A skid steer power rake is a valuable attachment for landscapers, contractors and farmers.
We offer several different models of power rakes or “soil conditioners” to fit your needs.
Keep reading below to learn more.
A skid steer power rake is an attachment that uses your skid steers auxiliary hydraulic power to turn a large toothed drum through the soil.
This action loosens and mixes compacted top soil. This can useful when cutting a new grade, levelling paths and roads, or preparing a new seed bed.
Skid steer power rakes can have a few different features to choose from.
As with any attachment, it’s important to consider the wear items first. In the case of power rakes, the teeth on the drum will be one of the first items to wear out.
Some power rakes will utilize fixed teeth, while others will be replaceable. Fixed teeth models often offer a lower purchase price, and may be perfectly acceptable for light use. To replace broken or missing fixed teeth, you often have to weld on the drum.
For customers looking to use their power rake frequently, replaceable teeth may be a better option. These teeth will bolt on the drum.
The working width of a power rake is dependant on the width of the drum. 48”, 60”, 72”, 84” and 96” widths are all the most common.
It’s important to remember that if you are working with an angled power rake, the effective working width will be less than that of the drum size. You may loose a few inches for every 10 degrees of angle, and most manufacturers will give guidance on this in their operating manuals.
Larger drum power rakes come with added weight. A 96” power could weigh well over 1,000 pounds. The weight of the rake should be taken into consideration.
Airless tires are often used on power rakes to avoid costly flat tires. Airless tires are often foam filled. This is an important consideration considering the ground condition power rakes are often used in.
Some power rakes will have the option of hydraulic tilt, while other may off manual tilt options. This comes down to preference when you consider how often you will be using your power rake.
Power rakes consist of many moving parts and you should ensure that yours is built by a reputable manufacture.
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