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pull behind dethatcher who's used them

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by smcunningham, Mar 24, 2007.

  1. smcunningham

    smcunningham LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 775

    has anyone ever used the pull behind dfethatchers.......the ones they sell at home cheepo and lowes........one was given to me for free
    (brand new).....how did it work for you, suggestions on using it and weight (how much)......
    Was thinking of getting a front mounted jrco........but since I got a pull behind given to me I'm considering using it instead
  2. smcunningham

    smcunningham LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 775

    know responses needed did a search and found what i wanted....
    .should of did it before I posted.,sorry*trucewhiteflag*
  3. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    thanks for searching. find almost every thing you want to know by searching.
    but free is free.
  4. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 2,994

    A buddy of mine bought one to try out on his yard. He put about 20 or 30 lbs on it. It did suprisingly well. St. Augustine grass. It didn't beat up the yard as much as a power rake. I was impressed to a degree. Granted, they are cheaply constructed. But it will work and it was free. You will have to go over the yard a few times and you have to clean out the spring tines fairly often.
  5. edward hedrick

    edward hedrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    I bought the front mount one. made a bracket to mount on my Walker or Toro paid 110 at Sears. Walker gets 250 for same rake. Ed

    GSPHUNTER LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 311

    That's what I use, and I think it does just fine. Like Grits said, it doesn't tear to yard up like crazy either. It does take a little more time though, but for the price of a power rake, I'd just assume spend another 20 min until I can afford a power rake.
  7. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    I purchased a power rake from a local rental company. it was 8 years old but near new. a few rust spots where the paint was scratched but in overall good condition. It cost me right at 400. Honda 5.5hp runs like a dream. don't use it too much maybe 15-30 hrs a year but I would say for every hr it runs gets me 3-500.

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