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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 6:41 pm    Post subject: Suggestions for Lawn Scarifier Please Reply with quote

I was looking around at lawn scarifiers for the past while. They are for sale in Aldi and Lidl and also B&Q. Some sales-persons have said an electric lawn rake will do the same thing, but at 400W as opposed to 1400W and with much smaller teeth/blades, i'm not sure that it would. Anyway, I would appreciate any advice anyone might have. I am planning on buying one soon as part of contolling moss
Many thanks in advance
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the lawn bigger than a small patch jashar99. Because I would always go with a petrol driven machine for a big area and hard raking as it has that extra bit of muscle. Plus I hate training wires. Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The laen area front and back is small- medium at most. Raked it for last few years, wondering if scarrifier might be more effective or efficient. Thanks for your reply.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jashar99 wrote:
wondering if scarrifier might be more effective or efficient.


A mechanical scarrifier should be more effective as it will not tire. I find that as time goes on my raking becomes poorer due to tierdness, I miss pieces and dont care. A lawn scarifier should have a collection unit attached as well which prevent lots of stooping and bagging if you just use a hand rake.
Did you also look at the price of hiring one as you will need it max twice a year.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good idea Sb, but.......
Problem is, most people will want to hire it on the same sunny day.
A good day could go to waste as you wait for it to return to the hire shop.




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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys, hadnt looked in to hiring one as i was thinking of lending it to whatever family/ neighbours needed it. i found the same thing with raking, great start and then blisters and poor finish.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you buy, hire it out to your family/ neighbours. Razz
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually purchased and then returned a sccarifier from B&Q, didnt seem to have any power at all, and merely brushes the grass rather than taking out any thatch. But I was in my Uncle's house who lent me a scarifying blade for a lawnmower. It is the simpliest thing I have ever seen. It consists of a blunt lawnmower blade with 2 prongs one on either end which stick into the ground. I couldnt believe the amount of moss and thatch this thing pulled out. My neihbours ( lawn perfectionists) have it at the moment. Prior to using it I mowed the lawn, about 4-5 grass-boxes. After this scarifying I needed 19-20 boxes to clear it all. Definetly I am going to look in every lawnwover shop I can to see if I can find one. My advice is to forget about any electric lawn rake/scarifier. Next I will aerate and oversow the lawn.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jashar99 wrote:
I actually purchased and then returned a sccarifier from B&Q, didnt seem to have any power at all, and merely brushes the grass rather than taking out any thatch. But I was in my Uncle's house who lent me a scarifying blade for a lawnmower.


Petrol power, yer only man, lots of muscle. Wink
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