Walk behind power rakes

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by BLC1, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 714

    Has anybody used the walk behind power rakes? How do they work? Do they make a walk behind rockhound?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Benz2328

    Benz2328 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 64

    I have a bluebird power rake and it works great! After I thatch a lawn I go over it with my mower or if its a smaller yard I use a lawn vac. Customers like seeing the thatch rise to the top, they can see the before and after difference.
     
  3. greenScape09

    greenScape09 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 56

    yes, we use husqvarna commercial dt22 thatchers on any lawn, big or small. no the most efficient, but does the best job.
     
  4. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 714

    I just read my original post and realized I wrote that wrong. I was meaning a walk behind harley rake. Sorry.
     
  5. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,847

    I plan to rent a Bluebird w. bag to powerake a customer's lawn. I don't like to powerrake/dethatch (personally think its waste of time compared to core aeration), but this customer insisted.

    Do these rakes do a good job of picking up the thatch, or should I plan to take along my 21" w/ bagger?
     
  6. JimQ

    JimQ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,139

    It will pickup up most of it but definitely take the 21" to clean up after you're done. It will look much better.

    Q
     
  7. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
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  8. stratfordpropertycare

    stratfordpropertycare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 34

    Hi, I owned the one and only unit in Canada, used it a few times and it worked great on smaller lawns, did a fantastic job.
    I didn't't get a lot of work for it so it sat alot.
    Got a call from a sod company 100 miles away asking if I would do a demo for them as I had the only unit in Canada. Harley referred them off my warranty card.

    I did the demo and they where very impressed with the machine and finish it left, as I was loading the machine the owner of the company asked if I would consider selling it as I didn't't do much with it.

    In the end I got almost 2 grand more for it then what I had paid so I sold it...

    Hope that helps...

    PM me if you have any questions...

    Was a well build machine...
     
  9. ACA L&L

    ACA L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,108

    we use the bluebirds, they work great. Big lawns and small, be careful not to take it to dirt.
     
  10. JFGauvreau

    JFGauvreau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,297

    Ya I have the blue bird without the bag and it works amazing, I go in both direction; north-south and east-west for better results. If you have the one with the bag I'm sure it will save you trouble.

    For me I just pass with a lawn tractor 42" with a dual bagger system in the back. I have a small toro 21" for places where my tractor can't go.

    The tractor is so easy because I run it full speed, I raise up my blade so that i'm not even cutting the grass, just picking up the thatch.

    And NO, its definitely not a waste of time. Core aeration DOES help to brake up the thatch, but if your customer has more than 1inch of thatch, it's definitely better to de-thatch it.
     

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