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Lincoln
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 12:37 pm    Post subject: Rakes with dollys Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I am looking for a new hay rake. What are the advantages or disadvantages with a rake with a dolly on the front verses a regular hitch. Thanks
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 12:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Rakes with dollys Reply to specific post Reply with quote

hooking up, following ground contour better and adaptable to pulling multiple rakes, New Holland would be my first choice followed by JD
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 12:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Rakes with dollys Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You can also make tighter turns, they are better all the way around. New Holland is the cream of the crop in rakes.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 1:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Rakes with dollys Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a JD 894A without the front dolly and I can make very sharp turns. Seems to me that the dolly would restrict turns somewhat. Of course that"s related to how far out the tractor drawbar is. I have mine out 14 inches because that"s what my baler needs.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 2:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Rakes with dollys Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've used both. The dolly does follow the ground better, but I prefer to just use the drawbar. I can make slight adjusments from the tractor seat, that comes in real handy if you have a few rough spots in the field. The regular hitch is also easier to back up. You can't go wrong with either one though.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 2:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Rakes with dollys Reply to specific post Reply with quote

No it does not. You can turn and one wheel of the rake will pivot right where it is. You are pointed in the other direction.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 3:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Rakes with dollys Reply to specific post Reply with quote

See very few dolly setups here in alfalfa country, the less wheel traffic on my hay the better.

--->Paul
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 6:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Rakes with dollys Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Advantage: Takes the tractor front wheels out of the equation.e.g. Hit a hump with the front wheels cause the rake to dig in and vice versa. rake teeth are more closely regulated in regards to the soil conditions,much easier to hook up to tractor.
Disadavntages: One more wheel to go flat,& as stated, another wheel running over the hay and knocking leaves off ,especially if the hay is too dry.
If your fields are relatively smooth, then go without.Undulating or rough, go with a dolly wheel.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 9:30 am    Post subject: Re: Rakes with dollys Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have two JD 640 rakes; one with a dolly wheel and one without.

Dolly wheel rake is easy to hitch to tractor drawbar, but a pain to back up with the tractor.

Dolly wheel rake is easy to move around without a tractor; I push and the favorite wife navigates.
 
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