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I've been coveting a DR Grader, but can't afford such a thing.

I'm planning to try to build a similar device out of a defunct flail mower. Ah, it's probably fixable, but I'd rather have the grader.



I'm going to take off everything that's a flail mower and put a frame on it with teeth in the front and a blade in the back. I've got 1/4" grade 8 bolts to make the teeth out of. May make the blade out of some old mower blades.

I'll replace the wheels with some that don't have pneumatic tires.
 

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A hay rake and a power rake are not the least similar. Google for power rake.

Have to admit, haven't used a power rake in about 20 years, never needed one in Alabama. I'm sure this would make a good one if I needed such a thing. I'd rather have the grader. If it doesn't work I'll keep the parts and try to fix the flail mower.
 

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Why not just a 3pt blade or make one out of a snow plow.
 

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You know what might really work well is a double bladed "box blade".
That's what I added to my grader that I made, I'll get a pic for ya.
 

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Ok here ya go.
I would change the set back on the front blade to about 16" instead of the 8 I used.
The thing I didn't like about the DR grader was if you have a hard packed stone drive the teeth fling stones up at you.
But if your drive is a loose gravel then you jave no worries.
I saw this design and it does work well. The front blade scrapes the gravel into the center area and does a good job at filling in ruts and leaving a nice level finish. :thThumbsU
G' luck
 

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A hay rake and a power rake are not the least similar. Google for power rake.
Maybe I should have said "google for harley rake". Here is a video of a skid steer model.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgeKwkJsWXE

A local landscaper has a skid steer version mounted on the front of his ASV and I've seen it in action. Sure makes quick work of the task at hand.

Of course there are 3pt hitch PTO driven versions as well. I think a harley rake is way more uselful than a simple box blade and would love to have one. I wonder is the drive components on that old flail mower would stand up to the rigors.

Here is a 360 degree view of a PTO 3pt hitch model. Much heavier duty than that old flail mower.
http://www.everything-attachments.com/Videos/360TractorHarley/360tractorharley.html
 

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Hey saw this and remembered is thread thought it might help if only for some ideas?http://saginaw.craigslist.org/grd/1917556283.html
 

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I actually think the driveway groomer is getting there. I'm going to build something similar, but use the frame and 3 point attachment of the mower I have to be able to adjust it and attach it to my tractor.

http://www.drivewaygroomer.com/

This will negate the need for concrete blocks and chains. Weight will come from tractor and hydraulics. I think it's a workable plan.
 

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I don't know if this will help you or not, but I've found that my mid mount grader blade works much better for my gravel drive than a drag behind unit. You don't need much of a blade, a section of I beam would probably work well. Just hook it up to the mower mounts and lift mechanism. Good luck Ed
 

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I'm don't know what function the teeth you plan to make out of 1/4" bolts serve, but if they come in contact with the ground, or even loose gravel then they won't hold up.
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