Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 31
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Gabe Fits the bill
I was hesitant to purchase this item after reading all the reviews. However, this machine exceeding my expectations. Yes, many of the reviews are accurate, the bag does fill up quickly and it will shut down quicker than I would like. But when I think about the few times that I rented a gas-powered unit, this little machine more than facilitated my life, by saving me lots of time in raking up and bagging heaps of dead grass.
April 21, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Jparr Don't bother
I paid extra to get the one with the bag. It is so small that it is pointless. I ended up taking it off and using my lawn mower to gather the thatch. My lot is about 10k sq ft and I couldn't get through a fourth of it without it shutting down. Then I had to wait a couple hours to try to use it again. Definitely not worth it. I wished I would have used the money to hire someone, what a disappointment! Don't buy this machine!
April 14, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HappyThatcher Excellent purchase
The dethatcher is very easy to use and does a great job. The depth of the tines is adjustable so will work on a variety of lawns. The grass catcher can be a bit tempermental to replace after emptying the bag, but for the price it's okay.
April 21, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Edwin In a class by itself
I was in a bit of a conundrum. My lawn is too big to dethatch with a hand rake, but too small to warrant a ride-on mower with tow-behind dethatcher. Professional walk-behind gasoline-powered dethatchers were out of my price range and impractical to rent. I was not interested in maintaining another internal combustion engine. The electric powered "Dethatcher Joe" seemed a good companion to my electric lawnmower.
I have a problem with debris from a large Sycamore tree, as well as a sod lawn laid atop marginal topsoil. Dethatching twice a year is a necessity for me.
Fortunately, I started the machine on a piece of lawn that I did not care much about. The ground was slightly damp, and I was moving the machine too slowly. I quickly learned the machine was happy to tear up all my grass. The ground must be completely dry; even morning dew can be problematic. Unlike mowing, I must walk swiftly to prevent this machine from removing too much healthy grass.
I found the bag very difficult to remove and reinstall. It was easier to operate the machine without the bag, and rake up afterwords using a leaf rake. This was still much less effort than dethatching with a metal hand rake.
The "rotating metal tines" design was much less effective than using a metal hand dethatching rake. Piles of thatch from the machine contained too much healthy green grass. Piles I hand raked were yellow throughout. A self-propelled machine with fixed tines, that works like a tow-behind dethatcher, would seem to be a better solution. Unfortunately, none exists, and this machine is the only one in its class.
The machine is small, lightweight, and quiet. It serves its purpose, seems like it should last several years, and I would recommend it to the small minority with a lawn my size. It is not a perfect solution, but it does save me a great deal of backbreaking manual labor, making it worth its cost.
July 9, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by joeboo Sure beats doing it by hand
Look, is this a professional strength dethatcher, no. But does it do the job, yes it does. I was pleasantly surprised by how well it actually worked. Its light which makes it easy to use. I set mine to the highest setting just to see what it would do and it pulled up quite a good amount of dead grass. Used it on about 4,000 sqft of grass. Was afraid to set it lower in case it pulled out too much good grass. I actually preferred this to the gas one I have used in the past. No fumes, stops when you let go so you can turn it around with no issues and much lighter. I did not use the attached bag since other reviews talk about how frequently you would need to empty it. Just went over it with my lawn mower which picked up most of it. (Yes I know, I need to empty the lawn mower, but I'm used to doing that)
I would say at the highest setting, it gives you the same effect as if you used a dethatching rake, just with a lot less effort. It did not overheat since I let go of the handle so it stopped as I made a pass (meaning go in one direction, stop and turn around). It was not too warm out (approx. 70 degrees) and it was set to the highest setting which was still effective (lower setting would make the engine work too hard I would imagine). This may contribute to why it did not overheat. There are reviews that say it overheats, but doing what I did, I had no issues.
My father-in-law who hates all things electric and not "professional grade" was really surprised on how well it worked. He was waiting for it to break down and kept telling me that it will break soon...and it didn't.
Seeded and put fertilizer down afterwards and lawn looks great. Looks the same way it did after I used a gas dethatcher. Especially for the price, use this instead of a dethatching rake. Your hands, back and the rest of you will thank you.
May 21, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Kaoz916 Works great until it overheats.
After using this dethatcher I had the same results as most other reviewers. When its working its great. But there is a filter in the front left of the dethatcher that clogs really easy and it will overheat. You have to stop and check it every 5 mins. Sometimes it got clogged in less time than that. The bag is of no use since it doesn't bag correctly. Also once you take it off, good luck on putting it back on. Just use it without the bag. If you have a really small lawn, then I say go for it.
May 4, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by bmwrider Questionable to do over
The bagger is useless- 2 ft and clog, if you decide to buy, get the bagless model and save $10. Second issue- first use, got used to it quickly enough, and about 1/3 done with lawn - it stops working entirely. There are apparently some vent holes on the front left that allow air to cool the motor. Motor was overheating due to dust/debris clogging. Unclogg and wait 1-2 hours and unit seems to reset...... makes a days work - take 2 to 3 shifts..... not thrilled, but not many if any alternatives out there.
September 30, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by oldguy8888 Overall a Good Item For A Small Yard
This item is great for a small yard. It tends to shut down over prolonged use and has a long cool down/reset period of hours. The catcher is of no use. It does not fill properly due to the lack of speed of the rotating tines. This item does do the job if you atre doing less that 3,000sqft of yard continuosly.
April 23, 2013