Do I Need A Vacuum??

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by JW1, Nov 25, 2005.

  1. JW1

    JW1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    I am looking to get into spring cleanup of residential lawns. I have used my old regular lawn mower with a power rake blade and it gets by. I now want the real deal, so I have been looking at power rakes. Discovered there are at least 3 types of blades (attachments) you can get and think I want the knife one as I want to clean up spring lawns from winter and not necessarily dethatch. Firstly, am I correct in assuming that the flail attachment is used for dethatching and I need the knives instead? Also, I found with my old method, bagging was useless, so I just bagged it after by going over it again with my mower. I have a salesman wanting to sell me a Husky power rake with a bag. Will this clean up the lawn or will I also need to buy a vacuum to clean up after power raking. I guess I'm asking if the bagger on the power rake is a wasted $400 extra. Would it be better to put that into a vacuum anyway? I like the idea of one machine doing both jobs because of hauling all of this around in my small trailer but does the bag just clog up and is a waste of money? Any ideas on the best power rake around and if buying used is okay. I've noticed a few used Bluebirds around. Thanks for listening everyone. Looking forward to learning. Jim
  2. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,209

    JW1- I remember renting a Bluebird thatcher with the bag attachment, and it really wasn't very thorough in bagging. We still ended up having to blow off the lawn. I wouldn't spend the extra money, put it toward a dedicated vac. I use a JRCO rake on the front of a 36" mower and that has proven to be good for us. The rake loosens the debris enough to move it, but not tear up the lawn. We usually catch what we can with the mower, and blow off the rest.
    As far as the Bluebird, it is a good brand. I bought a used one years ago, but it doesn't get much use nowthat I have the JRCO.

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