Power Rake Machine vs. Lawn Mower Rake Blades

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by bs111, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. bs111

    bs111 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    I'm curious as to what you guys think of using a power rake machine vs. putting "rake blades" on your mower.

    By mower blades, I mean the ones like this:


    Is one method better than the other? Is the amount of clipping clean up time more or less than the other?

    I know raking is what I need vs. dethatching, because the lawn was just sodded 2 years ago and is still in decent shape, but some parts have a bit of thatch build up.

    Thanks to all of you in advance!

  2. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    I would rent a 40" power brush.....
  3. bs111

    bs111 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    To use on a LAWN????
  4. CrappyMower

    CrappyMower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Many years ago I used one of those on my own yard. Adjusted per the instructions it tore the CRAP out of my lawn. By the time I raked up the loose stuff to take a look I had covered about a 10 yd. x 10 yd. patch.

    Suffice it to say I have a nicely seeded 100 Sq. Yd. newly seeded area in my side yard.

    I tried to adjust it up just to see if that would be better, NOPE.


  5. bs111

    bs111 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    79 views and no one knows about these two things and their difference???
  6. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,584

    Rent the power rake. Those "Raking blades" will do an amazing amount of damage to your lawn.
  7. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    From what I've heard, those things are a joke. I was told that after a few seconds the tines bend upward and they do virtually nothing.
  8. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    That is exactly what happened to me several years ago. Total pieces of junk and a waste of money.:)
  9. bs111

    bs111 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    So is it better to rent a power rake...or use a front or rear attachment on a lawn tractor??
  10. Gators_Aerator

    Gators_Aerator LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    Rent the dethatcher. Or Aerate more often.

    I would wait until the fall to dethatch and overseed. Aerate at the same time.

    Then Aerate twice a year for three years, then cut back to once in the fall.

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