Best single rotor rake

HCC

Member
Have nothing bad to say about our Kuhn 4321 single rotor. Now going into its 15th season.
I believe you can now get folding tine arms on other brands which would make them easier to pack up for transport.
 

Pan mixer

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Near Colchester
Krone Swadro here, arms fold up for transport, gateways etc. The Kuhn was brilliant though, did a lot of very rough work and kept going but a pita when you have 18 acres of hay down in 7 fields with 10 foot gates between them and the landlord won't allow widening the gateways.

A twin rotor rake is a one trick pony compared to a single rotor, my small baler wouldn't work behind a twin rotor rake as the swath would be too big.
 

24/7 farming

Member
Location
Donegal
I bought a rake this year, there is a BIG difference in the prices!, I had considered new as figured for the amount we do I'll buy a good one, look after it and it should last a long (long!) time... was quoted close on 7k euro for a new 10ft Kuhn (I had used them before and knew what I would be getting), but considering I couldn't barely justify having a rake in the first place... there was not a chance if having to pay 7k for it!!
Got lucky on donedeal and ended up buying a very clean barely used 2019 10ft Jarmet for under a third of that price! First year done and it is easily going to do everything we will ever need and it appears well built, if not quite as refined looking, but sharing similar design on the rotar etc as the Kuhn... however with more grease nipples and a few nice little features that where not on Kuhn I have used in the past.
Saying all that I would not like to subject it to bouncing over combine tracks day in day out moving straw (maybe that because I paid for it!!), but it has rowed some of the heaviest crops of silage we've had into 20ft rows and made a tidy job, and left lovely 10ft rows of hay for the small baler.
Worth noting that a CAT3 linkage does not fit onto the lower linkage on them!

Cant understand how ppl cannot make decent rows with a single rotar though!?, they must be absolutely thrashing it through the crop, bit of time and patience goes a long way!
 

Boohoo

Member
Location
Newtownabbey
Claas Liner 330s here, don't know if it's the best but it does our job fine. Not having to fold or remove tine arms to move between our small fields is a bonus.
 
I've been after one for a while,struggled to get a used one that was decent, nearly bought a brand new 4.2m Fendt rake for £5500 but couldn't guarantee delivery...

I did have a Kuhn that I bought needing rebuild, didn't have a huge amount of luck after rebuilding it, it was cheap though...

Ended up buying a Class 420 off a forum member that was local, it's 2012 but it's as new.

Hopefully it'll be here a long time with only having to do 60-80ac a year.

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andybk

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Mendips Somerset
When you had a haybob you long for a single rota rake, then you long for a twin rota etc etc. Job still gets done but you end using tens of thousands of pounds worth of kit when it still could be done with a few thousand quids worth of kit. You cannot beat krone kit imo, shame they dont make haybobs!
they do , the 360 rake is made by them now i think , did a good job here last summer in lely paint (edit sorry thats kuhn )
 

puntabrava

Member
Location
Wiltshire
I've been after one for a while,struggled to get a used one that was decent, nearly bought a brand new 4.2m Fendt rake for £5500 but couldn't guarantee delivery...

I did have a Kuhn that I bought needing rebuild, didn't have a huge amount of luck after rebuilding it, it was cheap though...

Ended up buying a Class 420 off a forum member that was local, it's 2012 but it's as new.

Hopefully it'll be here a long time with only having to do 60-80ac a year.

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That has been looked after.
 

Fendt516profi

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Yorkshire
Krone Swadro here, arms fold up for transport, gateways etc. The Kuhn was brilliant though, did a lot of very rough work and kept going but a pita when you have 18 acres of hay down in 7 fields with 10 foot gates between them and the landlord won't allow widening the gateways.

A twin rotor rake is a one trick pony compared to a single rotor, my small baler wouldn't work behind a twin rotor rake as the swath would be too big.
Balers to small
 

Spud

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
YO62
Pottinger 421 here since new in 2010, absolutely faultless in our opinion.
We had a very old Pottinger many yrs ago, designed for a 15' combine. It was too small for a 20 when we got the TX36, so swapped for a s/h Taarup. Awful thing, unreliable as hell. Swapped for Fella. Not much better.
Contractor had a well used Claas that was ok but seen plenty weld.
Bought a new Pottinger cos dealer had one in and our little old one never gave any bother. Perfect.

Have to say that most of it's work is in straw, but hay isn't a problem if you drive it like a twin rotor, and drive up both sides of the swath.

In all cases treat pto speed like reel speed on a combine - just faster than forward speed
 

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Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland

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Five nature-recovery projects spanning nearly 100,000ha across the West Midlands, Cambridgeshire, the Peak District, Norfolk and Somerset have been announced by the government and Natural England today (Thursday, May 26).

This is the equivalent in size to all 219 current National Reserves.

The aim of the projects is to deliver nature recovery at a landscape scale, helping to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change and improve public health and well-being.

All five projects will make a significant contribution towards the national delivery of the international commitment to protect at least 30% of land and...
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