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Sun Joe (14Ē) 11-amp Electric Dethatcher
If you donít know me personally Iím one of those guys in the neighborhood that likes to have a nice looking lawn. This year I decided I wanted to get my lawn thatched this spring. Just a quick lesson on why you dethatch a lawn. Lawn thatch is a layer of dead grass that forms on the soil of your lawn. The reason you want to remove thatch is to promote better air and water absorption on your lawns root system. I had previously done it with an old school manual thatching rake, but my shoulder gets sore easy also I kind of wanted an easy way out. At first I looked at renting a thatcher the problem with that is the rental place wanted $50 dollars to use it which is fair, but the machine wonít fit in the back of my car, so that option was out. The next option was hiring a landscaping contractor they all wanted $75 dollars to do it, and then I noticed the Sun Joe unit on the web with free shipping. I figured the unit would pay for itself after a few uses. This is how I ended up with my own electric corded lawn dethatcher.
Assembly and use of the item was very simple all you needed to do was tighten up a few knobs, bolts, and screws. The hardest part was assembling the collection bag. I did have one issue with one of the knobs not working correctly but I was able to get the dethatcher assembled anyways. The only other issue I have is a cosmetic one some of the stickers on the unit has started to peel in the shipping box. Itís only a cosmetic issue, but I have never seen stickers peel that easy and clean off equipment before. Usually it is the opposite they are next to impossible to get off. None of these issues affects the performance of the unit, and I havenít been able to get in contact with Sun Joe to get replacements yet. Itís not a major issue in my mind.
Regarding the performance of the dethatcher it was great it bagged all of the thatch which was awesome which saved me from having to rake up afterwards. All you do to use the unit is lower the knob from the moving position to the thatching position and turn the unit on and start thatching your lawn. I have a small lawn but it filled up two garbage cans of thatch in no time. I was so glad how fast everything went and my shoulder was thanking me already from not having to do things the old fashioned way. I loved everything about the unit I had seen some negative reviews, but I donít know what they were complaining about the unit worked fine and bagged really well the only thing is you do need to empty the bag a lot it fills up quickly thatís it. I canít think of any issues that came up about how the unit operated. It did the job well and I didn't have any issues with the unit at all.
This item is meant for a small to medium sized lawn any lager and you might need to invest in a gasoline powered unit. I like electric power on tools like this because you donít need the do the maintenance like you need to do on a gas powered unit. It also keeps the cost of the unit down, and electric power is perfect for tools like these that you only use once or twice a year. I wouldn't want a corded lawnmower thatís for sure! In the end this Sun Joe dethatcher worked out perfectly for me and I would recommend it to anyone.
If you donít know me personally Iím one of those guys in the neighborhood that likes to have a nice looking lawn. This year I decided I wanted to get my lawn thatched this spring. Just a quick lesson on why you dethatch a lawn. Lawn thatch is a layer of dead grass that forms on the soil of your lawn. The reason you want to remove thatch is to promote better air and water absorption on your lawns root system. I had previously done it with an old school manual thatching rake, but my shoulder gets... more
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Albert N. Lindenhurst, NY
Most Helpful Positive Review
Nice Little Tool
Used it on the whole yard, put some seed now the lawn is green & full. Did a real good job.
Albert Recommends This Sun Joe Product
Albert's Experience With Mowers Direct
"Good site will use again on next tool (toy) needed"
It not only detached , it took up the whole lawn, I did not notice until it was too late.
Pros:Easy To Use, Quiet, Fast
Daniel Does Not Recommend This Product
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Ara D. Lexington, MA
Don't Buy This Dethatcher
Brand new out of the box, worked for 10 minutes and conked out. Turns out the motor overheated. The ten minute use was for very light use. It overheated in ten minutes and took two hours to cool down for it to restart. If you don't mind using it for ten minute intervals every two hours, Buy this product.
Pros:Easy To Use
Cons:Low Quality, Unreliable, Bad Quality, Bad Quality
Ara Does Not Recommend This Product
Ara's Experience With Mowers Direct
"I wanted to buy Green Earth mower, but it was on back order. I ordered Sun Joe, which was announced as available, only to learn two days after I ordered it that it was too out of order. I should have cancelled my order and waited for the Green earth de-thatcher, but, shame on me, I did not. Long story short, it ran for 10 minutes and died as I described.
Mower direct customer service was great in understanding and attempting to get a refund from Sun Joe. Sun Joe offered to replace the machine but no refund. I will try the substitute machine, and if it does not meet expected quality, I will get my refund through Paypal, because I made my payment through them."