WORX 12 amp, 14″ dethatcher
Toronto, ONT ─ The WORX® 12 amp 14 in. Dethatcher is a highly efficient, maneuverable, and affordable solution to the perennial problem of thatch build-up in small to mid-sized lawns. This electric, DIY yard tool quickly and vigorously dethatches a lawn by removing compacted grass clippings, weeds and moss that prevent oxygen, moisture and nutrients from reaching the roots.
Hiring a lawn care service can be pricey. Small lawns can be dethatched manually with a specialized dethatching rake – a sure recipe for a backache. Or the homeowner can rent a gas-powered dethatcher (aka verticutter), which is extremely heavy and somewhat difficult to maneuver. A truck or utility trailer is needed to transport it from the rental facility and then the homeowner is working against the clock to get the job done within the rental period.
In contrast, the WORX 12 amp, 14 in. Dethatcher weighs only 24.7 lbs., and is easy and intuitive to handle. It is powered by a 12 amp, 120V, 60 HZ, high-torque motor that develops no-load speeds up to 3500 rpm.
The electric dethatcher cuts a 14-in. swath in a single pass, allowing the project to move along quickly. Thatch and debris are caught in a detachable, 0.9 bushel (30L), collection bag for easy disposal.
Dethatching depth is set by pulling out and turning a large, three-position, depth-adjustment knob on the left wheel hub to raise and lower the tines. The first setting removes approximately 0.12 in. above the ground. The second setting removes 0.12 in. below ground level, while the third setting – the most aggressive – removes 0.35 in. below the ground. The first setting of “1” is recommended when first using the dethatcher or when transporting or storing the machine.
Starting the 12 amp, 14 in. dethatcher is a breeze. Just plug in the power cord piglet into a 16-gauge, 3-wire 50 ft. or 14-gauge, 3-wire 100 ft. outdoor rated extension cord, pull back and hold the bale and it’s ready to go. The dethatcher’s handle has a comfortable, padded grip and folds down for space-saving storage. Also featured is a safety, lock-out button to prevent accidental starting; and an extension cord retainer.
The eco-friendly, electric dethatcher is emission-free and has low operating and maintenance costs. There’s no pull-cord, gas tank to fill, oil to check, spark plug and filters to replace, or loud motor noise.
For best results, most lawns should be dethatched in spring and fall. Grass should be examined up close for an underlying layer of thatch, which looks like a matting of grayish-brown stems stuck together. When there’s an inch or more of thatch above the soil level, it’s time to dethatch. Do not use the dethatcher in wet or damp conditions, or when the grass is longer than 3 in. high. It’s recommended to cut the grass first before employing the dethatcher. It is also recommended to over-seed after dethatching to help grow grass in the thinned out areas of the lawn. As a result, the following growing season should show a much thicker, denser, and lush yard.
Included with the WORX Dethatcher is a grass/thatch collection bag and a wrench. The dethatcher is covered by the WORX three-year limited warranty.