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Eamonn Delaney TC880


Eamonn Delaney TC880

We caught up with Liam Delaney who does all the raking for local contracting outfit Delaney Agri. Services in Kilmanagh, Co. Kilkenny. Delaney Agri. Services have been running two Krone rakes for the past two seasons, a TC760 and a TC880 and say they have got on very well.

All rotors run on a Krone developed tridem chassis. This means that the rear axle is wider than the more flexible front axle so that the chassis forms a triangle. With the chassis utilising the full space under the rotor, the wheels can stabilise the rotor where the tines are under load which leads to an exceptionally quiet rake. “They do a grand clean job, they’re sturdy and they’re strong”

“This is our second season with these two rakes and we’ve never had a stop with roughly 5000 acres a year done


Eamonn Delaney

Co. Kilkenny


Eardly Agri Service

Co. Kilkenny

“When you’re working them, they float down on the ground, they don’t slam down”. Krone call it the ‘jet effect’. As the bogies are lowered into work, the rear wheels touch down first before the leading wheels follow. Vice versa, as the rotors lift out, it is the leading wheels that lift out first and the rear wheels that follow. This ensures that the ground is raked clean and that the rotors don’t slam into the ground.

Along with this, all Krone rakes have specially designed lift tines that are kinked in two positions. When compared with more traditional, straight tines, Krone ones clear more material per acre and allow for greater ground clearance which reduces crop contamination.

“They’re very easy to work…you can adjust the rake to clean the ground from the cab”

With conditions often varying, the electric height control system make adjusting the rake height easier and faster than mechanical systems. From the cab-based control box, operators control two servo-motors which change the rotor height conveniently and accurately. Along with adjusting the height, the control box also displays the current work height.

As with all machines, dealer support and back up is very important. Although Delaneys have had no issues with their two rakes, it is important to them that the dealer is able to send somebody out if needed. Eardly Agri. Services ticks the box for them on this.

“We bought these Krones from Eardly Agriculture Services in Kilkenny.. the service is excellent both for the mowers and the rakes. There’s somebody out straight away if anything went wrong but luckily enough, I haven’t had anybody looking at the rakes this or last year…but I know he’s there if I want him”

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