The Advantage of Rotary Rakes

The Advantage of Rotary Rakes

Rotary rakes are a practical, durable solution to hay drying, collection, forage preservation and seedbed preparation. These cost-efficient hay rakes play a critical role in modern farming practices. Due to its innovative design, the hay-making process is simplified and bailing is more efficient.

Learn more about rotary rakes, how they work and the many advantages they offer the farming industry.

Understanding Rotary Rakes

Understanding the process of hay production and how rotary rakes work can help you make an informed investment decision. Rotary hay rakes have multiple arms attached to a cam. Each arm rotates and turns to pick up and gently fluff the hay, ensuring proper airflow to enhance drying. The rotating motion of the arms turns the teeth of each rake to collect, separate and aerate the hay. This process prevents moisture from accumulating in the hay, encouraging uniform drying.

Older raking machinery designs, such as parallel bar rakes, have more straightforward functions, although rotary rakes offer more adjustments, enhancing results. Wheel rakes operate closer to the ground, often introducing dirt and stones into the hay. In contrast, the design and operation of rotary rakes ensure less dirt contamination because the teeth don't touch the ground. As a result, parallel bar rakes and other older machine designs are being replaced by more innovative rotary rakes.

The Role of Rotary Rakes in Modern Farming Operations

The type of hay rake you choose for your farm will significantly influence the quality of your forage crops and overall farming efficiency. Investing in a machine that benefits both your crops and your farming environment is essential.

So, what are the advantages of rotary rakes?

Benefits of Using Rotary Rakes for Hay Production

Rotary hay rakes can improve forage quality and farming efficiency in the following ways:

  • Improved drying time: These hay rake machines can boost drying time by fluffing and turning hay, separating the hay to expose the surface layers to sunlight. Ultimately, the fluffing process encourages aeration to enhance drying and prevent moisture build-up that can ruin forage crops. Excess moisture can prompt the growth of mold and mildew, so proper aeration is crucial to quality crops.
  • Better forage quality: Forage quality is essential to modern farming practices. Because these rakes can maintain the nutritional value of crops while preventing dirt contamination, the result is overall better crop forage quality.

Farming efficiency

  • Farming efficiency: Rotary hay rakes work faster to collect hay and can cover larger field areas in a shorter time than traditional alternatives. These raking machines make hay collection more efficient, improving the bailing process by raking large field areas and creating uniform windows. This function ensures consistent bailing shapes and sizes for optimal storage and easy transportation.
  • Labor and cost savings: Rotary hay rakes can cover larger field areas more efficiently and reduce the need for manual hay raking. This, in turn, reduces labor costs and improves overall farming efficiency.
  • Versatility: Rotary hay rakes can be adjusted for various landscape conditions and hay types. This feature makes it possible to cover large, hilly or rugged field terrain without hassle. Moreover, these raking machines make seedbed preparation more straightforward. Evenly distributing crop forage residue makes seedbed environments ideal for germination and crop growth.

The many benefits of these innovative hay-raking machines ensure consistent, quality results across farming areas, regardless of the terrain conditions.

Hay Raking Techniques and Tools

Whether you are using a rotary rake for cutting, raking or bailing, the process of collecting quality forage crops requires proper machine use. These rotary rake best practices will ensure you can boost farming efficiency and reap the other benefits of this innovative rake:

  • Set rake teeth correctly: It's essential to set the rake tines or teeth to skim above the ground so they can't dig up dirt that will contaminate crops.
  • Set the windrow wide: To enhance drying time as much as possible, you must set the windrow as wide as you can.
  • Operate the machine consistently: Running a rotary rake at a consistent speed ensures an even windrow and uniform drying results with less moisture build-up.

Beyond these best practices, it's essential to prioritize routine maintenance to make optimal performance possible.

Keeping Your Rotary Rake in Top Condition

Routine maintenance and repair of farm equipment is an essential priority. Here's everything you need to know about keeping a rotary hay rake in top condition.

Routine Maintenance and Repair of Farm Equipment

Rotary hay rakes have several moving parts. To keep these parts moving smoothly, grease all hinges and pivot points daily before use. You can use regular grease or engine oil.

Moreover, monitoring and tightening bolts is vital as they may loosen over time. Checking tire inflation and tread at least once a week ensures the machine can move efficiently across fields. You may need to replace broken and worn tires over time, especially when using this hay rake on uneven and rougher crop fields.

Visit Pequea's before the bailing season starts to reduce the risk of breakdowns causing downtime. Stocking up on replacement tires, rake tines or teeth and bearings ensures you can replace worn-down parts before or as problems arise.

Longevity and Durability of Rotary Rakes

Pequea rotary hay rakes are built to last. With proper maintenance and correct use, these rakes can last years. We use high-quality materials and prioritize careful construction so our rotary hay rakes can cover small to mid-sized fields of any terrain.

All three Pequea models have bogie axles, a hydraulic lift and enclosed gearboxes that can be accessed for maintenance without removal. All models offer easy-to-adjust pitch and specific functions. Two of these models have removable arms that make them easier to transport.

Why Choose Pequea's Rotary Rakes?

Pequea is an American, family-owned business that's been around since 1970. Over the years, we've earned a reputation for retailing farming equipment of the highest quality. Manufacturing superior-quality hay rakes is our passion. Pequea is committed to improving the future of farming and providing quality assurance warranties for all of our products.

We care about our customers and we understand the stress of choosing the right farming equipment to invest in. Reach out to one of our experienced, courteous agents if you have any questions and we'll guide you through the process of finding the best equipment for your specific crop foraging needs.

Learn More About Pequea's Rotary Rakes

Learn More About Pequea's Rotary Rakes

Pequea's range of farming production equipment provides high-quality performance for the highest-quality forage crop production. Our products are designed to withstand even the roughest field conditions.

As a family-owned business, Pequea is committed to providing superior-quality equipment along with excellent customer service. Visit the site to learn more about Pequea rotary hay rakes and browse our machine models.