Sunday, May 22, 2011

Tractor Pulling of a different sort!!!!!

Yesterday, I raked hay for my Dad instead of going to a tractor pull. I know that is kind of odd for me, but he did not have any other help and I figured I could handle the rake. It took him about 30 minutes to tell me what to do and what not to do. This is something I have done in my past, just not in a recent past!!! Maybe 30 years or so ago!! This rake is a wheel type rake. It has 10 wheels (5 on each side) that rake about 30 ft of hay into one winrow. The last rake I ran was a PTO powered 3 point hitch rake pulled by a Ford 8N and it raked about a nine foot swath one way and then you turned around and raked another nine ft swath back up against the first swath and created one windrow. The wheel style creates a winrow with only one pass through the field. The teeth on the wheel touch the ground and the wheels are turned by the resistance created by the teeth dragging on the ground. I have a video I took while driving the tractor that might show this better than I can describe it. So no tractor pulling today but lots of tractor driving. My pulling tractor still has a flat tire and I hope to have it fixed this week in time for the next pull. Best of all I did not hook the fence with the hay forks on the tractor and I did not hook a hay bale with the rake . So I finished the day with everything still working and no damages.
Eric Benton, Southeast Tractor Parts. A different day but a good day!!!

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