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  • Arena Rakes...which one?

    I'm dithering between 2 arena rakes. My ring is being built right now...the size is still up in the air. I can approximate it will be around 80x120 or so. Give or take...hard to tell for sure since right now it's a bunch of small mountains of different materials surrounded by a ginormous 8' deep moat. (okay, right now it's perfect for extreme trail class...or maybe the Omak Suicide race)

    I have a JD 2320 with the i-match hitch. I'm looking at this rake:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2WYErys12c

    And this rake:
    http://pineplainstractor.com/images/SunComb.jpg

    The footing is a clay/sand mix. Or any other suggestions?
    You jump in the saddle,
    Hold onto the bridle!
    Jump in the line!
    ...Belefonte

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    Be interesting to see what response you get. I have really too big a tractor to use in my arena, 100 x 150 with jumps and we have a 60 hp john deere enclosed cab tractor. I am looking for something small my golf cart can pull but the cart is an Easy Go gas powered but I think only 11 hp....most of the arena drags say you need 17 hp!

    Good luck. Your tractor seems perfect sized for an arena. Unfortunately we needed a much larger tractor for farm/work for hubby and really it is oversized for what I need it for.
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    • #3
      I have an Arena Rascal and it works good for your size area which is same as mine.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSM5XfS_TrE

      I think the others you posted links for would be too big for 80' x 120'

      I used to pull the Arena Rascal with a 4 wheeler but we sold it. So I converted mine to a three-point kit from the manufacturer and now use it with my New Holland TC-30 tractor.

      Oh, and one of the nice things about an arena drag with a three-point is that it makes it easy to get into the corners of the arena.

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        #4
        pcwertb...the 2320 is new, we bought that one because my other tractor is just a bit too big for my property/needs. The other tractor is awesome, but it's a mid-frame sized 33 hp. The smaller frame 23 hp is just a little bit smaller/narrower but I can get it in and out of the mostly heavy woods all over my small place.

        Bigger tractors are great, you can never have too much power. But you can have too much size.

        pds...thanks, I checked out that video. That one looks simple to use. You can convert it to a 3 point? That's one thing I was looking at with rakes...I prefer to use it with a 3 pt as opposed to a ball hitch. Easier to move it around, just lift it and go. I didn't think of having one retrofitted to use with a 3 pt or the i-match. The dealership where I got the tractor is really good about tweaking attachments to be i-match compatible.

        I don't want one wider than 6', I'd prefer 5' though if possible. Easier to store (only so much storage room under a roof) and easier to maneuver in a smaller arena.

        Thanks guys! Hopefully others will chime in. There's a lot of rakes out there and it's not easy picking the right one.
        You jump in the saddle,
        Hold onto the bridle!
        Jump in the line!
        ...Belefonte

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        • #5
          One size does not fit all

          Originally posted by pcwertb View Post
          Be interesting to see what response you get. I have really too big a tractor to use in my arena, 100 x 150 with jumps and we have a 60 hp john deere enclosed cab tractor. I am looking for something small my golf cart can pull but the cart is an Easy Go gas powered but I think only 11 hp....most of the arena drags say you need 17 hp!

          Good luck. Your tractor seems perfect sized for an arena. Unfortunately we needed a much larger tractor for farm/work for hubby and really it is oversized for what I need it for.
          We have a 50 (or so) hp enclosed cab Kubota that powers the front end loader, bale spear, bush hog, post hole digger, etc, a 26 hp Kubota that mows the lawn and has a back hoe and a 4 wd golf cart that carries horse food and hay bales and pulls the Newer Spreader.

          While the golf cart gets the most use I wouldn't want to do without any of them
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          • #6
            Originally posted by MistyBlue View Post
            pcwertb...the 2320 is new, we bought that one because my other tractor is just a bit too big for my property/needs. The other tractor is awesome, but it's a mid-frame sized 33 hp. The smaller frame 23 hp is just a little bit smaller/narrower but I can get it in and out of the mostly heavy woods all over my small place.

            Bigger tractors are great, you can never have too much power. But you can have too much size.

            pds...thanks, I checked out that video. That one looks simple to use. You can convert it to a 3 point? That's one thing I was looking at with rakes...I prefer to use it with a 3 pt as opposed to a ball hitch. Easier to move it around, just lift it and go. I didn't think of having one retrofitted to use with a 3 pt or the i-match. The dealership where I got the tractor is really good about tweaking attachments to be i-match compatible.

            I don't want one wider than 6', I'd prefer 5' though if possible. Easier to store (only so much storage room under a roof) and easier to maneuver in a smaller arena.

            Thanks guys! Hopefully others will chime in. There's a lot of rakes out there and it's not easy picking the right one.
            The manufacturer makes a three-point conversion kit. Mine came as a pull benind and I didn't like it because I could not get into the corners. Bought it about 4 years ago and I don't remember how much the three-point kit costs but I do remember that it was eazy to convert.

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            • #7
              Some model of Kiser Dragmaster is what most arenas around here use, considered the best by far:

              http://www.abiattachments.com/produc...ragmaster.html

              That is what the reining trainer I work with has and her arena is always perfectly groomed.
              Sure better than the 10' plain tandem disc plow we used years ago.

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              • #8
                Agree with Bluey..Kiser is probably, IMO, one of, if not the best drag out there..

                They are very pricey, but I feel they potentially pay for themselves in making sure the footing is very good..

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                • Original Poster

                  #9
                  Well, we bought one tonight. We ended up with the TR3. It was between that one and the Kiser Edge.

                  I was oogling the Dragmaster by Kiser but that's way too much for the little arena I'm putting in. Boy is it nice though.

                  We got it from abi...great guys there. Answered my billion and one questions for me. Seems the TR3 will do quite a few other jobs around here too, which comes in handy. I liked the blade on the Edge though...
                  You jump in the saddle,
                  Hold onto the bridle!
                  Jump in the line!
                  ...Belefonte

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                  • #10
                    I seriously covet a kiser water wagon.
                    I wasn't always a Smurf
                    Penmerryl's Sophie RIDSH
                    "I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
                    The ignore list is my friend. It takes 2 to argue.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MistyBlue View Post
                      Well, we bought one tonight. We ended up with the TR3. It was between that one and the Kiser Edge.

                      I was oogling the Dragmaster by Kiser but that's way too much for the little arena I'm putting in. Boy is it nice though.

                      We got it from abi...great guys there. Answered my billion and one questions for me. Seems the TR3 will do quite a few other jobs around here too, which comes in handy. I liked the blade on the Edge though...
                      Would you post pictures with it working when you get it, please?

                      I know a local trainer that used one of those, a very old model and it is still going strong, like new and doing a very good job for him.

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                      • Original Poster

                        #12
                        Sure, can do Bluey. Should be here in 3 weeks or so. Good to hear they seem to last.

                        Carol, I was doing a lot of covetting on the abi website.
                        You jump in the saddle,
                        Hold onto the bridle!
                        Jump in the line!
                        ...Belefonte

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