View Full Version : JCRO Dethacher users

03-16-2009, 12:06 PM
I would like to know how well they work? Good and bad. Also I am looking at a 48" to put on my Gravely 34z, would that be to much out front? For a $100 more I can get a brand new 36" compared to the used one. Can anyone give me a ballpark on how to price this service.

03-16-2009, 01:21 PM
I love mine makes it makes life easier. Look on ebay or craigslist you might find a good deal.

03-16-2009, 02:43 PM
What size and type mower do u have it on? What size rake do u have? Any bad about product?

03-16-2009, 07:40 PM
no one uses these?

03-16-2009, 11:59 PM
Plenty do. Just do a search and you will come up with about a full day's worth of reading on these things. I have one and wouldn't do without.

03-17-2009, 01:27 AM
I have a 48" Exmark Turf Tracer HP and the rake for that is 46" it is worth its weight in gold. You don't have to service them just drop the rake and go. I also have a 60" check ebay I got the 60" for $450 Brand New, they are going for $530-$630. Great piece of equipment, you will not be sorry if you purchas one....

03-17-2009, 07:46 AM
Thanks guys, I did do a search and only one good post came up.

03-17-2009, 08:00 AM
Get one, the best investment I have ever made. Worth its weight in gold in the spring time. very little if any raking in the spring time.

03-17-2009, 08:25 AM
First off do a search for JRCO (I got 20 pages).

Second if you only have a 34" deck I would get the 36". No point of dethatching if you don't bag it up. Having the 48" would dethatch more area but you would still need to come and do another pass to bag it without dethatching. If you owned a 48" machine also I would say it's an ok investment because you can use it on both but just for a 34" then no. Also the wider they are the more power it takes to push it, I don't know much on the 34z but if it has the zt2800 hydro's I would stick to a 36".

Drew Gemma
03-17-2009, 09:34 PM
I am also thinking about putting one on my walker. When you say no raking what about all the sticks or do they just get caught in the tines and stay there. we only rake areas around trees. But I have lawns that could use a light dethatch. What does it really do and how good does it do it?

03-17-2009, 09:47 PM
Drew, They are great for gathering sticks. If you have a messy tree for instance, you can gather them in rows and piles. or just go around in circles to gather them. To release them, you have two options. I have an old drive belt tied on the top which allows me to just pull it up (dropping most of the sticks), or you can simply back up. The design and shape of the tines is unique, as when you reverse. they don't dig, they just slide across the ground surface (the way they are hook shaped allows this) and release the debris. Occasionally, you'll get a stubborn stick or two, but for the most part, the time these things save is exponential.

03-18-2009, 12:43 AM
if you have alot of sticks then I would suggest picking them up before you use the tine rake. I usually go in one direction with the tine rake (bagging while I go). Then I go the opposite direction and it does an amazing job....

R.L. Hale Landscaping LLC
03-30-2009, 02:18 PM
does anyone seem to break the mounts almost everyday on the jrco dethatcher? It does a great job when it works but i had to weld the mounts onto my rider because it broke bolts off daily.

03-30-2009, 03:40 PM
As for me I would say get a verticle mower, or rent one per job and pass that cost to the customer. That thing looks like a good soil scratcher, But I wouldn't call it a Dethatcher.

Just my thoughts

03-30-2009, 03:57 PM
I love my jrco dethatcher. I put it on at the beginning of the season and do dethatching and spring clean-ups with it. I have notice that more people like this type of dethatcher (a tine rake) as opposed to the actual power raking, most have commented to me that they don't like how aggressive power raking can be. This is a huge money maker, it paid for itself twice over the first day out.

AL Inc
03-30-2009, 05:18 PM
I've been using a 36" rake on my Scag for years. I love the JRCO. Makes the spring clean-ups move much faster. Bought a new 52" Stander this year with a 60" rake on it, sorry I didn't do it years ago, the productivity out of that machine is amazing.

03-30-2009, 06:34 PM
I was quoted $625 out the door for a 60" dethatcher by one dealer. Is that a good price or high?

03-30-2009, 10:19 PM
I paid $627 last August.

For the O.P., here (http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=265378) is a recent thread about these rakes

J&R Landscaping
03-30-2009, 11:20 PM
I'm considering grabbing one of these rakes myself. I just wish someone local carried them!

03-31-2009, 12:33 PM
I'm considering grabbing one of these rakes myself. I just wish someone local carried them!

You should go on JRCO's web site. Call the number for the dealer locator, the lady is really nice and helpful that answers. She was able to find 5-7 dealers in my area that I didn't know about.