You'll find that a lawn mower drag harrow is one of the handiest, most effective, easy-to-use and inexpensive attachments! Read my buying tips, and independent review of the best harrow, below:
Lawn mower drag harrows (also known as a harrow rake or chain harrow) can save you many hours of work in your field, yard, paddock, driveway, pasture or arena. And your lawn 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 lawn mower 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).
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 lawn mower.
MY TIP: make sure you don't unroll, hook up or drag your harrow until your reach the exact area you want to harrow. These tines 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 much lighter, cheaper steel -- and they look & feel like you'd need to replace them in a few years. Not a good value, for me.
For lawn mowers, 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.