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Power rake!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 1998dodge, May 27, 2003.

  1. 1998dodge

    1998dodge LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    I'm just woundering how true this is, i'm thinking of buying a husquvarna power rake and normally to do a good job you need a power rake and a vaccume.But the dealer said that the new husquvarna power rake, you don't need a vaccume,it does a good enough job.What do you all think!!! Thanks!!!:dizzy:
  2. Old Hippy

    Old Hippy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 39

    Power rakes, known as dethatchers etc are desugned to pull up the thatch on top of the soil. The husky is a bluebird painted orange and probably has flail blades. It will pull remove alot of debris but not as much as one with fixed blades. This of couse depends on how much thatch is there to begin with.
    The problem comes in removing the thatch from the lawn. The vacum is ok but will fill up fast and you will be dumping all the time, all the time, all the time like every 10 feet if the thatch is heavy. BBird has a catcher on the unit they make that is probably what the dealer is talking about. It fills up just as fast and you will be dumping it all the time all the time etc.
    Got a good mower with catcher that will dump into a pickup? They work well. Or a blower to blow it to the side of the lawn? Mower pick up is usually best. Also Parker sweepers work well as they are very easy to dump all the time. Any pick up device is only as good as it is easy to dump/ empty etc.

    What ever you do charge plenty for it as it is a labor intensive job and you will have lots of debris to get rid of


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