How do I make a rake to attach to a lawn tractor?

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How do I make a rake to attach to a lawn tractor?
You can build a rake to attach to your lawn tractor. (tractor image by Dubravko Grakalic from

There are many pull-behind rakes for your lawn tractor that you can buy. These rakes are expensive. You can build a rake that can be pulled behind your lawn tractor that will do an nice job and can be used for many years. This rake can be used for many different jobs in your yard; you can use it for leaf removal, debris and trash, as well as levelling and grading.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 2 studs, 5 cm x 10 cm x 1.2 m (2 inch x 4 inch x 4 feet)
  • Chain link fence, 1.2 m x 1.8 m (4 feet x 6 feet)
  • Drill
  • Philips head bit
  • 7.5 cm (3 inch) screws
  • Rope, 1.8 m (6 feet)
  • 10 penny nails
  • Hammer

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  1. 1

    Place the 1.2 m (4 foot) end of the fence between 2 studs. Starting 2.5 cm (1 inch) from the end of the stud, drill in a screw every 29 cm (11 1/2 inches).

  2. 2

    Repeat step one on the other end of the fence so that you have a 1.8 m (6 foot) piece with boards attached to both ends.

  3. 3

    Hammer a nail half way into the 5 cm (2 inch) side of one of the studs 5 cm (2 inches) from the end. Place the rope so that it is hanging 5 cm (2 inches) over the edge and bend the nail over the rope. Hammer the nail down over the rope so that the rope is held tightly and tie a knot in the rope around the nail.

  4. 4

    Repeat step 3 on the other end of the stud so that the rope is attached on both ends of the stud and has some slack in the middle.

  5. 5

    Find the centre of the rope by holding it up with your finger and moving your finger along the rope until the board is level. Tie a loop in the middle of the rope just big enough to get around the ball hitch on your lawn tractor.

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