A garden tractor drag harrow is one of the handiest, most effective, easy-to-use and inexpensive attachments available!
Garden tractor drag harrows (also known as a harrow rake or chain harrow) can easily save you many hours of work in your yard, field, driveway, pasture or arena - and your garden tractor will allow you to harrow in tight places a tractor, utility tractor or pick-up just can't reach.
By using a tow behind harrow rake on your garden tractor you can quickly level gravel driveways or roads, which is really helpful after a heavy rain or snow storm.
You can also work horse arenas, break up manure in a pasture and prepare garden plots for planting by breaking up large clots of dirt.
And, in one pass, you can prepare any field or garden plot for water, seed or fertilizer, as well as break up dead material on the surface of the soil (called dethatching).
A garden tractor harrow rake consists of a section of interwoven chain steel links with tines that face down, towards the ground. Chain harrow sections can be rolled up for transporting or easy storage.
There are both rigid tine and variable action tine harrows on the market. Personally, I prefer the rigid tines because I just haven't seen the payback/benefit from variable action tines. And the rigid harrow tines are generally less expensive. But that's just my personal experience.
These pull behind chain harrows are outfitted with a steel drawbar that has a steel ring hook-up. (see photo)
This steel ring is easy slipped over any pin hitch or draw hitch on your garden tractor.
MY TIP: don't unroll, hook up or drag your harrow until your reach the exact area you want to work. These tines will really tear up lawns.
MY OTHER TIP: There are many drag harrows on the market. But be warned of the ones that really aren't built for the long haul. I've seen some of these attachments that have a super-low price, but when I take a closer look, I see they are made of a lighter, cheaper steel -- and they look & feel like you'd need to replace them in a year. Not a good value, for me.
For garden tractors, the general rule of thumb is that you need 2HP of power for every foot of drawbar width. That is, you will need 12HP to pull a harrow that has a six foot wide drawbar.