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Old 06-28-2011, 12:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Raking Hay w/o kicker wheel

I have a disc mower that I use to mow my hay... And the 10 wheel v-rake I have doesn't have a center kicker wheel.. Is this necessary or what do people do?
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Are you baling or chopping?
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Round Baling!!
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Old 06-28-2011, 01:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Well, I know my round baler would fuss over that feeding in, not sure about yours. I think it will boil down to where you'll end up raking a couple of rows and trying it. I for one will be curious to what you find or what others will post. Sorry I can't be more help. Tbone
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Are you pulling two windrows together or just turning one over?
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Old 06-28-2011, 02:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I used a 3pt Discmower so it just laid the hay flat... basicly like a sickle mower, I am just wondering what a 10 wheel v-rake will do without a center kicker wheel... Will I miss a lot with the baler....
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Old 06-28-2011, 04:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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You should not have an issue with it, We ran that way for years, never had a prob with it.
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
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If your pickup on the baler is set and the hay is cured in the middle you should have no problem.
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As long as hay is cured and still up off the ground you should have no problems at all.

We only drop our kicker wheel if the hay has been knocked down to the ground by rain or if the hay isn't quite cured and needs lifted to let the air through it.
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We would almost always have to have everything flopped and fluffed to cure here in our humidity, heavy dew, etc. Just me, my baler, my conditions.
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