Anybody used Dethatching blades?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by CURBAPPEAL NC, Apr 8, 2006.


    CURBAPPEAL NC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    They are blade with a spring tine on each end of it. Seems like a good idea in theory but, was wondering if anyone has used them. I am looking at this as an alternative to buying a mounting system. there only about $15 each.
  2. fishinpa

    fishinpa LawnSite Senior Member
    from SE PA
    Messages: 293

    My neighbor bought 1 last year. He had to set the mower on the lowest setting for it to do anything and it TORE UP everything, good and bad. AND he had to push it VERY slowly. I'd recommending steering clear.

    Maybe someone here has seen better results but I don't like what I saw.
  3. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    Years ago I bought some of those tines at the Home Depot to attach to the end of my existing blades. About the biggest waste of time and money. As soon as the blades started up, the tines bent back and did nothing whatsoever.:hammerhead:
  4. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    so thats what one of my clients was talking about! he said his neighbor just bought one and was going to try it and if it did a good job he was going to do my clients place too and then not have me dethatch it, i can't wait to see what made him stick with me!!
  5. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386

    When I was a kid I used to dethatch my parents lawn every spring with those dethatching blades. I would use them on a old push mower. I had to lower the deck so the springs would touch and then keep lowering as the spring tips would wear down. It would do a good job but you didn't want to leave the mower in one spot cause it would leave round circles.
  6. heather lawn sp

    heather lawn sp LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    like he said
  7. METRO 36

    METRO 36 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    Never heard of these blades till this post yesterday. So i ran to ace hardware this morning and bought a couple, (just to see what was what) and i have to say they work pretty good i dethached my backyard. i had to put my mower deck pretty low but they work. then i ran over the yard with my snapper hi-vac, and it looked really good. oh yeah all those comments on dont sit still with the mower or youll leave circles is defintly

    do they work? yes

    will it tear up the grass? if you dont set the height right yes.

    do you have to go slow? I didnt but my grass was already cut twice this year and it was short.

    It does work and pretty good IMO but lets face it its no power raker.
  8. lawnrangeralaska

    lawnrangeralaska LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 433

    My Honda hr215 came with a set of those tine blades when i bought it off a customer last summer, i've been wanting to try them for a while.
  9. METRO 36

    METRO 36 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    give it a shot and post it so we no how you like them, i personally think they would work good for small jobs, or bigger areas with light to medium thatch. But for a big or small job if it was really thick i would go with power raker.

    i have and old 3 speed toro, and i put one of the blades on it, just for small patches of thatch that need to be detached and reseeded

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