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Curious what you all have found works best? My assumption is it would defeat the entire purpose of dethatching if you just left it sit on the grass!

I have around 3.5 acres; so I don’t want to rake! That would take awhile! Granted it’s only twice a year...but I’d assume that would take at least 3 hours...probably more.

So I see 3 options:
1. A bagging system
2. Blower
3. Lawn Sweeper


I looked at a bagger system for my x750; looks to be at least $1500. More for the 14 bushel version...or the ones that have the little trailer to carry whatever is sucked up. Obviously the most expensive option.

A blower would take a long time...albeit less time than raking; but without the manual labor. I have a creek bed that runs the entire west border of my yard so I could blow all the thatch in there.

Lawn sweeper. I found several like the agri-fab sweepers on here. $300 on amazon. 3 year warranty. Mostly good reviews but some bad. Mostly bad for pine cones and wet leaves. I’d think it would do fine for thatch. I already have a Stihl blower, so that cost has already occurred. But $300 is almost worth the try versus the $1500+ for a bagging system. HD makes one as well for around $380 I think I saw at Lowe’s. Not sure if there are better lawn sweepers around though. I’d doubt JDs version would have more than a 3 year warranty. I’d be curious how agri-fab is to deal with if something failed...I just don’t know how durable they are...if they use plastic gearing that will fail or if they make them pretty beefy. I did read a few that said you can only fill the 52” version up have way as it gets too heavy and the frame bends; which is concerning...

Curious what you all are doing to pick up the debris after you de-thatch!


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That is one of the reasons I bought the collection system for our Z950R. I pick it up with the ZTR now so I don't have to put the mower and collection system on the X585.
 

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Get 3 48" sweepers, and rig them up with a spreader bar, so two of them are side by side and one in the back just barely overlapping the two in front. Or vice versa, one in front, two in back. 11ish feet of sweeper, would make short work of 3.5 acres.

Edit; Farm and Fleet has 42" AgriFabs sweepers for $229.


EDIT 2; If you want it to be really bad ass, run 2 dethatchers side by side in front of the 3 sweepers, and do everything in one pass.:cool:
 

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I have a agrifab and it works fine. I think a 48”. I bought a TKV so it sits now but otherwise it has lasted for 10 years or more doing an acre of leaves. I have not had to get parts for it but I have for something else agrifab and if I remember right it was like my Fimco. A woman in the Midwest who spoke english and knew how to do her job. Kind of like going to a McDonald’s 50 miles from a city, someone working because they want too.


EDIT 2; If you want it to be really bad ass, run 2 dethatchers side by side in front of the 3 sweepers, and do everything in one pass.:cool:
Now that is an excellent justification of the cost of the TKV. 😂
 
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I use a 880 trac-vac behind a 430 with a 60” deck and a dethatcher on the front of the tractor.
I have about the same amount of yard as you do.
 

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Bagger on my x739 - I dethatched a 6500 sq. ft section last year with a Bluebird lawn comber and sucked up FIVE 14bu loads doing a lawn renovation. That job alone totally justified having a bagging system, as if the massive fall leaf pileups here weren't enough, the dethatch job was just eye popping. This using the 14bu Superior Tech setup that allows for dump-from-seat, even the trio-of-bags version would have been a little work......
 
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I'd go for some sort of collection system, either a Power Flow, or a pull-behind with its own engine. Over time, it will pay for itself, not only for thatch pickup, but leaf collection as well. I have a PowerFlow on my 2520, and had one on my X748.
DR Equipment's pull behind is very robust, the collection trailer folds up for storage, and it also has a manual collection hose for sucking up piles of leaves or corners you can't drive in due to space.
 

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Lawn sweeper for us. Had been borrowing my folks but went and bought our own last sunday. Only a couple areas I need it.
 

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I had a sweeper 50" Ohio steel from TSC worked great and only sold it because I got a powered bagger. Easy to use, works well would definitely recommend 2nd to a MCS/powered bagger for picking up thatch and leaves. Baggers are 💰💰 but the best option.
 
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Got a used PF and chute from my dealer. Built a box for my 18 cart and bought a 8" flex tube. I have about $350 in it.
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Got a used PF and chute from my dealer. Built a box for my 18 cart and bought a 8" flex tube. I have about $350 in it. View attachment 786283
This is awesome. I bet I could rig up a wood box for my 3pt quick attach that would hold a fair bit. I already built a poor man's carry-all that holds my granular spreader and liquid boom sprayer.

I'm going to have to look into this a little further.

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I just bash it up with a good mulching mower. If you use a good mulcher, you'll never have thatch.
I do think mulching up thatch is a viable solution, but thatch is not clippings. That's a common misconception. It's mostly roots, stems and runners.

Thatch is going to happen on a healthy lawn, that's just the nature of the plant.


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Best grass I have is on the slope going down the hill. Never sees fertilizer of any kind nor any has ever seen any lime, probably the natural 5.5 pH. Just cannot get excited about grass other than to keep it down where we walk or drive stuff over. Ticks don't like that.
 

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I use a CMP 60” 3pt dethatcher and than mow. My mower has a mulch kit so nothing is left to see. i never have to rake anything and won’t ever need a vacuumed or sweep.
 
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I use a CMP 60” 3pt dethatcher and than mow. My mower has a mulch kit so nothing is left to see. i never have to rake anything and won’t ever need a vacuumed or sweep.
What deck and mulch kit do you have?

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What deck and mulch kit do you have?

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I have a 1025 with the 54” deck with the JD mulch kit that includes the mulch blades. I sharpen or change the mulch blade once a year or more. My BIL who lives next to me has a vacuumed on his garden tractor and it works well too. Im very happy with this setup.
 
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I have a 1025 with the 54” deck with the JD mulch kit that includes the mulch blades. I sharpen or change the mulch blade once a year or more. My BIL who lives next to me has a vacuumed on his garden tractor and it works well too. Im very happy with this setup.
Cool, I have the 60d on my 1026r and I'm glad to hear this setup mulches thatch well. I have some serious dethathching to do and don't want to collect it.

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I just bash it up with a good mulching mower. If you use a good mulcher, you'll never have thatch.
I mulch, but you will get thatch. Even aeration which helps break down thatch doesn't get rid of it all. I dethatch about every other year.
 

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I agree, I still get thatch. The dethatcher gets the bulk of it and my mulch kit mow disintegrates it but the dethatcher isn’t perfect and some slips by but totally happy with the end results.
 
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