Rated 3.7 out of 5Â by 27
Rated 5 out of 5Â by chris Not bad......
Ran good till my beagle chewed the wheel off and got my shed broken into and got stolen. Worked great otherwise.
April 6, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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
Rated 3 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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