes are very popular due to their low cost of purchase and maintenance.

Called by many different names in different regions of the US, these machines are relatively simple, with a design that dates back over 100 years. However, this type of rake is being replaced by other rake designs. Rotary rakes and belt rakes are similarly-priced and have additional benefits, such as the ability to produce fluffy windrows in all crop conditions. Wheel rakes are a more economical choice and offer similar raking quality to parallel bar rakes. Though many of these old rakes are still in use throughout the US, if you are considering a new rake purchase, another design will likely suit your needs better and provide you with more versatility.

These powered rakes create a uniform and fluffy windrow, which allows crops to dry faster. The gentle rotary-raking action minimizes leaf loss and provides a more uniform windrow for better bale formation. These rakes are capable of handling both wet forage and dry hay, giving them a greater versatility than wheel rakes. A rotary rake’s mechanical drive enables it to move heavy, wet crops. It also keeps the tines from contacting the ground, minimizing the amount of contamination raked into the crop. This results in higher-quality feed. Rotary rakes come in a wide variety of sizes for just about any size of tractor. These machines are easily maneuverable and closely follow changing field contours for clean raking. They also can be either 3-point mounted or trailed, allowing them to be used by most tractors with a PTO.

Belt rakes, also called power rakes, have all the advantages of a rotary rake. They can handle both wet and dry forage; they make a fluffy, consistent windrow; the tines do not touch the ground, reducing contamination of the forage; and they come in a wide variety of sizes.

Belt rakes, however, have a number of advantages over rotary rakes. For the same raking width, belt rakes are much more compact in size, making them much easier to use and store. Their compactness and lighter weight also makes them easier for your tractor to lift, making transport and navigation of rough terrain simpler. They are available in a wider range of working widths, from over 10 feet, like the Molon 300 power rake, down to 4 feet, like the Molon 120H power rake, making them ideal for working in tight spaces like orchards and pine plantations.

The versatility of a belt rake cannot be matched by any other type of rake. Going from rake to tedder is as easy as removing the hay stop and making a wheel adjustment, requiring only a few seconds and no tools. Lowering the rake with a simple adjustment of the wheels allows the tines to aggressively contact the ground, which is great for dethatching lawns or preparing a seedbed for planting.

The belt rake is also the easiest of the rake types to use. Because it is so compact and operates directly behind the tractor, the operator spends less time turned around checking to see where his rake actually is. And because it is powered by the tractor PTO, it continues to run while stationary, or when backing up, allowing you to use the rake in reverse in tight spaces. It also does a better job around corners and will not pile up hay like a wheel rake when turning. Thus you will end up with a straighter, fluffier, more consistent windrow that dries better and is easier to follow with a baler.

The following chart summarizes the four rake options and their best uses:

Figure 2.

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