Farming has a long and diverse history in the United States and throughout the world. The ancient Chinese and Egyptians have some of the earliest histories of farming. In the United States, farming was the main industry from the beginning and was well established as a way of life and sustenance long before the new nation officially came into existence in 1776. Throughout history the advent of farm tools that can help take some of the labor out of the farming process have been warmly received by farmers everywhere. Two such devices are the bar rake and the root rake.
The bar rake or parallel bar rake is a common type of hay rake. It functions by rolling the hay into a windrow, allowing the baler to easily pick up the hay. Bar rakes are known for having the least amount of hay loss, thus proving to be very effective. Bar rakes work especially well with legumes.
Bar Rake Features
Bar rakes simply run along the ground or can work on a hydraulic drive system that runs at variable speed. Bar rakes are among the earliest and most common type of larger-scale farming rakes. Rotary and wheel rakes are the two other types of hay rakes. Bar rakes and other types of hay rakes may be prone to rock collection, so they tend to be more beneficial over areas that are relatively clutter free.
Another useful type of farming rake is a root rake. A root rake is actually an attachment that is made to fit right onto crawlers, skid loaders or tractors. The purpose of a root rake is to make it easier to handle awkward materials. This may include tree branches and limbs or logs and stumps. Root rakes can handle multiple tasks and be good for handling materials that are difficult to manage in an efficient and timely manner.
Types of Root Rakes
There are different types of root rakes. Some root rakes include a bar that has spiked teeth that are attached to the bottom of bulldozer blade. Other types of root rakes have spiked teeth or frame-style blades. Smaller versions of root rakes can be towed by tractors. Root rakes typically come with teeth that can be replaced, which extends the useful lifespan of the rake.
Many tractors have what are known as attachment points that allow for ease in attaching a bar or root rake. Root rakes can be useful in other industries besides farming such as landscaping or logging. They can also be handy for use in construction. Bar and root rakes are two very useful farm tools that can make the farming process easier and more time and cost efficient.