Model # TA-40JD

Internet #100609657

John Deere 40 in. Tow-Behind Thatcherator
0759936151095

John Deere

40 in. Tow-Behind Thatcherator

$230.43 /each

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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.

  • Assembled dimension: 40 in. W x 41 in. D x 39 in. H
  • 2 rows (20) of independently flexing dual tine tips for maximum thatch pick-up
  • Wheels are offset behind tray to minimize overall width and facilitate leveling
  • Tines are secured by safety wires; tray designed to allow for added weight
  • 40 in. working width

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is the dethatching height adjustable for the john deere thatcherator (ta-40jd)

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woodbridge, va
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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May 27, 2014
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Just as you thought. Travel, regular thatching, deep thatching roughing the soil for over seeding lawn
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May 20, 2014
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yes there are a couple of ways to adjust the dethatcher. Wheels as well a pin placements.
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May 7, 2013
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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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May 7, 2013
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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 Read More
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. Read Less
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Easton, CT, USA
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April 28, 2013
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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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Asbury, NJ 08802, USA
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April 25, 2013
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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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North Salem, NY, USA
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April 23, 2013
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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 Read More
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. Read Less
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Cougar, WA, USA
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April 23, 2013
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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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April 10, 2012
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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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April 2, 2012
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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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March 21, 2012
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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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Does Home Depot offer assembly?

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April 21, 2015
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I believe that most stores offer this service at a price. Call your local HD store and talk to someone at the customer service desk.
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May 27, 2014
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Yes our local istore does.
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May 20, 2014
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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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April 1, 2014
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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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Illinois
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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April 21, 2015
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I'm not familiar with the John Deere Z225. I would think that the width of the deck as well as the height of the tractor hitch would be factors to consider. Since the Z225 has a 42 inch deck, operational clearance appears to be OK.
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May 20, 2014
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Sure, Should work fine. You just need a place to put the pin through.
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July 16, 2013
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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.
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Will this tow- behind thatcherator be compatible with my La115?

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March 24, 2016
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Yes, this is compatible with your LA115.
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This 40 in. Tow-Behind Thatcherator will be compatible with your John Deere LA115.
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40 in. Tow-Behind Thatcherator is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 40.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I did not give this product a 5 star rating due to the difficulty putting the unit together, the ... I did not give this product a 5 star rating due to the difficulty putting the unit together, the instructions need to be written better and the pictures that accompany them need to be clearer. The unit works great, but there were a few choice words when putting it together.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My husband said it was very straight forward to assemble. It worked fantastic pulling out the tha... My husband said it was very straight forward to assemble. It worked fantastic pulling out the thatch from our lawn. It's very sturdy and worked better than we thought. We would highly recommend this product.
Date published: 2016-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than raking This product actually does the work as advertised. I had some thick thatch and had to stop on clear the tines a couple of times. I would recommend this to anyone that has a tractor. Set aside at least 3 hours to put the Thatcherator together because the directions are not very clear when it come to what bolts you need to use.
Date published: 2009-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Made in the USA! Why Home Depot isn't capitalizing on this best selling feature of this unit is beyond me. The quality of construction is great, and the nuts and bolts are even SAE (NOT metric). Most of which are 1/2" or 7/16". If you are used to instructions with a picture for each individual step, they may have you scratching your head. While the pictures are not the best, the written directions are VERY thorough. Thanks to Home Depot, you can view the instructions (see the "More Info" tab) prior to purchasing to determine if this is something you could handle. Once assembled this unit requires some minor adjustments since all lawn tractors are not made equally. These adjustments are very straightforward but will require some observations on your part. For example, if the tines are not reaching the ground you'll have to lower the tray and vice versa. I did have an issue with a missing piece of hardware. I called JD and spoke with someone who spoke english right away! The part was FedEx'd to me very quickly and I was de-thatching my lawn within a couple days. I had yet another issue with a hole not being drilled in the correct location. The hole for the lift lock pin in the lift handle was drilled too high. When I pulled the lift handle to the side to raise/lower the unit, the lift lock pin caught the top of the hole in the lift lock plate, preventing me from raising or lowering the unit. Drilling a new hole in the lift handle slightly lower than the original solved this issue. Once assembled this unit worked great! I was amazed at how much thatch had accumulated in my lawn. If it weren't for the missing part and having to drill a new hole in the lift handle, I'd have given this unit 5 stars.
Date published: 2012-04-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from "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.
Date published: 2014-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid product that works well It is now almost effortless to de-thatch my acre of lawn. Assembly took 1 1/4 hrs but then I went back & re-adjusted the depth so say one & a half hrs total. Some of the assembly pictures do not clearly show the details that they should, but, if you have experience with such assemblies, you will do fine. If you are inexperienced or do not have the right tools, the assembly of this product will frustrate you (that is the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars).
Date published: 2014-05-13
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