Nikkel Iron Works unveiled the new 1017 model DARF hay rake at its recent national sales meeting, and will show it off to the general public at trade shows throughout the west starting in November.
The new model is in addition to the reliable model 917 rake, which has been on the market for over two decades and has become an industry leader for the California company.
The new rake is a significant upgrade to the reliable 917, with many changes and enhancements made as a result of customer feedback.
Enhancements include the upgraded Dur-Adjust Spring and Rod System and Super Duty walking beam assemblies now offered as standard features. Hydraulic hoses are now enclosed for a smoother, more efficient and maintenance-free operation; a convenient, easy access cover protects the multifunction hydraulic valve from weather and debris; and a redesigned channel lift tube support delivers trouble-free rake wheel height adjustment.
“We have had the 917 for many years and it continues to perform very well,” noted sales manager Bruce Shannon. “Our customers provided us feedback on areas for improvement and we have been listening. The 1017 is a result of open communication with the people who put our rakes in the field.”
The first introduction was during the national sales meeting, along with the unveiling of the new company website, www.nikkelironworks.com. The site will continue to evolve, and will offer e-commerce capabilities for customers and dealers, Shannon said.
The nearly 90-year-old Nikkel Iron Works continues to manufacture its equipment at a plant in Shafter, located near Bakersfield in California’s San Joaquin Valley. The DARF hay rake is known for its durability and its ability to gently, yet quickly, handle hay in the field. DARF hay rakes are in use on small and large family farms and many commercial operations throughout the western United States.
The DARF hay rake is now available with up to 17 wheels in 24 different models in order to meet operators’ specific needs.