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Old 05-03-2014, 07:11 PM   #1
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why are dethaching machines so expensive?


I have 3/4 of an acre of grass that was neglected for many years (some of it my fault). I hated dethaching as a kid with Dad and apparently that hasn't changed a whole lot. I've got a decent layer of thatch built up, perhaps an inch or two. I own a thaching rake and for smaller lawn sections it works fine but for the larger areas it's just terrible. I don't have a lawn tractor because I don't mind walking and it still only takes me an hour with my push mower.

Last night after making no where near the progress I had wanted to I started looking at alternatives to manual dethaching. Plenty of tow behind options but since I don't have anything to tow it with they don't work too well. I looked at the detaching blades for lawn mowers and I dunno they seem to be a mixed bag, some people say they rock others end up boring a hole to China in their yards. Lastly we come to the dedicated dethaching equipment and holy crap are they expensive. Even the ones I find on CL ~$500. This makes me wonder why are they so expensive. From what I can see there is an engine that's mounted to a frame which houses a spinning set of blades/knives/tines and some basic height adjustment. What am I missing?

I know there are some electric versions that are way cheaper but I worry about them lasting with my property.
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That is a machine that is seldom needed--perhaps renting is the answer--
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I've never dethached in 30 years of lawn maintenance; but if you just do it every few years, it has to be much cheaper to have it done.
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Renting is certainly a viable option. I was just floored at how expensive said machines were, even on the used market.
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I've never dethached in 30 years of lawn maintenance; but if you just do it every few years, it has to be much cheaper to have it done.
I've got trust issues when it comes to having other people do things.
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You had Larry Darrell and Darrell work on your house?

Around here it's Ed and Ed that make people try their hand at Do It Yourself---
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thats nothing. try buying a stump grinder.
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...started looking at alternatives to manual dethaching.
Plenty of tow behind options but since I don't have anything to tow it with they don't work too well. ... I have 3/4 of an acre of grass

What am I missing?
If ever anyone was looking for a reason to buy a small lawn tractor... this is it. It'll be great in the fall to vacuum up the leaves with as well.

Get a simple $100 drag behind tine type dethatcher.

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thats nothing. try buying a stump grinder.
How expensive is black powder? Yeah those can be pricey too.

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If ever anyone was looking for a reason to buy a small lawn tractor... this is it. It'll be great in the fall to vacuum up the leaves with as well.

Get a simple $100 drag behind tine type dethatcher.
Yup.

All this being said I found one at Menards that is gas powered and much cheaper. I couldn't really find any info on it though.

http://www.menards.com/main/outdoors...escriptionlink

For some reason the sales person wouldn't let me pull it off the shelf to see it better or read the literature that was on the handle. Oh well...
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how much is that ? they don't stock them anywhere around me, so i won't give me a price.
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For some reason the sales person wouldn't let me pull it off the shelf to see it better or read the literature that was on the handle. Oh well...
then just buy it and try it. doesn't work well, take it back.
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how much is that ? they don't stock them anywhere around me, so i won't give me a price.
$500 although the web was saying $250 sale price.

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then just buy it and try it. doesn't work well, take it back.
Not worth an hour drive for a return. I had other business that had me over there today.

I ended up renting a unit from HD for $47. I ended up going that route since I had never done this before I didn't feel like investing in one to start with. Took a lot of crap out of the yard. We'll see how the rest of this year goes.
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