A strong, super reliable rake designed and manufactured in Australia is an entry in the Henty Machine of the Year Award.
The Next F Series hay rake has been designed and built by Simon Schinckel, in Naracoorte, South Australia, with self-opening wings to reduce heavy lifting by the operator.
Mr Schinckel spent two years fine tuning a “smarter, simpler, safer and sexier’’ way of lifting out the 15-20kg telescopic arms into position for V raking.
Telescopic arms are fitted to the raking arms and the main beam, opening themselves.
The required raking width can be pre-set with a magnetic pin fitted to the telescopic arm.
There are nine different pre-set raking positions, ranging from 14 to 30 feet wide for V raking.
With a patent in hand, Simon first launched his new rake at the Wimmera Field Days in early March, sparking high interest with orders placed on the day and more to follow.
Mr Schinckel said there was no lifting involved, or pins to be removed or lost.
A former shearer and bulldozer driver, he has been designing and building hay rakes for 27 years, turning them out at the rate of one a week.