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Gravely 432 / york rake

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I am looking to purchase a Gravely 432 to pull a 60" york rake and other pulling duties where more power and traction is required than can be provided by a L or C8. The rake manual recommends a 12-15HP tractor. The Gravely 432 has a 13 or 14HP Kohler. I am currently using the rake with my church's JD GT245 with a 20HP Kawasaki and that works OK. (Would be better if I mounted the weights.) Is the Gravely 432 capable of this application? Does the drawbar have a height adjustment? The 432 has turf tires and chains. I may change to ag tires with weights or filled tires or all of the preceding to maximize traction. This will be my first Gravely rider.

1950 L, 1954 L, 1969 C8, 1971 C8, (WTB 5665)
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Paul, others may have considerably more insite into your application but I will offer a few thoughts.

I don't think a liftable rear hitch was ever offered for the 400 series tractors, so no, the rear hitch is likely not adjustable.

800, 8000 and G series riders did have liftable rear hitches as an option, but I'm not even sure that would work in your application.

I am assuming your rake is not a 3 point hitch? The standard hitch on a 800 or newer tractor is easily reversed to offer two different heights. Beyond that you would need to see if a liftable hitch would work or make something yourself.

From a traction/power standpint I'm sure a good running 432 would be just fine, as would almost any GRAVELY rider.

I assume you have a line on a 432? A newer, 8000 series or G long frame tractor may be a little more effective? And are easier to find parts and attachments for.

Hopefully some others can offer you more info.

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