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Old 04-01-2013, 02:29 AM
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Help with power rake!

So I'm deciding buying between these two power rakes: Ryan Ren-O-Thin or the Bluebird PR22. The reason why I'm considering the PR22 is that they have an optional bagging attachment. However, I read that the bag can fill up quite fast. So the main question is, will having the bag be more efficient or be counter-productive to my work?

And if I do end up going towards the Ryan, will buying a lawn vacuum be worthwhile?

I have never power raked before so I got some noob questions :P. Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:15 PM
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Much faster to power rake then go back and mow w a bagger to suck up the debris.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:58 PM
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Well wouldn't the lawnmower bag fill up just as fast as the power rake with a bagger?
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:00 PM
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Depends on what kind of mower you are using. a 21" or a walk behind with a side catcher, yes. Something with a 2 or 3 bag catcher with a blower, or a walker, not as much. Yes, they will ALL fill up fast, but the latter machines with more capacity and the ability to pack the debris into the catcher will go further. The catchers on the power rakes, I'm surprised they still even make them really. I've never used one personally, but I know people that have and the consensus was don't waste your time. they just fill too fast and the bag is cumbersome to carry across the lawn to dump each time, plus they clog easily. If you think you will get a truck load off of a lawn, you will probably get 3.
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Old 04-02-2013, 12:41 AM
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What about using a blower/vacuum? Or should I just stick to using a hand rake?
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:47 PM
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Why did you not consider a Billy Goat? I asking to not change your mind but learn what features may not have met your needs/requirements.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:46 AM
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I have used the older bluebird ones with baggers. they work good but would fill up every 20 feet and sometimes the bagger would fall off and blow everything towards you.
It is much easier to rake everything into a pile or bag it with a mower.
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