Anyone ever tried a Drag Harrow Rake for dethatching??

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by merrimacmill, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill LawnSite Senior Member
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    I got the new northern tool catalog and was looking through the tractor attachments and I saw a drag harrow rake and they say this can be useful for dethatching. I've seen guys using these to finish dirt, or put seed into dirt when preping a lawn. But never herd of them being used for dethatching. Any opinions? I know a power rake is the best way to go, but what about those large lawns where a tractor mounted attachment of some kind just makes more sense?
     
  2. DiyDave

    DiyDave LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have used fuerst flexible tine harrows for years, prior to seeding in the fall, they work great, cost little.
     
  3. EJD Lawnpride

    EJD Lawnpride LawnSite Senior Member
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    How much thatch does it bring up?
     
  4. DiyDave

    DiyDave LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It varies, there are 3 settings, aggressive, passive, and upside down. Passive does a pretty good job for most reseeding type jobs. Problem with all drag harrows is that some areas get done 5-6X and some only get one pass, unless you have it set up on a lift mechanism.:waving:
     
  5. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
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    I have used a drag (not from northern) for pastures. As far as a turf application. It might be worth a try.
     
  6. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm thinking that I may try it out. Its fairly inexpensive, so it seems worth a try... They advertise de-thatching as one of the intended uses.
     
  7. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
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    I am guessing you will have to work the lawn from two different directions to get the desired results.
     
  8. humble1

    humble1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MA
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    check the link for jrco works the bomb
     
  9. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
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    I am planning to build one. Three rows of teeth
     

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