I'm looking for something like this: http://www.tooled-up.com/Product.asp?PIDf5
but it looks like the only thing that comes close that is available in the
US is a $1000+ machine made by Husqvarna. Is this some vast conspiracy by
the rental industry, or am I simply not looking in the right places?
On Sat, 02 Apr 2005 03:29:00 +0000, m4rcone wrote:
I'm un-sure why you would need one of these per-say. It seems that it
de-thatches (would bet rather poorly) and picks up leaves. It's only a
foot wide and it would take you forever to do a 1500 square foot lawn area.
I would suggest that if you need to thatch your lawn area, rent a
bluebird thatcher with a bagger on it. As far as leaf pick up in the
fall.... mow them. Any bagging mower will work at picking them up or just
multch them into the lawn if the the leaves arn't too thick.
If you feel that you *NeeD* one of these... then call Black & Decker and
see where to order one in the us. You may also have intrest in looking at
Mantis. They have a thatching attachment.
Good luck to you.
On Wed, 06 Apr 2005 17:18:04 +0000, m4rcone wrote:
I'd suggest that you research the euro suppliers of said machines and
*try* to hunt them down on this side of the pond. I would also suggest
that you look to Canada as they may have more euro-type machines than the
I'm still at a lose as to why you want one. What is it that your trying to
accomplish? Leaf pick up.. thatching..? Thatching really only needs to be
done at best every 3/4 years. As for picking up leaf litter..ect, use a
lawn vac or even a lawn mower.
I can understand how one can get used to a certain tool and a certain way
of doing things, but it may be time to look at different options and tools.
Good luck finding that right tool for your job.
Even if the one you own takes 5 times the effort of the commercial-grade
rental, and is only durable enough to be used twice? And you have the
storage space for a machine that'll sit unused for three or four (or more)
I may be going out on a limb here, but I would think that if it's this
difficult to find a tool like the one you want, there's a reason for it:
There's no demand for one like it. And there's no demand for it because it
doesn't match the needs of consumers.
If you're really sure that this machine is such a good idea, then buy a
truckload, and resell them. You already know you'll corner the US market if
you do so.
As stated by others, you want something like a Bluebird
There's a bunch of them for sale on Ebay in the $400-$500 range. The problem
with ones from the rental place is that they get so much use that the
tines/fingers get worn down and don't always do such a great job.
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You can rent one from Taylor for about $40 per half day. I've done
this twice over the years and am always disappointed. The ground must
be very flat for them to work properly and rolling it first doesn't
help. This is not due to worn parts, there's only so much that the
machine can cope with.
Which is still several hundred dollars more than what the lower-end ones
in Europe cost brand new. Now, I'm sure that the Bluebird is bigger and
better, but I'm looking for something more on the low end, affordable side,
which doesn't seem to even exist in the US.
You should take a look at the power requirements for this tool. If it
is made for European use, it is likely to require 230/50 power, so you
would need a power converter also.
I doubt they build them for the US market. European, particularly
English, lawns are often only slightly larger than a decent dining room
table, so they provide tools for that small environment; rarely do you
see an American lawn that small.
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Again, I'm looking for something *like* it, not necessarily this model
per se. A US-version of this would be good. Other brands/types would be
While I pointed to a British website in my original posting, this model
is sold throughout Europe. My parent's lawn (they live in the Netherlands)
isn't much smaller than mine (SF bay area), and they swear by it.
Didn't miss it. You said inexpensive and low-end. Can't get much
lower than a rake that you power yourself. Plus you didn't specify how
big a lawn we were talking about. For a small lawn like most of the
new homes I see, this would be a one-hour job.
That said, somebody used to sell a thatch rake that was built like a
reel mower. Not powered, but still an improvement over a rake. I
thought it was Lee Valley, but I can't find it on their site.
Honda's mini-tiller also has an attachment for de-thatching, but your
getting back into the 400 range.
Since this is a tool you generally don't use more than once a year,
most companies don't seem interested in building anything other than a
commercial grade tool. It's also tough to recommend buying something
for once a year use (although find a good deal on one and I'd consider
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