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Needing Advice On Buying a Power Rake

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by neblawncare23, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. neblawncare23

    neblawncare23 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Neb
    Messages: 343

    Looking at buying a new power rake with flail blades. Any advice on what is the best buy out there?? Is it a better decision to buy new or used??
  2. bobbycat02

    bobbycat02 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    Buy new if you can they run about 1200 to 1500 i use the spring tines they are less aggressive to the turf if your doing renovations and want to ruff up the turf then go with fail blades otherwise tines are better be prepared to replace the tines they can break easy on hard ground so make sure lawn is some what soft but not to soggy or their will be no lawn left most lawns don't need thatching every year you can do more harm then good a small layer of thatch is somewhat beneficial also you can sell a light power raking of turf better and more efficient than hand raking as a service to help in your clean up of the lawn it will respond better and faster green up we power rake all properties in the spring then blow up dead grass etc and go over it with a bagging mower Makes for a nice clean appearance with rake marks and mower lines people are surprised how go it looks nice fresh and clean.:usflag:
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2013
  3. bobbycat02

    bobbycat02 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    Answer to first part of you question i have a bluebird they are all about the same except for motor brigs or honda being more money for their motor i had both engines so depends what your budget is do regular maintenance on equipment and either one will last life of machine also you can change reels flail or tine easily for different applications to suit your needs the reels run about 300 350 and are easy to change:usflag:
  4. rbljack

    rbljack LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 731

    havent priced them yet, but looks like exmark is coming out with a slicer seeder. From what I saw, it could be used as a dethatcher AND laying seed, so you would have a dual purpose unit. Not sure how well it would dethatch, but its just somthing im going to look into, and thought it might be relevant here too.

    Other than that, im thinking a dethatcher with the Honda GX engine would be my choice.
  5. neblawncare23

    neblawncare23 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Neb
    Messages: 343

    Thanks for the info. One more question, if I were to buy a blue bird power rake, would you recommend the 18" or the 22"?? Is one easier to use vs the other?
  6. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,378

    I have a BlueBird S22 seeder with delta verticut blades also a separate spring tine reel and a flail reel. 18 is just narrower. Works okay on flatfish ground hills are more work.

    Would be nice to have pneumatic tires and hydro drive.

    I have pondered a Lawn Solutions Hydro Overseeder for years.
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  7. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    Don't power rake. Problem solved... Sell AERATION instead. Far more beneficial for the lawn and bringing up the cores of soil helps to break down the thatch. A power rake really does nothing to remove real thatch, all it does is severely damage the good turf, as well as possibly ripping some of it out by the roots.

    The only time I condone a power rake is if there's a LOT of dead plant material on the surface and you are prepping to overseed.

    I agree, if you want a machine to remove dead junk look into the spring tine reel, or even a JRCO front mount "dethatcher" for your zero turn. They will do a good job of cleaning some of the dead plant matter out and help get some sun down to the base of the grass without doing a bunch of damage.
  8. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,096

    We mount a dethatcher onto the front of our Zero Turns, much quicker. The "true" as I call them, walk behind dethatchers do too good of a job. In my service area most companies only use those of the thatch is very thick.
  9. neblawncare23

    neblawncare23 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Neb
    Messages: 343

    Here in my area everyone uses the traditional power rake early in the spring to dethatch lawns. Its a very good money maker. I dont see many people aereating around here either.
  10. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,025

    The best made one is probably the Classen. Nice greasable bearings at each end of the shaft.

    Ryan is nice, but kinda pricey. They have a quick change reel system if you are inclined to change reels alot.

    Bluebird is ok. You see alot of them only because they are cheaper than the rest.

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