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John Deere

Model TA-40JD

Internet #100609657

40 in. Tow-Behind Thatcherator

$223.72 /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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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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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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Customer Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 37 reviewers.
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by 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 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 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 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 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 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 "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 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
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