Lets See your Thatcher

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Snyder's Lawn Inc, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    Like to see what people use to Dethatch lawns
    Big Lawns
    Small Lawns
    What do you use

    Till this year always ran the bluebird power rake on everything thing
    This winter came up with a idea for my mower using a homemade pull behind thatcher
    I tested out on a 3 acre lawn and it works great it pulled out alot thatch To make sure it did I ran my power rake in same area to see if it would pull any more up and it didnt pull much more up So Im happy with my design and setup
    I'll still use the power rake on small lawns
    I mounted a 3 point hitch to my 1998 DC my thatch is 58'' wide
    I can add weight and let it float or use down pressure


  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,807

    you are amazing. All DC mowers should have a 3-point hitch.

    But who did you get to rake up all that dead grass residue?
  3. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    Sorry didnt take a pic of that had my 2005 DC with a sweeper on it
    3 acres thatch it 2 hrs sweep it in 3 hrs I was glad the owner said I dump grass in a ditch behind his house is in the country
    If it was in town I would filled my 16 ft dump trailer probly 2 times with what I got off that lawn
  4. Ducke

    Ducke LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 353

    I have a Ryan Ren-o-thin
    Great old machine.
    I have changed the air filter put a bigger one on with a pre-filter so I can keep it clean easier. and a new muffler that directs the fumes to the side not back at the user.
    I have new wheels on order as the bearings are gone in the old ones.
    I am going with semi pneumatic tires for a smooth ride.


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  5. mtmower

    mtmower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,111

    Couldn't find any pics. I run Hustler SZs and the JRCO 60" front rake. This and fall clean up is the only time I have my bagging system on. It's great. Esp. since they updated them about a year ago (larger casters and better latching system for transport). Nice thing is you make only two passes at most with deck on, picking up thatch as you go. I usually run two different patterns to lift out more thatch. But I'm able to run higher speeds like your DCs.

    I also have a walk behind Blue Bird. Now this is more work. Nice if you have a gated or small area but it's dirty and harder on the turf. Same as this with a Honda motor.


    Ducke, My hat is off to you. Your a mans man. That one makes me tired just looking at it.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2012
  6. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,050

    Walker with from rake.
  7. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    I dont run very fast dragging my rake about same speed as the power rake
    Yes them Power rake blue birds are more work
  8. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,296

    JRCO 44" for me on my Toro Z. I like it, you can go flat out BUT man is it dirty work.

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