TR3 Rake – For Horse Arena – Detailed Walk-Through

My name is Scott Holmes and I’m an Executive Vice President of ABI. Welcome to the TR3 Rake. America’s favorite arena drag with over 7000 satisfied customers in the past eight years.

I’m making this video for you so I can walk you through the fine points of the TR3 rake and make sure that you completely understand how it affects you, your horse, your farm operation, and the time that you spend and the money you spend on this important hobby. Not only is it an incredible arena drag, but it is the most versatile Three-Point tool that you’ll ever have on your farm. And in most cases, you’ll never taken off your tractor.

The first component that comes into contact with your arena footing or your ground is our patented floating drag bar. Now, I’m going to give you an example. I recommend that you don’t do this at home because this drag bar is heavy. But if you grab this arm, you’ll see that the drag bar floats. All right. That is patented and unique only to the TR3 rake. The reason that a floating drag bar is important to the TR3 and to you is the ease of use. Every other drag on the market today, if it claims that it can move material from one point to another, you have to sit on your tractor and manually control the Three-Point Hydraulic 3-point of your tractor. You see a high spot coming, you have to dip down and say, OK, I’m going to grab that high spot and now I’m going to feather into a low spot.

There is no other way to eliminate. Highs and lows with any other three point tool than to manually control. If you’re always looking behind you, you’re not looking forward, and you’re having to manually control your Three-Point. With a TR3 as it’s being pulled, It’s hitting a high spot and floating like this. And now it’s dropping material into your holes and low spots.

That is how the TR3 floating drag bar works. When you have it in the float position. But the beauty of our drag bar is that the floating position is not the only position. If you want to move a large amount of material. In other words, you’re a holes are bigger than your tractor or you’ve got a two foot drop from one side of your arena to another. You know, one of my reps has always said you didn’t call us because your arena is in great condition or you’re looking at an arena drag because you’re arenas and bad condition. Well, the TR3, because of its unique and patented drag bar, can not only maintain an arena, but it can fix an arena. And the way to fix it is to take this pin, put it right over the top of the drag bar, and now it won’t float. Now it’s fixed and rigid. Now, as you’re going and you’re finding a high spot, Now you manually drop the tool down, pull material around, and fill it into your low spots. That’s called a rough grading. When it’s floating, we call it finished grading. And it’s very important to understand the difference.

The second component of the TR3 that touches the ground is our fixed scarifiers or ripping teeth. Now, I’m willing to deliberately skip our stabilizing wheel, in fact I’m going to move it. I’m going to take it out of the TR3 so you get a better shot. The ripping teeth of the TR3 are pinned into a bracket that’s welded to the angle iron of the TR3. Now in this bracket you have multiple holes from multiple depth. And what’s important to know about the ripping teeth of the TR3 is that they’re fixed. They’re not spring-loaded. This allows a TR3 to be very aggressive.

And it’s imperative that with any good arena drag, you’ve got to have a rigid loosening tooth or some kind of loosening mechanism, because if you have a spring-loaded. s-tine or tines that spring backwards, or grooming rods is just ride on top, then it doesn’t get into the ground and break up your hardpan. And what’s important about arena footing is not the condition of the top of the footing, but the condition of the footing through out clear down to the base.

Your horse is a reactionary animal and responds to stimuli both positive and negative, and the cues that it’s getting from the footing is critical to the success of its training. You’re spending hours per day in your arena trying to get your horse to listen to your seat position, your leg position, the cues of your rein. And if it’s concerned about the footing, if the footing is not consistently loose, if it’s got hard spots and soft spots and deep spots, then the horse is not going to listen to you.

And when an s-tine harrow or with a spring-loaded tooth, if it hits a hard spot, it’s going to ride not with a TR3. Our teeth are designed that when the TR3 is in its proper position, they’re coming into the ground at an angle. About a 45 degree angle. This allows it to be sunk into the ground and break up the hardest riding condition.

A lot of our competitors talk about the ripping teeth of the TR3 getting into the base. Believe me, we have an answer for that. I’m going to get to that when I talk about our stabilizing wheels. But what I want to share with you now is a very important aspect of the TR3 rake, and it’s why we designed it the way we did.

Almost every other arena drag on the market has its ripping teeth upfront right behind the wheels of the tractor. Your traditional box scraper has your ripping teeth up front. When Kevin Keigley designed the TR3, he strategically placed the ripping teeth, the scarifying teeth behind the floating drag bar. And here’s why. Because you’ve always got to have a loose material. If you’ve ever used a box scraper or any drag that has a blade coming behind the ripping teeth, you’re defeating the purpose. You put a lot of material on a blade on a on some kind of a box that pulls that. That is just like a roller and it’s recompacting what you’re loosening in front of it. By putting the ripping teeth behind the drag bar, then you’ve consistently and always have a loose footing.

Now, for every positive, there’s a negative. And some people are gonna say, well, the negative is that you have to make two passes. Not always, but in some cases. But it’s more important that you have a consistent loose footing behind your tractor with every single pass.

Earlier, I told you that we had a way to keep our scarifiers from going into your base material, and that is our stabilizing wheels. These stabilizing wheels are foam filled. You’ll never get a flat. You can get a nail in it. He can put glass through it. These tires will not go bad. ABI, The TR3 rake is the only tool in America that allows you to put a stabilizing wheel between your floating drag bar and you’re ripping teeth. And this is the dead center on the tool. It’s the pivot point. If you’re grading out your gravel road and you want all the weight of the TR3 on your ripping teeth, just take your stabilizing wheels and move them to the front hole. Now, you have no contact with your stabilizing wheel. If you have deep arena footing and you need to get the tool up off the ground a little bit. You can move back to a lower haul position. This raises the frame up. So not only do we have stabilizing wheels, but there are adjustable. So you have multiple uses for your stabilizing wheels. But the stabilizing wheels are what keep the ripping teeth from going in the ground, because you got to think about this. When a tractor and in the front tires of a tractor go up a hill, a Three-Point wants to go down. Without anything stopping the Three-Point from going down, rippers will get into your base. But with the tires on the TR3 rake in the floating drag bar, the TR3 rake, the tractor tire goes up the tool stays still, the drag bar levels and the ripping teeth stay consistent. By the way, these are real tires. These tires have a spindle and hubs and an axle all replaceable.

We’re giving you foam-filled real tires that will last you a long time. We have certain competitors who misrepresent the TR3 and our stabilizing wheels by saying that the stabilizing wheel simply follow the contour of the ground. They do. That’s not a bad thing. That’s what makes it TR3 the best ground prep multi-purpose tool in the world. You need the tool to follow the contour of the ground. You shouldn’t have a wheel that’s got a two foot swell or holes bigger than the tractor. If you do, you need to repair that arena. Our competitor’s tools can’t do that. The TR3 can. You lock the blade down, you treat it like a box scraper, you could actually repair your arena. Now the tires following the contour of the ground is a good thing. It keeps the depth of the scarifiers from going into your base. Don’t let somebody mislead you. Having stabilizing wheels on any ground prep tool makes it a more powerful and easier to use piece of equipment.

The last component of the TR3 rate that touches your arena footing is our finish rake. This finish rake is three quarter inch, hardened steel, and plasma cut. The TR3 finish rake is designed to break up clumps of material that’s left over from the ripping action of the TR3 rake. Pulverize it, give you a beautiful signature finish. It’s going to actually press into the ground and push the material up through the comb of the finish rake. This gives you a loosening action, a filling in the small hole action, and actually cushion for the top surface of your riding arena.

Another misstatement that a lot of our competitors make is that this is aluminum. No, it’s painted silver. Remember, it’s three quarter inch hardened, abrasive-resistant steel.

Now, I want to share with you the importance to the relationship between the finish rake and the stabilizing wheel. The stabilizing wheel, as I mentioned, is patented because of its position. We positioned it at the center point of the tool to make a pivot point so that you can actually tip the TR3 rake back on it’s wheel, put the finish rake into the ground and push backward without gouging. If you try to push backward on a box scraper or any other tool that doesn’t have a stabilizing wheel at the center point of the tool, you’re tool is going to dig into the ground and you’re going to be trying to lift it manually with your three point hydraulic. With the relationship between the stabilizing wheel in the finish rake, you could easily and smoothly push material backwards to fill in holes around jump’s corners of arenas. You put it out on your gravel road, you can fill in potholes going backwards. You’re on trails. You can push rocks and debris right off of your right off of your trail. So the relationship between the stabilizing wheel and the finish rake is imperative to the success and the multi use of the TR3 rake.

When trying to understand the TR3 rake and how it works, it’s important to understand the relationship of all the points that I just showed you. It’s important to understand that the TR3 was designed at an angle, not flat. If you try to use a TR3 flat and square to the ground, it’s not going to work. There are a lot of tools in the market now who’ve tried to copy the multi-use of the TR3 rake, but none of them have this design because they’re all designed on a square flat. So you can only do one thing at a time. With a TR3 rake, the floating drag bar, the scarifiers or the ripping teeth, and the finish rake all work with every single pass. And it’s important to understand how to set it up. Take the Top link to your tractor; extend it out until the back finish rake is pressed into the ground. Now the bottom of the drag bar and the bottom of the finish rake are going to be on the same plane.

That’s how the TR3 is to be setup. All three point to working together. The foam filled stabilizing wheels right here to keep it all still. So when your tractor tire goes up, your tool doesn’t go down. Your base is protected. You have a multi-purpose tool for gravel roads, trails, seed preparation and the most famous and popular arena drag on the market today.

For those of you who need the TR3, for the multi-purpose uses for your gravel road or your trails or your ground preparation needs. And yet you want to take that TR3 to the next level and make it even a better arena drag than it already is. And Bob helped us develop the profile technology on the TR3, and we call it the TR3 profiler.

This allows you to attach the profiler to your TR3, loosen from the bottom up with a floating comb on the back and you get the exact same effect as the Edge or the Arena Rascal Pro or the DragMaster.

Now you’ve got the TR3 for the gravel roads and trails and ground preparation using it like a box scraper on a disc and a pulverizer. Now you can attach the profiler to it and make it a state of the art, patented technology arena drag, which gives you the ultimate footing for you and your horses.

Obviously, if you’re arena has type of soil or material that compacts with some clay content or some fines in it, so that when it rains and dries, it gets hard. Obviously, the profiler by itself won’t break into that ground. That’s why you need the TR3 with the ripping teeth that we discussed earlier. The TR3 had the power, the tool that will loosen that hard compacted footing. And yet the profiler brings the precision and the consistency to your footing that your horses demand. Just like the Edge, this profiler has multiple holes for multiple depth. If you’re into dressage, or into flat work in an arena, you might only want an inch and a half, two inches of depth. But if your cutters are reiners or barrel racers, you might want four or five, six inches of depth. The profiler has multiple holes that you can adjust your depth as you need it to be.

Then, of course, on the back of the profiler is the comb, the signature finish that all the ABI tools have. And this comb flows, so as not to build up material and drag it forward, but to allow the material to flow underneath the comb, giving it the finish and the fluff and the conditioning that you’re footing needs for the top surface. And the finish rake on the profiler is made of the same three quarter inch hardened steel that’s on the fixed rake of the TR3. And of course, if you want to take the TR3 back to the pasture or back to the gravel roads, trails, anywhere where you need ground preparation done, then you’re going to want to take the profiler off the TR3.

But it’s three simple pins. You simply unhook it and you’ve got the original world famous TR3 to do all the ground preparation work you need. So when you have the profiler attached to your TR3, you literally have five points of contact with the ground conditioning your arena footing to make it perfect, every time. The first point of contact is the floating drag bar. Leveling, keeping your arena in a level condition. You’re stabilizing wheels to keep the tool from dipping down and allowing the scarifiers or the profile blade to go too deep. The fixeed scarifiers on the TR3, the profiling action, the patented technology that loosens from the bottom up and then the floating comb on the back to give you that ultimate footing.

If you want to know more about the profiler and the profiling action on all the ABI arena drag‘s, you can either read our PDF or watch the video on the profiler technology.

Every single TR3 order is customized. It’s built for you, for your needs. So you need to call our toll free number, which is 877-788-7253. Talk with one of our equipment specialists. You will not. I promise you, you will not get a hardcore sales close. You will be asked a series of questions. We’ll try to fit it best for you. And then you get to make a decision whether you want it or not. So call us today. Find out how to get a TR3 for yourself. Take us up on our 30 day money back guarantee and you’ll join the ranks of thousands who have a TR3 rake for their property and their horse arena.

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