Power Rakes

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by tamo, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. tamo

    tamo LawnSite Member
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    I have an opportunity to by a Bluebird or a Classen Power Rake. Both are 2003 models and go for $350.00 from my rental dealer. I've used this bluebird model in the past and liked it. Never used a Classen, but have used their sod cutter and liked it. Anyone have an opinion on which to get?

    Also do you think its better to get a slit seeder rather than just a power rake? I did 4 lawn renovations last fall using the bluebird power rake and a broadcast spreader and they all came out great. I want to get into more of that, so I want to buy something to eliminate the rental hassle and $350 sounds like a good deal. Most of my lots are city size .10 acres or so -- pretty small.

    Anyone else just use a power rake for renovations? Is a slit seeder significantly better? Can I pass up a PR for $350.00?

    Thanks for the opinions.
     
  2. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    Do you have any idea how many hours either unit has?
     
  3. tamo

    tamo LawnSite Member
    Posts: 213

    No, don't know the hours. I actually just got off the phone with the guy and the Classen is already gone. He is going to have the bluebird shipped to the store in my area so I can take a look at it. It does have the 5.5 Honda though.
     
  4. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,833

    Inspect the the machine very closely under the deck housing where the reel rotates.
    Parts can get very expensive very quickly.:waving:
     

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