Alternative to a JRCO tine rake?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by PaulJ, Mar 5, 2004.

  1. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I've used Jrco rakes in the past but don't have one now.

    I know they work well for cleanups and light de. But they are a bit pricey for what you get. around $350 or more last I checked.
    I was wondering if anyone has ever made something else work.
    Maybe a simple tow-behind adapted to mount on the front of a mower? The bracket would be easy but getting the right wheels on it might be tricky.

    I did rig a snapper 32" thatcheriser on my lesco walkbehind but need something bigger for my 48" hustler. and I am watching my pennies this year.
  2. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Anyone heard of lower prices on the Jrco? Where?
  3. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    Actually, that price seems pretty low to me. Last time I checked on JRCO stuff the average was around $500+
  4. bastalker

    bastalker LawnSite Senior Member
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    Go here for the jrco products...........

    You can modify alot of things to get the dead grass out of a customers yard. Heck Home Depot sells a tine rake for a hundred bucks, that you could pull behind your walk behind....I imagine if you go over thier yard several times, it would look real impressive to the customer...I use to do this a few years ago, an it works great. You will just have to spend more time there, and really drive over the lawn alot....

    Whether you spend $400 for a jrco, or $100 for a small tine rake, it will do the same thing. You will just have to spend a little more time using the $100 rake....
  5. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
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    Paul, here's something you can look at. I think it's like $199:

    Considering you'll have to "rig" it to fit, and the fact that it's basically a homeowner item, you'd probably be better off spending the money for the JRCO, but I thought you might want to look at if for ideas at least.
  6. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I know that the jrco is worth the money and a well built unit. I just am not sure if there is much differenc in that and the tow behind agrifab ones. Does the jrco have more tines per inch? heavier tines? stronger frame?. Are their any other COMMERCAL tine rakes on the market? The crafts amn might be worth a look if they make a 48" unit. Just trying to see all the options.
  7. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Landscapers supply has it for $350 but then the bractet is another $80 and when you add tax you'll be close to $500. I am going to be getting one and a leaf plow.
  8. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    With this dethathing piece, can I basically 'rake' an entire yard as if I were to do it by hand with a rake?
  9. soccerlawn

    soccerlawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Can I put the JRCO dethatching unit on a toro z 100?
  10. BobR

    BobR LawnSite Senior Member
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    SOCCERLAWN -- When I ordered my jrco tine rake and mounting bar I told them that it was for a Toro z150 and the company person told me that that machine was not on their list for a proper mounting bar, told the lady that the Exmark Z HP is the same as a Toro z 150 - she had that bar and sent out the complete order.. It fit like a champ. This was 5 years ago they might have a listing for the Toro z 100 series now..


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