R2 Rinaldi Power Harrows
Power Harrows (also called Rotary Harrows) offer the ultimate in seedbed prep and secondary tillage/weed control. Professional market gardeners and farmers in Europe have been using these machines for many years, and folks in North America are finally “catching on” that these tools are the best secondary tillage option, particularly for soils that are worked multiple times during the growing season.
HOW THEY WORK: Multiple sets of tines rotate on vertical axles for totally horizontal tillage of the soil – NO inversion of soil layers and NO vertical compression leading to hardpan formation. Also, the “stirring” action does not over-pulverize the soil such as can be done with a rototiller; the soil stays in better shape, and can be worked more times in a season without risk of seriously damaging soil structure. The mesh roller in the rear perfectly levels and pre-tamps seedbed for precision seeding and good seed-to-soil contact, and the roller adjusts incrementally up & down for perfect depth adjustments ranging from 0” to 5.5” working depth.
We offer TWO brands of power harrows: The “Original” harrows, built by R2 Rinaldi of Italy since 1979 (this is the brand made famous in Jean-Martin Fortier’s book, The Market Gardener…he purchased an R2 Harrow from us in 2008); and also the BCS-brand “Clovis” harrows, produced in Canada.
|R2 Rinaldi Harrows||BCS “Clovis” Harrows|
|Drive type||Heat-treated, hardened steel gears–MOST DURABLE||Chain-drive|
|Width options||20”, 24”, 30”, 36”||21”, 32” (not properly sized for 30” beds)|
|Side / front protection||Adjustable-depth, spring-loaded steel plates - firmly holds soil in on sides, to form better raised beds||Rubber flaps - poor control of soil on sides, rubber will dry-rot|
|Adjustable Grader blade||Available, helps with landscaping projects||None|
|Optional roller styles||Mesh roller, Solid roller or Bar-type roller||Mesh roller only|
|Depth/Height adjustment system:||Fast screw-crank with 1/8” adjustment increments||Lever-type with ½” increments (lever-type system designed to help offset the extra weight of these harrows, which are 40+ lbs. heavier than the R2 and much harder to handle)|
|Company experience||Building harrows since 1979||Building harrows since 2014|
Obviously, the R2 brand harrows offer many advantages in durability and usability, but if a customer simply must have “everything BCS brand”, then we can supply the BCS “Clovis” harrow.
Due to the fact that the harrows are the only soilworking implement that has an oscillating swivel-joint at the PTO coupling allowing the harrow to “float” independent of the tractor axle, these tools are also coveted by the landscaping industry for leveling out / renovating yards or any lumpy terrain. Many of the R2 brand harrows are even available with a small (removable) adjustable-height grader blade at the front to level out the ground in that plane as well. (NOTE: for agricultural work, the grader-blade is typically removed, because when it is place, the harrow won’t go over 3” deep without the grader blade starting to push soil.)
R2-brand 30” units are also available with a full-width drop-seeder attachment mounted between the harrow and the mesh roller for lawn/cover crop seeding.
The current R2 harrows are designed to be the easiest-handling and longest-lasting harrows in each size class. (Revisions were made in early 2016 to the 30” model to improve handling compared to previous R2 models.) The power harrows DO have some weight to them, though – this is by design, so they can put enough pressure on the rear roller to “tamp” the soil properly. Based on the tractor model you are applying it to, a front counter-balance weight may be helpful to achieve the best handling. We also recommend that many tractor models be equipped with 5x12x22” or larger wheels for proper ground clearance. (Ask us about our recommendations for wheel size & possible counterbalance weights)
ALL R2 RINALDI POWER HARROWS CAN BE FITTED DIRECTLY TO OLDER BCS TRACTOR MODELS (provided they have the power & wheel size needed) AT NO EXTRA CHARGE – SIMPLY REQUEST A PTO COUPLING FLANGE ON THE HARROW SPECIFIC TO THE OLDER TRACTOR MODEL YOU HAVE.