rake, farm implement consisting of a row of straight or curved teeth of metal or wood attached to a bar or frame. It is used for gathering hay or grain into piles; for clearing fields, lawns, and yards; and for stirring and spreading soil. Horse-drawn rakes first appeared in the early 19th cent. but were not used generally until later. Of the several types of modern power-drawn hay rakes, the side-delivery rakes, which gather hay into continuous windrows by a rolling action, are the most popular. These include a reel type, which has raking teeth attached to rotating bars, and a finger-wheel type, which has teeth attached to large wheels. Lesser used rakes include the dump rake, which creates piles, and the sweep rake, which gathers and hauls a heavy load directly to the stack.

See C. Culpin, Farm Machinery (11th ed. 1986).

Rake is a city in Winnebago County, Iowa, United States. The population was 227 at the 2000 census. Its ZIP Code is 50465.


Rake was founded by Arent A. Rake, a native of Norway.


Rake is located at (43.483451, -93.919498).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 227 people, 110 households, and 53 families residing in the city. The population density was 225.3 people per square mile (86.8/km²). There were 119 housing units at an average density of 118.1/sq mi (45.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.51% White, 1.76% Native American, 5.73% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.93% of the population.

There were 110 households out of which 19.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.0% were married couples living together, 3.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 51.8% were non-families. 44.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 29.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.06 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 23.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 100.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,375, and the median income for a family was $33,750. Males had a median income of $25,357 versus $20,625 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,816. About 7.7% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.5% of those under the age of eighteen and 26.2% of those sixty five or over.


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