Single Rotor rake any good for drying 35ft swaths of straw

Eric68

New Member
Looking at buying a single rotor rake to assist with drying straw out at harvest. At present we use a combination of twin rotor rake and tedder. Using a 35ft claas rotary combine can end up with massive swaths in good crops. I'm thinking a single rotor machine would be useful for fields a long way from home and fields with deep headland tramiles. I would appreciate people thoughts. Also would appreciate peoples experience with the front mounted straw movers.
 
Looking at buying a single rotor rake to assist with drying straw out at harvest. At present we use a combination of twin rotor rake and tedder. Using a 35ft claas rotary combine can end up with massive swaths in good crops. I'm thinking a single rotor machine would be useful for fields a long way from home and fields with deep headland tramiles. I would appreciate people thoughts. Also would appreciate peoples experience with the front mounted straw movers.
I wouldn’t waste your money only any good for moving it to dry ground
One of those pick up reels moving to dry ground and flipping over straw
 

cousinjack

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Cornwall
We use ours for it all the time !
However, if you want it specifically for this job I’d look at other options and weigh up the pros and cons..

they do tend to rake a lot of stones into the swath too..
 

Will 1594

Member
Arable Farmer
This. Shaun has it in wrights register
Will just roll over swath. And won’t mind ruts quick and nowt to go wrong
 

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24/7 farming

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Location
Donegal
Done a bit last year behind a 20ft rotary wit a single rotor, when it's moved it fluffs up a fair bit from how it came out of the combine!, 35ft could be fun!
Does loose a fair bit of straw (from breaking up, don't know if that's from the combine breaking it and rake not picking it up, or the rake is breaking it), comparing it to when I've raked it over behind a walker machine, losses seem to get significantly worse with every move too.
Found lower revs give it more of a turning over effect, but limits speed a fair bit
 

fermerboy

Member
Location
Banffshire
how about an vicon acrobat? just roll the stack.
We converted our old acrobat to go on the front linkage.
Works quite well but a bugger at junctions!!

Rolls the straw down the left side of the tractor, big plus is you dont drive on the swath first which is a godsend if the ground is soft. Flips a swath of straw completely upside down on fresh land, and you can really batter on fast.

But it doesnt like crosswinds, and struggles in a big heavy crop. I dont see it working in a 35ft swath unless its light crop.
 

Sid

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
South Molton
Just come across one of these new fangled implements. Probably won't catch on in this country, but all the rage in more progressive parts of the world.... It's even had the divider removed ready, at no extra charge.

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People can say what they like but if you've ever used a Cock Pheasant or acrobat they are best thing since sliced bread!

Unless you have to replace a spring or 3 then they are the devils spawn!

Took Dad a whole morning to go round a 9 acre field with a finger bar mower.
Took him the afternoon to cut the rest with Uncle's drum mower.
 

PuG

Member
We converted our old acrobat to go on the front linkage.
Works quite well but a bugger at junctions!!

Rolls the straw down the left side of the tractor, big plus is you dont drive on the swath first which is a godsend if the ground is soft. Flips a swath of straw completely upside down on fresh land, and you can really batter on fast.

But it doesnt like crosswinds, and struggles in a big heavy crop. I dont see it working in a 35ft swath unless its light crop.

If you get a chance, would it be possible of some pictures please?
 

Martin Holden

Member
Grassland Exhibitor
Location
Cheltenham
People can say what they like but if you've ever used a Cock Pheasant or acrobat they are best thing since sliced bread!

Unless you have to replace a spring or 3 then they are the devils spawn!

Took Dad a whole morning to go round a 9 acre field with a finger bar mower.
Took him the afternoon to cut the rest with Uncle's drum mower.
Cock pheasant was a good tool in its day, but a big 35' wet straw swath would give it a real workout - probably block it up
 

indiescot

Member
Location
Angus
I use a single rotor rake to sort out straw. Most of the tome its just to flip over to speed up the drying process or too get tramped bouts off the ground. If straw gets absolutely pee'd on i straddle the bout with the tractor and hover the rake to whip the top off to scatter it. If really desperate you can split bigger bouts in 2 if need be as a 35ft bout takes alot of drying if it gets 2inches or rain through it!
 

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