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Old 04-15-2007, 10:42 PM
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What is the difference between a Power Raker and Dethatcher?

I own Blue Bird Power Rake, going to buy another but I've seen pics of dethatchers with over-seeding hoppers on the front and I'm wondering if they are the same machine?

The reason I ask is I have been asked about over-seeding (not really sure what it is except for the obvious answer) and I can't see how can seed a lawn and dethatch it because of all the thatch that is pulled up. It would look like hell.

and can I convert my Blue Bird PR into a overseeder?
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Old 04-15-2007, 11:00 PM
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Ok a power rake is used to dethatch, the is no machine called a dethatcher. The ones with seed hoppers are called seed slicers or power seeders. These are used to slice the seed into the soil for better seed to soil contact (better germination) as opposed to broadcast spreading seed on top of grass. If you seed slice and there is alot of thatch you are right it will pull it up...it is best to dethatch first is there is excess thatch, then seed slice. The best way to seed slice with your current unit is to power rake North and South, then broadcast spread the seed, then power rake East and West. Good luck!
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Old 04-16-2007, 01:35 AM
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Are you familiar with the Billy Goat seeder? It looks like a power rake with a bin on the front and says that it can easily be adapted to be a power rake. Is this just gimmicky?
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Old 04-16-2007, 08:33 AM
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To power rake with it all you do is put no seed in the bin and put the tines into the ground deeper...
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