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John Deere 40 in. Tow-Behind Thatcherator

Innovation at It's finest by locking down the spring tines into the aggressive mode, you gently aerate the very top layer of your lawn's soil, while lifting out thatch all at the same time. Use to help prepare bare spots for seeding. A great 2 in 1 time saver from Brinly.
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is the dethatching height adjustable for the john deere thatcherator (ta-40jd)

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hooked-on-jd
woodbridge, va
about 40 in. Tow-Behind Thatcherator on
March 16, 2012
online pics show an adjustable arm that has 3 positions - assume one is travel position and the other two positions for light vs heavy dethatching? Spec says "NO" to adjustable height. Am confused - which is it?
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Asked by
Mowher
April 10, 2012
The adjustment allowed is associated w the height of the base of the mower so it can work w different size tractors. You need to bolt in the height you select during assembly. It's not intended to easily/quickly adjust height for depth of thatching, from my experience.
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phantomyon
May 7, 2013
It is height adjustable. There are 3 locations for the wheel placement on the back, depending on the height of the tractor hitch , and the tray is adjustable as well. However, you will have difficulty getting it level in the back if your hitch point is too low. I had trouble with an LA115 tractor, where only the front tines contact the ground properly. The arm positions are as you indicated in your question, but you need to make the wheel and tray adjustments before the arm positions work as intended.
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KMak
May 7, 2013
Yes it does have some adjustability. I reccomend building it, attaching it to your tractor on a flat surface. Then loosen the top screws and set it level/square to your lawn. Once I made that adjustment it worked well for me. Good luck!
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James
Michigan, USA
April 2, 2012
There are three positions as you mentioned; one for travel, one for dethatching, and one for "scarifying" (preparing a lawn for seeding). I suppose you could use the lowest setting for "heavy" dethatching, but you'd really be destroying your lawn instead. It would be quite easy to add a couple more holes in the lift plate for fine tuning your thatch level (low, medium, high, etc).
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jd09
Easton, CT, USA
April 28, 2013
The 3 positions are for 1) transport (over concrete or other paved areas), 2) thatching and 3) scarifying a seed bed. Other than those 3 positions, that the height is fixed once you have adjusted the tine height during assembly. I have attached photos of the thatcher in both transport and thatching modes with the two weights I use (concrete blocks - approximately 50lbs).

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Surely
Cougar, WA, USA
April 23, 2013
No adjustable height, I used the old trick of a cinder block in the middle of the tray, good depth for the worst areas,
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answer 7
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Lawnguy
North Salem, NY, USA
April 23, 2013
Yes, there are three height adjustments on this 40" John Deere Thatcherator. The highest setting is for travel/transport while being towed behind the tractor. The middle setting is for thatching and the third (lowest) setting is to scarify the ground. Usually used when preparing a new area for new lawn seeds. I used my thatcher at the middle setting without any additional weight and it did a great job at lifting most of the thatch.
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answer 8
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JohnDeere
March 21, 2012
Thanks for your question. We apologize for the confusion. The 40 in. Thatcherator does indeed have three operating positions. The top hole is the transport position, center hole is the dethatch position and the bottom hole to the scarify position.
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GPMur
May 20, 2014
yes there are a couple of ways to adjust the dethatcher. Wheels as well a pin placements.
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Alan
Asbury, NJ 08802, USA
April 25, 2013
One is the travel position, the other is for thatching and the lowest is for use to dig deeper prior to seeding.
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gnova
wisconsin
May 27, 2014
Just as you thought. Travel, regular thatching, deep thatching roughing the soil for over seeding lawn
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Does Home Depot offer assembly?

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Ridge
about 40 in. Tow-Behind Thatcherator on
March 30, 2014
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GPMur
May 20, 2014
I don't think so and it is complex to assemble if it is the first time you are doing it. Parts are not well labeled.
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gnova
wisconsin
May 27, 2014
Yes our local istore does.
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THDCustomerSupport
Kennesaw, GA
April 1, 2014
Thank you for your recent inquiry with The Home Depot. I believe the best advice would be to talk to one of our many specialty department professionals at your local Home Depot store. For any other questions, please visit your nearest local Home Depot store or call us at HomeDepot.com Customer Service 800-430-3376.
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Can I use this attachment (the John Deere 40 in. Tow-Behind Thatcherator) with my John Deere Z225 42 inch EZTrac riding mower?

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Lou
Illinois
about 40 in. Tow-Behind Thatcherator on
July 14, 2013
Can I use this attachment (the John Deere 40 in. Tow-Behind Thatcherator) with my John Deere Z225 42 inch EZTrac riding mower?
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TravisHDAtl
Atlanta, GA
July 16, 2013
Hi Lou,

The Z 225 mower in question has no towing hook provided by John Deere.

This is intentionally designed for two reasons.

The maneuverability of zero turn mowers create steering "jack knife" situations that should be avoided.

The relative position of the muffler/exhaust system of the engine to where the hitch would be will expose the operator to the possibility of burns.

Travis
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answer 2
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GPMur
May 20, 2014
Sure, Should work fine. You just need a place to put the pin through.
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