Hi, I want to buy my brother an electric scarifier.
Would prefer a rear collection box (so that he can use it without it).
Large(ish) flat lawn.
I've seen a number online such as Draper, Bosch, Makita, Alko etc etc.
Not too bothered about the "aerator" function - although any reviews
Smallish budget - up to £150.
Hi Silver Fox,
As a general rule of thumb any decent Scarifier will also Aerate to a
certain extent depending on how well it is manufactured. The old
Qualcast and Black & Decker models used to use "spring tine" scarifiers
which worked only as a scarifier and not very well in my opinion.
Modern Scarifiers normally use a primary drive spinle which has several
blades mounted vertically to not only remove the moss and thatch but
also to cut in to the sod and improve aeration and gradually reduce the
problem year on year (distribute sharp sand or similar after using the
Some good brands in the electric stable (which also have good after
sales service for spare parts etc) MTD Lawnflite, Al-ko and
You will often find collection bags are sold as an optional extra for
these type of machines. Scarifiers are not very good collectors and I
would always recommend using a Rotary Lawnmower after the scarifier
purely to collect the debris. They work on vacuum and will effectivly
hoover up anything left lying loose in the lawn.
Hope this helps