Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 38
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Richard John Deere Thatcherator
Directions are horrible. Once product is put together it does what it's supposed to. The lifting mechanism to raise and lower the unit could use refining. Worth trying and if you own a John Deere riding mower. Great addition.
October 18, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Popo Thatcherator
We bought this to help keep our horse pasture clear of weed take over so we could get grass to grow plus breaking up and spreading of horse manure to help as fertilizer. It is working like a charm and we haven't even had to add weight. The only draw back was the instruction could be better.
August 17, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Don Does the job
Overall, happy with the product, and it did a good job although I've used it once at this point. I wish the handle used to engage for de-thatcher operation was easier to use. The unit itself is made of high quality steel, and heavy enough to use without the need to add concrete blocks in my case.
As for the instructions, I wished the photo's were more clear, but putting the unit together was still pretty easy and straight-forward.
Now, if they could only invent a de-thatcher with a built-in sweeper that would be great!!
April 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jack JD Thatcher is great
This product is extremely well built and definitely worth the price of just over $200. I use it with about 50lbs of weight (2 concrete blocks - see photos) and it works great.
It took me 1 hour and 56 minutes to assemble and another 15 to 20 minutes to make the tine height adjustments.
I have attached photos in the "transport" mode and the "thatching" mode.
The only criticism I have are the less that clear assembly instructions. I recommend you measure the bolts and read the instructions carefully as you assemble it. DO NOT go solely by the pictures, because they often have the left and right mixed up. As someone else has pointed out the written instructions are very accurate. The pictures are often the wrong image.
All in all Home Depot and John Deere have hit another home run.
April 28, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Knisnal Does the job!
Never realized there was so much accumulated thatch on my lawn. The thatcherator is easily pulled by a John Deere X320 and kicks up thatch and acts as a spring tooth harrow. I reseeded the lawn and now have beautiful green grass. Take time to completely read the instructions and use photos from JD website before assembling unit. Once adjusted, tighten bolts snugly except for the lift lever. I have used the thatcherator three times with no problems, and plan on using it each spring and fall prior to overseeding. When used with the JD plug aerator, my lawn looks like it has been professionally maintained.
November 11, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by POPS well liked BIRTHDAY PRESENT
VERY GOOD PIECE OF EQUIPMENT.EASY TO HANDLE. LITE WEIGHT. MY SON LIKES IT.
September 1, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Onebuck Better than average quality .........at a price!
Once this attachment and I get properly acquainted, I believe it will do the job. It lived up to its reputation as being miserable to assemble....I had a Home Depot assembler put it together and I still went home with a ziplock of extra miscellaneous parts.
April 21, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Piper "Some Assembly Required"
Very disappointed to open the box and try to get this put together. Directions had horrible instructions supported by nearly unintelligible photos accompanying them (tried to use photos to make up for lacking written instructions). Once cobbled together (requiring some nifty dexterity), the wheel fell off initially into a one acre project requiring a long walking inspection to recover the missing lock washer and nut. Guys, revisit the lock washer/nut idea and find something better, the wheels either lock up or fall off. Finally, the thatcherator was attached to the back of a JDeere mower/tractor. The directions for installation were for some other piece of equipment (important in measuring thatching height). Other than that, it performed (1x) as expected.
March 25, 2014