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#114686 30/03/22 03:20 PM
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I’m enjoying reading the posts (despite my kids laughing at me for being on a “lawnmower forum!). A contribution to the Show and Tell - a stick rake I welded up from a hand trolley. There are a few commercial units available and lots of similar ideas on various forums. Hard to avoid making something that looks like someone else’s so apologies to the original inventors.

Started with a $20 hand trolley from Bunnings complete but marked down because the axle mounts were bent. $85 of angle and 6.3mm rod for the rake. (Spring steel would have been better but harder to work with and so far so good). Another $20 of hardware and paint.

Might need some weight across the tines. Haven’t had enough time to test it properly.

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Redfin #114687 30/03/22 03:21 PM
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Finished unit.

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Redfin #114697 30/03/22 09:42 PM
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G'day Redfin

I was looking at new mower rakes the other day as I hadn't seen one the same as this before with
the release handle.

Good idea to make one and looks well made this home made rake as the bought one I saw was $400.

I've recently thrown out about 7 of those 2 wheel trolleys but still have a few left .

https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/bendigo/other-home-garden/the-mini-beast-ride-on-mower-stick-rake-1200mm-4ft-tow-behind

Cheers
Max.

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Redfin #114699 31/03/22 06:37 AM
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If I didn’t have a MIG and bar bender and a day and a half while in ISO, $400 for a commercial one would have been reasonable value. Certainly not satisfying though.

The latch idea in the one on Gumtree and another similar one is neat. I just used a chain that slips up the handle to keep the rake up. The other feature of mine is that it will fold back on itself completely. This makes it easier to store.

Can’t see it in the pics but I made the hitch able to rotate. Keeps the wheels on the ground over bumps.

Glad it’s given you some ideas.

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Well done Redfin, the old ISO made us do a lot of things we would have just gone out and bought what ever we needed instead of putting the head into action

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Redfin #114760 03/04/22 09:16 PM
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I saw one of these on FB marketplace for sale $5000......
https://www.towandcollect.com/au/
Why would you want to remove animal dung from pasture???? Surely it fertilizes it.......
Sounds crazy to me..............i can't believe this.....
speedy

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Redfin #114761 03/04/22 09:32 PM
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Probably horse manure speedy, always see horse farms with big piles of the stuff they want to give away for free, bring your trailer and we will load it for free.

Redfin #114762 03/04/22 10:52 PM
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It depends what you are grazing and what your next intended use is for the parcel of land. Some animal manures need an extended period to break down properly and if you are sewing more sensitive crops into that area in the next cycle you’ll want to remove more recent deposits or you’ll end up with patchy germination.

Traditionally the cycles wouldn’t be that rapid so it wouldn’t be an issue and you’d rotate something else in between.

Of course that’s only one set of reasoning, people may also just want to use the manure elsewhere.


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