Agri-Fab 48 in. Tow Lawn Dethatcher is perfect for the larger gardens with its twenty four heat treated tines that are three sixteenth in diameter each. Ideal for bringing matted layers of thatch and large clippings to the surface. Has a simple to use cantilever transport handle for easy raising and lowering.
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97%of customersrecommend this product29 of 30reviews
Rating Breakdown35 reviews
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97%of customersrecommend this product29 of 30reviews
Time consuming to assemble but went together just fine. Helpful to read instructions first. Important things to remember: tighten all bolts to the max, level unit after hooking up to your tractor, add weight but keep it to the center of the unit, make sure grass is relatively dry to avoid build-up on tines. If you put weight to the outside, the unit will wobble. I went over each area several times. It did an excellent job and I am completely satisfied.
This dethatcher is a good product., However, the original product arrived in a box that looked like it had been opened and parts had been removed. The box was torn, tape was split and it was missing 11 of the 12 spring tines, a mounting plate and a few nuts and bolts. Customer service was prompt with the replacement parts - 2 days. Assembly was not difficult (once I had all the parts). I did download an instruction PDF from the Agri-Fab website that detailed the assembly process. It was a lot easier to use than the assembly diagram that came in the box. It took about an hour to assemble. The dethatcher does need additional weight so that the tines stay in contact with the ground as you run around the lawn. I used a couple of extra decorator bricks. It took me 2 days to completely dethatch my 3/4 acre lawn because of the buildup of grass clippings in my yard. It does work as stated.
This thing is pretty decent - I recommend it compared to the other products on the market.
I used it once and it performed as promised
PROS: - solid construction - good materials - decent price as an internet purchase
CONS: - it was missing 9 parts when it arrived (tines and a tow-bracket plate - they arrived w/in 3 days of my call) - it takes a while to assemble, with some brute force (bending steel to hold in tines), so it's not for the convenience shopper
The assembly was easy to follow. I would recommend using a drift to seat the tabs down that hold the tines instead of the screwdriver method in the instructions. That's just a hint. It keeps them from rattling a lot less. The Dethatcher performed better than I thought it would. I was cleaning the tines out every few passes at first. I had a couple of hang weight's for my John Deere lawn tractor that I used for weighting the unit instead of bricks or patio stones that others and the directions suggested. They worked great. They weigh 42 lbs each so just one weight was all that was needed for my lawn. My only suggestion for Agri-Fab would be to elongate the notch better for the handle being raised. It never happened to me but with weight on the unit it tends to lean a little when raised. (Hint) The directions for use do not suggest this but in my experience if you back up slightly when before you are ready to clean out the tines, you'll find it much easier than try to pull the thatch out by just lifting the unit up and pulling it out. The unit seems well made and some thought was put into assembling it. All the parts were included along with clear directions. I assembled this on a bench instead of on the ground for my use. A well made nice unit. I recommend.
Assembling the product was challenging and some nuts & bolts were missing. It worked very well on my lawn. I used it on my lawn for the first time in 30 years and it really performed well. I had to print out instructions from the website which made assembly a little easier.
Got it last week. No problem putting it together, had a bolt and a couple of nuts left over after putting it together correctly. Used it on bumpy at times 3/4 acre yard. First used 2 patio stones @ 17 lbs. each, Way too much weight as it dug up soft grass, was better without weight (YMMV). Got up lots of thatch, but to get even more you should go in different directions a number of times. May have to stop often to clean the tines as they get clogged, as a previous reviewer said, backing up slightly makes it easier to clean. Bottom line, so far it has done a good job for the money.
I put 2 22lb landscaping blocks on top of it and it did a good job. Not quite as good as a powerrake but it was much easier being able to pull it behind my lawnmower instead of having to use a powerrake.
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Review 16 for 48 in. Tow Lawn Dethatcher
PostedJune 7, 2014
No, I do not recommend this product.
I wouldn't recommend this dethaxer to hard to put together looks cheap I woundn't buy another one
I'm not sure why other reviews say that it's difficult to assemble. If you are mechanically inclined it a breeze to put together. Once it's assembled it works perfectly. The only possible minor issue is the lever that raises the tynes is a little difficlut to release to lower them. Otherwise I think it's a good product that do4es what it is intended to do at a great value.