The Rata Blog

Discover innovations, news and tips from NZ's own farm machinery attachments manufacturer.

Loader Attachments and Quick Hitch Review

Posted by Casey-lee Cranston on Dec 1, 2022 10:02:00 AM

"We have tried all the other brands and we are stuck on Rata and are looking at another set in the near future. We started with the Rata brand back in the old days and we have stuck with it and always specifically order Rata. Really happy with these quick hitches and we wouldn't use anything else".


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Topics: Bale Handling & Storage, attachments, Tractor Grapples

Who Wants Broken Tines?

Posted by Casey-lee Cranston on Nov 11, 2022 9:57:30 AM

Most of us that use forks or rakes of any kind will be able to recall that moment of a bent or broken tine, and we know how it happened, right?

It's not what you want part way through any job because it's going to effect productivity and in the case of the silage, often the broken parts are nowhere to be found and you know the lost part is going to damage something else like a chopper or tyre...best case is the broken part is found before the damage is done. Not to mention the replacement cost.

There is no telling, tines get used for everything in between being used for their intended purpose, so a broken tine can be expected through shear overloading or impact. 


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Topics: Working Safer, Bale Handling & Storage, Working Smarter, attachments

Get the edge with these bale handling & storage tips!

Posted by Sam Searle on Nov 6, 2019 9:38:01 AM

With warmer weather well and truly here, along with the grass growing & most farmers having already made several cuts for the season we thought we'd share a few tips to help make your hay and forage making season a success!


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Topics: Bale Handling & Storage

2 Reasons to store round bales on the flat side

Posted by Sam Searle on Oct 31, 2019 2:49:50 PM

When it comes to storing your wrapped round bales on their flat or round end, there are many opinions - all of which have some very good reasons.

In this blog we aim to go over why we believe storing bales on their flat end makes the most sense.


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Topics: Bale Handling & Storage