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Hay Master
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I've had one for 8-9 years now and it's still in regular use......I just used it yesterday. Works fine in both dirt and sand. For dirt I put the teeth in and for sand I use the profile blades to keep from disturbing the arena base. The tractor I use (JD 5325) to drag it around has a hydraulic top link which is great for fine tuning it on the go. I've never had any problems with it. It's built solid and about the only thing that can go wrong with it are the wheel bearings and they are easy to maintain and/or replace. I've had and used other arena rakes, I definitely like the TR-3, and have no reason to look at anything else.
 

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Hay Master
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I'm on top of a windy hill and have to move the arena sand back from where nature relocates it. By lifting the back comb, I can pickup enough sand to spin the tires on the tractor. You can move dirt with it, but a scraper would be better......You just can't use a scraper in an arena afterwards.

With the hydraulic top link, I can pretty much adjust it to do anything I want from moving sand, leveling it out, and finishing it without getting out of the seat. The only time I touch the wheels is to grease them.

I've never tried to use it for landscaping, but like FCF says, that's what they were originally designed for. I got mine from a show. They sell them cheaper to keep from having to ship them home. The rest of the time, it's hard to get them to budge very much. Good luck!
 

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Having worked enough dirt arenas, I have a fair amount of faith in the TR-3. You're not going to move a huge amount of dirt in a pass but it will fill up. I do prefer it over a box blade. For use in the arena, you may think about a smaller one. I have to maneuver around jumps so I worry about knocking the damn things over. I doubt you've got that problem.

You might want to invest in a cheap York Rake to get the wood out of there first. It really won't bother the TR-3 but it is much happier in just dirt and sand.
 
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