Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 36
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 POPS well liked BIRTHDAY PRESENT
VERY GOOD PIECE OF EQUIPMENT.EASY TO HANDLE. LITE WEIGHT. MY SON LIKES IT.
September 1, 2015
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 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
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Bones Good Product, Instructions Horrible
The person(s) who wrote the instructions and took the accompanying pictures should be transferred to something that they can properly do. I found the instructions to be lacking information, containing incorrect information, and detrimental to the assembly process in general. Why sell a quality product with instructions that appear to be created by a person with such marginal skill????? That being said, I would not recommend this product to a friend.
May 11, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by mell 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).
May 13, 2014