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Why are power rakes so narrow?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by gogetter, Mar 12, 2004.

  1. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
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    Just wondering out loud here. Why are power rakes so narrow?. I was looking at them online and they generally run like 18" wide or so.

    Sure would take a long time to do a lawn of any real size.

    Just wondering why they don't make them in a wider version, say.....36" or something like that?

    Only thing I come up with is maybe because uneven or bumpy ground would be a problem for a wider machine? Which makes sense to some extent, but surely you could get away with 32"-36"? No?

    I haven't used one yet, so maybe those that have would have a better insight.
     
  2. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    I was just wondering about that with my aerator...only 20" wide. I think that the largest that they make in my brand was 26"
     
  3. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
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    Yeah, but at least with the aerators you have the option of going with a wider tow behind unit.

    As far as I know, there isn't a tow behind power rake (I'm talking a true power rake/de-thatcher, not a tine rake).

    Hmm, some e-mails to the manufacturers might be in order.
     
  4. gogetter

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  5. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
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    Ever run one? It's a pretty big work out. Both a power rake and a aerator. They are heavy equipment and hard to man handle. If they made them any bigger I'd have to get on roids to use 'em.

    :D
     
  6. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    already tried the the roids MTD. Too bad I was randomly tested by the MLB and was caught. There goes my homeruns
     
  7. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
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    I've used aerators and I know they're a bear to use. But I haven't run a power rake though. They just look a lot smaller and lighter then an aerator. Doesn't look like there's much to them.

    Oh well, if I have a need for a larger one, I guess I'll have to try to find a tow behind to rent.

    Of course, I also need something to tow it with :D

    Ahhhh, the list never ends!:cry:
     
  8. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
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    Ever had one dig in and get away from you? AT 36" once it dug in, you could wave goodby to it.
     
  9. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
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    My power rake, or dethatcher, whatever, weighs about 200 lbs. If you are doing a nice flat yard, it's fine. If that thing catches on a root or uneven area, it'll take off from you and get away. Using that thing is a real workout. I wouldn't want a big 36 inch one. Mine is about 24inches wide, I think.

    My aerator, that thing is a beast. It's fine if you're in the open. Get a small lawn with lots of turns, you'll wear out fast.
     

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