2021 - Volume #45, Issue #4, Page #23[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Dethatcher Converted To Tow-Behind
“When I began using it, I found it to be very cumbersome and hard to turn,” recalls Line. “The holes for height adjustment were too far apart for good depth control. If the thatch was moist, it would stick to the rear wheels, increasing the height of the machine and affecting the working depth.”
Line got busy making improvements. He removed the front wheels and built a framework for 3 caster wheels. He bolted it to the original front wheel mounts.
“The caster wheels solved the maneuverability issue,” says Line.
Line made dethatching even easier by rigging up a small hitch to connect the dethatcher to his riding lawn mower. He ran a steel rod through the lawn mower’s rear lift arms, extending it half the width of the dethatcher to his mower’s left side.
A hitch plate pins to the center of the caster wheel framework and to the rod through the lift arms. Line also extended the throttle control cord, so he can adjust it from the riding lawn mower’s seat.
To solve the height adjustment problem, he cut out a section of the height adjustment rod. A turnbuckle welded in place to reconnect the rod gives Line near infinite height adjustments.
Line also dealt with the wet thatch problem. He fabricated small scrapers that rest on the rear wheels and are pinned to brackets he mounted to the dethatcher.
“I purchased the wheels at our local hardware store,” says Line. “I had everything else on hand. It was a low-cost fix, and now it works great with no issues.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Earl Line, Box 366, Melita, Man. Canada R0M1L0 (ph 204 522-5046; email@example.com).
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