What is the difference?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by chevyman1, Mar 8, 2004.

  1. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    between a power rake and a dethatcher? thanks
     
  2. dfor

    dfor LawnSite Senior Member
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    I believe that they are one in the same. Just a different name. It probably depends on what each particular manufacturer choses to call it.
     
  3. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    thanks, can anyone else clarify this?
     
  4. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
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    power rake uses tines and thatcher uses blades
     
  5. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    so if I have a lawn that needs dead grass/lots of leaves raked, can I use the dethatcher or do you still need to do some by hand?
     
  6. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
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    run the thatcher over it and then blow it
     
  7. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    cool, thank you
     
  8. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
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    Excuse me, I believe a dethatcher has the tines, like a hay rake, and a power rake has an engine that runs eliptical moving tines, and actually gets down to dirt. A dethatcher is passive, and just loosens the thatch, which I just mulch again with gator blades, but instead of being a solid mat, it is now a loose (goose down type loose) layer, instead of the intertwined mat it once was. I truely believe in leaving all the by-products of the grass we mow on the yard to return as much to mother nature as possible.

    I use a dethatcher to just loosen the matted layer, so the spring application of fertilizer gets to the soil layer better

    Thanks Brad
     
  9. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    thanks Felx-Deck....I think I will try the same method this spring with my new Dixie Chopper
     

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