Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Danielslawnservice, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. Danielslawnservice

    Danielslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 412

    when i dethatch a yard what is the quickest way to pick up the crap left bnehind? or is a bagged dethatcher better?
  2. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    A bagged dethatcher all the way. :laugh::laugh:
  3. Danielslawnservice

    Danielslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
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  4. ACA L&L

    ACA L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,102

    Rake it up and mow it clean. the bagger is a waste of time imo. If u are power raking a lawn that really needs it you will need to rake it up, if it didnt need it but customer insist you do it then you will be able to mow it with a snapper. or another hi vac mower.
  5. flattoplawncare

    flattoplawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 321

    Cyclone rake baby!!
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Now see, Greg...he took you seriously! Daniel, do NOT use a bagged dethatcher...he was just joking with you, because he knows. A bagged dethatcher just fills up WAY too quickly, and you will be spending WAYYY too much time messin' with this bagger setup than you will getting the actual job done. Once the stuff is surfaced, if you don't have a large bagging setup for your mower (like a cyclone rake, Ultra-vac, etc.), then you can use blowers...just make several rows or piles to remove with the tarps. The reason I say make several piles, is so you don't spend too much time trying to push larger masses without covering that much ground (after your rows start getting built up with the blower(s)). There is a variable point - at which it is more time worthy to break off and start another row/pile with the blower(s). This all depends of course on the amount of mass you're moving - compared to the power and movement of your blower(s). think of it as kind of like raking...Once you get a row built up so heavy, you can move on to a fresh area and cover much more ground.
    Now, on can even use your mower to windrow this stuff a bit...It's faster than blowers or rakes. then,...just pull your tarp along the rows and pick up the debris. Don't waste time "making piles"'re only spending time and energy raking into a direction that is unproductive. Not only that, but you are forming piles that are NOW even heavier to move onto a tarp. Understand what I'm saying? Oh,...and also,...when you do you tarp your rows, start picking up from the point furthest wawy from wherever you are going to deposit the material. that way, you are not spending energy pulling material away from where it ultimately has to go...I hope this helps!
  7. ramcat

    ramcat LawnSite Member
    Messages: 212

    we used to have a walker and we fabricated a 'grate' out of expanded metal to put in the blower of the bagger right after the impeller. This SHREDDED the material to nothing and allowed an enormous amount of material to be bagged without having to dump. When it was finally full she was REALLY heavy though.....but it was fast and worked great for leaves i would say bagged dethatching
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497 THAT'S an interesting idea! I can sure see how that would work for dry thatch.
  9. 2 clowns mowing

    2 clowns mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 566

    we use a walker ghs deck works great
  10. Danielslawnservice

    Danielslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 412

    i wish i had a walker..... thanks, and i found out the hard way about the dethatcher, but it kept breaking down anyway, I was the first person to rent the dethatchers for the season.... belt broke, pully system came of, and last but not least a engine malfunction... the Areator was even crap too..... kept stalling....

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