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An agricultural rake is usually used to collect straw or hay that has been cut and form it into windrows. The hay or straw can then be collected and processed by a loader wagon or baler. The rake will also tease up the cut crop and turn it over to allow for better drying. A rake can be utilised at night time to protect the crop from dew and then a tedder can spread the hay in the morning for better drying to be achieved.

Early rakes were simply branches, and these evolved into wooden hand-held rakes with teeth. These in turn developed into the earliest horse-drawn rake, known as a dump rake. This was a two-wheel machine with iron or steel curved teeth, operated from a driver’s seat mounted on the rake and a lifting mechanism operated by lever.

The dump rake operated at right angles to the windrow, with the operator raising the rake, turning it around and dropping the hay on the windrow. This was often combined with a sweep rake, which could lift the windrowed hay and drop it on to a wagon.

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This was followed by a mechanical version of the dump rake, called the side delivery rake. This unit featured a reel with gear or chain drive mounted at a 45-degree angle against the window. This allowed the hay to be gathered and pushed to the side of the rake as it progressed along the field. The side delivery rake could be drawn longitudinally in respect to the windrow by either draught animals or a tractor.

This removed the more labour-intensive dump rake processes of raising, lowering and repeated raking. The side delivery rake created the spiralling continuous windrows common to 20th-century farms.

Later models of wheel rakes, also known as star wheel rakes, followed. These adopted a far more sophisticated design. They had between five and seven (sometimes more) wheels with spring teeth mounted on a frame. The implement was powered by the forward movement of the rake.

These rakes were marketed as being simpler mechanically and cheaper and easier to operate than earlier rakes. They were also reckoned to be gentler on the crop than the side delivery rakes. Today the most common rake being used in Europe is the rotary rake.

Rotary, or rotor, rakes can be single- or multi-rotor units. Single-rotor rakes are more compact implements, suitable for use with low-horsepower tractors and offering working widths of up to four metres or more. These can be simple trailed machines or with a pivoting connection to the three-point linkage. They are light and flexible and able to be easily manoeuvred on smaller farms.

Multi-rotor rakes are suitable for more high-performance applications and can have working widths of fifteen metres. Machines can have four separate rotors or more and are designed for large coverage. Manufacturers include CLAAS, Fella, Krone, Kuhn, Kverneland, Lely and Vicon.

Rakes are essentially simple implements with robust mechanicals and would make a suitable second-hand purchase. Field-testing a used rake on your own land and with your own tractor is always wise, but a well-chosen used rake should give years of good service.

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