Harley rake and tiller are two harrow tools that help farmers to prepare their fields for planting. Both harrows may be pulled by a tractor or harvester, but they have different applications in the field.
Harley Rake and Tiller Difference
A Harley rake has more teeth per square inch than a tiller, thus its closed row system harvests more crop residue than the open row system of a tine harrow, saving time and money with reduced cultivation costs after harvest. The Harley rake also covers less ground than a tiner, making it ideal for closing gaps between rows of plants such as potatoes and carrots.
Tiller Harrow With one tooth for every four inches, a tiller harrow can cultivate a field to loosen soil and remove weeds, as well as harrow a field before planting. Use a tiller harrow on new fields whose high residue level makes cultivating too difficult.
Harvesting both corn and soybeans is easier when the harvester uses Harley rake instead of tine harrow because harvesting units or headers are equipped with self-sharpening harvester knives that can cut crops more uniformly if the crop residue is removed first.
The closed row system of Harley rake does not compact soil like an open row system used in tilling, which means higher yields from your harvests due to better water infiltration into your cropland. The close shank of a harley harrow, which is 1/10 of an inch from the top of the harvester to the bottom of harvester knives which harvests crops, allows deeper penetration into soil due to less ripping and tearing when harvesting.
Harley rake offers more flexibility during harvests because harvesters are equipped with adjustable harvester knives’ height settings that can be changed depending on crop residue level. Also if you’re cultivating a cornfield for next year’s ground preparation and encounter stones in the soil, harvesting units or headers can easily clear it without damage. Harley Rake vs Tine Harrow Myth: The closed row system used in Harley rake does not compact soil like an open harrow. Harley rake provides more aeration to soil and hence harvesters get better yield in the following year. On the contrary harvesting with Harley rake can easily turn over furrows into a good seedbed.
The useful life of Harley Rake
The Harley rake’s main body, rakes’ tines are built using very heavy gauge steel which makes it long lasting. It has minimal wear and tears as the Harleys have no moving parts or any welds that can break off. Also when turning crops under, the Harley rake leaves rows nice and neat making it possible for follow-up seeding/cultivating operations without loss of time in row cleaning or loss of crop residue to wind and rain erosion.
The Harley Rake life span of harvesting varies based on different harvests, soil conditions, and even the type of crop being harvested. Harley rakes are made from steel which is heavy duty for durability. For a Harley rake to last longer it requires regular maintenance and repair when needed, Harleys can be repaired by fitting.