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My favorite new tool! Surprisingly effective!!!
Reviewed in the United States on April 14, 2018
An excellent Dethatcher, surprisingly effective for its size.
I was at first a bit skeptical but then the Amzn reviews encouraged me to give it a try, I don't regret it a bit!
Renting a dethatcher from HD will cost you $75, you have to pick it up, transport it and return it. I also had some unpleasant surprises with tool rentals: broken or not properly working = second trip.
Secondly, I am lucky enough to have a smart neighbor: We share tools and bought this one together, hence the cost was a no brainer.
Does it work?
It does a great job, does not damage or chop the grass like some others, it's easy to push and the tines seems to resist use fairly well.
- Update: after about 40,000 sqf of dethatching, the tines are in a much better shape that I would have imagined, see picture below.
DO'S and DON'T
* Don't pull back, only go forward
* Remove rocks and branches
* Don't use a tiny weeny extension cord, proper gauge is required. If you use 2 extension cord, place the smaller gauge (bigger cord) first. i.e. 12 on the outlet then 14 to the machine.
* Cut and bag the clippings before dethaching: Overgrown grass doesn't help.
* if you have the energy, will and time, use a 90 deg. criss-cross pattern: you'll be surprised how effective it is.
* Don't apply a pre-emergent crabgrass control fertilizer before you dethach, *after* only.
CHANGING THE TINES
In order to change the tines, you'll need
- 8mm socket,
- Phillips Screwdriver (Cordless Drill recommended ;-)
- Flat head screwdriver
- Small mallet or hammer
*be careful, the screws are not of the highest quality* if you need to change some of them, they are M5 X 22 or M5 X 25
22 being the length under the head.
1) Remove the screw(s)
2) Tap gently with a mallet to crack open the tine cartridge
3) With a flathead screwdriver, pry open until you can see the pin, **don't remove the tine cartridge out of the housing**
4) push out the pin and remove the tine
5) put a new tine in place
6) put the tine cartridge back in place, tap gently with a mallet