Pwer Rake

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by lady jane, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. lady jane

    lady jane LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Does anybody have any thoughts on porer rakers? Thanks for the advise.
  2. Mowbizz

    Mowbizz LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 970

    I assume you mean a power rake as in de-thatcher? I'd love to have one for that "extra" income for spring de-thatching...they are very expensive though.
    Have you looked at any in particular?
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    We purchased the spring/tines for the Mantis. My son used it for a lady that wanted it done and pulled up a lot of stuff. I spread molasses/sugar to speed the recycling of that stuff so I never use the Mantis for that. But is is inexpensive that way and works well.
  4. lady jane

    lady jane LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Yes I mean dethaching. I have not looked at any yet. I 'm trying to get other peoples thoughts to know what to look for. Thank you.
  5. Fordsflylow

    Fordsflylow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    Another name for it is verticutter and many come with a seed hopper attached. Very handy machine. I too have a Mantis w/aerating tines and a seperate dethatcher/power rake that is basically springs on a drum device. Great for small areas and such.
  6. AzLawnMan

    AzLawnMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 409

    I have 2 de-thatchers that are 8 years old, and still start on one pull. It makes a great selling point with new customers. They are pricey and only use them a few times per year but well worth the investment. Plus it makes overseeding here in Arizona a hell of alot easier.
  7. Mowbizz

    Mowbizz LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 970

    Every so often I see them for sale from rental companies, may want to check craigslist in your area for that. Some of the units look used very little...others look worn out. It's a crapshoot but they're basically a motor a belt and the shaft with the knives or tines. I keep looking for that bargain!:drinkup:

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