How to Make a Rolling Basket Harrow

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Last Updated on September 16, 2022

If you have ever wondered how to make a rolling basket hrow, you aren‚t alone. There are many people who would like to have their own, and that‚s perfectly acceptable. These simple implements can be constructed easily in your own backyard, and they have several advantages over other similar tools. In this article, I‚ll show you how to make a rolling basket harrow, from models to construction to the benefits of owning one.

Making a rolling basket harrow

The basic purpose of a rolling basket is to prepare the seedbed for planting. There are a variety of different designs for this implement. Some are made to be used on a single row of cultivators while others are designed to be paired with a double row. The harrow section is designed to fit on most field cultivators. These implements have a spring loaded mount on the implement‚s drawbar arms for positive mounting.

To start out, you will need to purchase a double-basket rolling harrow. This model will accommodate larger wheels and are available in twelve to fifty-three feet. Depending on the size of the harrow you are buying, you can choose a cross-fold, stack or vertical fold design. To use the double-basket model, simply fold one roll and the other one across the other. Then stack the two units together, and you‚re ready to go!

Another option for a double-row harrow is a 3-bar model. These models feature three rows of teeth on nine-inch centers. They provide ample contact area to level even tough fields. The rolling basket is heavy enough to level the soil, but is flexible enough to be lifted and run with light pressure in the fall. A light-pressure roll will leave the soil with more standing stocks and larger clod sizes, helping to prevent erosion over the winter.


Rolling basket harrows come in several models with different features. Two-bar coil-tine harrows are designed to be used in secondary tillage passes prior to planting. These implements produce an even and level seedbed with consistent seed placement. Coil tines on these implements are designed to level the shank trough of field cultivators. The rolling basket is a combination of larger and fine soil particles that promotes excellent seed-to-soil contact.

The Rolling Harrow is designed to finish rocky soils quickly and efficiently. It has been an industry leader for 30 years and features aggressive front rollers and passive rear rollers. This model features a double-basket design that reduces soil compaction and allows for 20% higher blade height. Models of Rolling Basket Harrows come in various sizes and are available with a flat-fold or double-basket design.

For higher-speed operations, the Model 1645 double-basket Rolling Harrow is designed for high-speed soil finishing. The heavy-duty 16″ rolling baskets are complemented by 3/8″ thick high-carbon steel blades. These implements come in 12‚ – 63‚ widths and in cross, vertical-fold or stack-fold designs. Once fully-loaded, these implements are ready for storage.


The basic construction of a rolling basket harrow consists of a support structure that is connected to the aft end of the tine support members. The support members are fixed to the rear frame member 14. A series of hydraulic cylinders are connected to the support members and pivot the arms against the bias of down-pressure springs. The harrow can be designed to work with various soil conditions and implements are available in different working widths.

The support arms 40 are pivotally connected to the aft end of the harrow 30. They include downwardly-directed arm sections 114 connected to the lowermost apertured plate members 115. The support arms also support the rolling basket structure 50, which works with the soil behind the harrow 30. Support arms 40 also have a pivotal connection to the hydraulic cylinder structure. The hydraulic cylinder structure is connected to the bracket structure by means of downpressure springs 52.


The most obvious benefit of rolling basket harrows is that they break up the soil into small clods and toss them high enough to separate the larger chunks. This means that the finer soil will remain in the seedbed and the rolling baskets will pulverize the clods to leave finer-grained soil behind. The spiral arrangement of the basket blades also helps to displace chemicals deep into the weed roots.

This versatile implement is a great tool for wet spring conditions. This model is a 45-foot Canadian Combo and will require less horsepower than similar competing machines. It requires minimal maintenance and can be operated in aggressive or conventional modes. It comes in a variety of sizes, including stack-, cross-, or vertical-fold. Its dual-basket design will help you plow larger fields in less time.

No-till farmers often need a harrow to deal with the heavy residue left behind after no-tilling. This heavy residue can act like a wet mat, holding cold in the soil. Its weight has pushed some farmers away from no-tilling. No-till farmers can use a rotary harrow to fluff up and mix the residue into the soil.

The RUBIN series of rollers features six-mm discs that offer better cutting and penetration. Its discs also have a nine-inch spacing to ensure even cutting. The discs are also hydraulically adjustable, and the gang angle can be set to any angle. The Whitaker 4450 is available in 12 to 38-ft widths and a suggested list price of $13,655 for the 12-ft 9-in.

Adding hydraulic valve and guage

Adding a hydraulic valve and guage to a roller harrow is an excellent way to increase the overall performance of the machine. The hydraulic cylinders are connected with a piston rod that is partially retracted and engages the rotary harrow 1098, which is engaged with the ground 2000 under a specific force related to the pressure in the hydraulic cylinder. The guage is located on a cylinder, and is mounted at the top of the hydraulic cylinder.

The cylinder is hydraulically actuated and acts on the mounting arm 1114, which in turn is attached to the rotary harrow. The cylinders are in fluid communication with each other and can be remotely operated from a cab of the tractor pulling the harrow. The distance X of the supporting arm 1113 from the ground is the same on both sides of the hydraulic circuit.

The rotary harrow deflects when one side of the harrow hits a hard impediment. It also twists around its longitudinal axis and pivots. All of these forces cause compressive forces upward and downward. The harrow suffers sideways stresses as well. The hydraulic valve and guage alleviate the stresses generated by these various motions by allowing relative motion between the basket and the mounting element.

Adding hydraulic valve and guage to the rolling basket harrow adds approximately $400 to the kit cost. This system is a crucial component of the machine and allows for active hydraulic down pressure on the baskets. The hydraulic valve is an optional add-on that adds to the value of the rolling basket harrow. If you‚re considering adding a hydraulic valve and guage, make sure you read the manual carefully before ordering the parts.

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