Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 13
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Nick Workable for small lots
This is a good unit for those persons that want to dethatch once a year but don't want the headaches of a gasoline engine. Yes the bag is small and will quickly fill up. That is an area where the manufacturer could improve. I found that on the backward stroke if I tilted the unit at a 45 degree angle and wiggled it, the contents of the bag would go further in and allow me to cover about 40' linear feet instead of about 15'. Another option is to run it without the bag to bring the thatch to the surface and then run your bagging mower over it to pick up the contents. I didn't experience the issue others faced with the unit shutting down or over heating. I would say this unit is okay for a max of 80x100 lot. Anything bigger and you will get frustrated. I live in NY and users with Southern grasses might have a harder time.
April 26, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 2QQ4 Totally pleased
This is a great product. I was reading reviews prior to purchase and I am very pleased with this purchase. I am getting to old to do all that crazy racking so this product is perfect.
July 14, 2015
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 5.0 out of 5.0 by sen It is an fine little dethatcher
Just dethatched part of my backyard with this little SunJoe dethatcher. I had solarized the ground in the area and it was well dried out.
After assembling the handle and debris catcher (pretty easy for the non-mechanical). I practiced how to line up the bag to the area it attaches to and once I knew the drill never experienced problems connecting the bag or unattaching it. Yes, it fills fast (I last thatched that almost 1/4 acre with a thatch rake about 20 years ago). I have a lovely large pile of thatch that I will turn in to a freeform compost pile to solarize.
At first try, for some reason, the tine adjustment snapped up to #4 (I figure it may not have been seated all the way it is a bit stiff to turn and get to position), which really kicked up a cloud of dirt. I was able to move it back to #1 (I found putting it on the patio surface and pushing down while twisting helped...it is stiff), which the instructions say is where to start, as the adjustments are to be used once the tines start to wear down. It did a much better job then, without creating a cloud of dirt (I live in an area with ash on top from Mt. St Helen eruption in the 80s and it's still mixed into the soil in my yard).
Even with all the stops to empty the bag, since I knew the drill, the time was simply spent taking the bag to the growing debris pile. The Sunjoe just scoots along, is easy to push and just had one moment when it grabbed up a couple of small fallen apples that made it sound odd until those cleared. The rest of the time it made it's noise that reminds me of a quiet vacuum cleaner. I am impressed so far.
I noticed that the vents got very dirty (could be all that powdered volcanic ash again) and a bit of thatch debris builds up in an area below the vent under the housing. I used a chip brush (small) to brush the unit off, and the handle of the brush just fit into the area where the debris from the vent area built up so was able to clear that out. I could see how it could build up and block the vent, causing overheating, but a couple minutes to brush off the buildup and picking out the debris from the area right below the vent may keep that issue at bay. I did not see any buildup of debris in the area where the tines are however.
I highly recommend reading and re-reading the instructions. It does say a bit of appropriate lubricant should be used but does not show on a diagram where that would be. I imagine it would be where the tines are, bearings or whatever gets a huge amount of rotation in that area, as that's the only moving part I could see during a quick look (there may be somewhere higher up?). Instructions also show that the handles can be folded for storage.
All in all, very pleased with this little machine. I've already recommended it to a couple of people I know. I hope it lasts and that I won't be disappointed down the line. Of course, I hope it survives dethatching the back half of the yard next weekend, where the thatch is deeper. It should. I will mow that closer to the ground and also patrol the area to remove sticks and rocks (it is not as tended as the half closer to the house and things do come through the tines at a rapid clip.
I'm glad replacement tine bar can be purchased through Home Depot.
BTW, because the debris does move into the debris bag area (whether you use the bag or not) at quite a speed once scraped up, safety glasses and something to protect shins are well advised, and a dust mask if you have breathing issues or dusty ground. While I have the fun of added volcanic ash mixed into the topsoil here, each person willprobably have a different experience. I was well covered with dust and ash due to hitting some higher spots where it dug in a bit deeper. Also, it doesn't quite drive like a mower and one has to be very aware of the cord. Eear protection not really needed and I doubt the neighbors were probably wondering why I was running a vacuum outside.
Good little machine so far.
July 6, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by TS20 Works as expected
The 14 IN. 11-AMP ELECTRIC DETHATCHER WITH COLLECTION BAG works just as expected. This machine pick up a lot of stuff from your lawn that you would never get done using just a rake. Very simple to assemble the handle to the device and easy to use. Start at the highest setting and work your way down one setting at a time to get to the optimal setting you need. Looking forward to seeing how this does when the leaves start falling.
June 9, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Chuck Electric Dethatcher Review
This dethatcher worked great for me. You must adjust it for your proper depth in order to go lightly over the yard. If you go too deep it will take up your grass and leave you with bare spots. It works great in my opinion and my only regret is that the bagger fills up quickly which means it's doing the job. I found it easiest to leave the bagger on and just turn the dethatcher over and shake out the contents into a pile.
June 9, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by giddorassem Good buy
The price after a discount offer was similar to regular price at some other stores (Target). I only used it for a few times and the impression is good. It does a good job in dethatching, but the bag needs to be emptied quite often.
June 11, 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