I almost bought the seperate dethatcher, but after reading reveiws that people would use a yard sweeper after dethatching to avoid killing their back raking, this just seemed to make more sense. Knock everything out using one attachment instead of two. I was a little skeptical, considering there is only one reveiw, but I was amazed of how well it worked. Paired with the High Speed Craftsman Sweeper this is one outstanding yard tool. Only 20 minutes to assemble and install, instructions are simple and to the point. Don't hesitate, this is what your yard needs!
When this is first installed, and set properly, on level ground it works very well. However, if you hit a dip in the yard, keep an eye on it, it could fold under and drag upside down. The little metal hook that holds it does not help when it's in the "Drag" mode. That wheel must be in the front hole, I don't know why they put a second hole in the part, unless it's to use if you break that front one off when it folds under.
I love my sweeper, I've had it for years and I use it on many yards not just my own. The dethatcher is an awesome "Idea" but I've ruined two of them and almost the sweeper too because of it folding under.
Need to rethink the design. For now, I'm putting a push type thatcher on the front of my mower.
Good try sears, poor execution.
I think the brackets that hold it onto the sweeper could have been a better quality, but it works pretty good low tech
It took a long time to put the product together - and it was missing some of the washers and nuts. Some of the design aspects could have been better such as the washers were bigger than needed. There were several alternate ways in which the detatcher actually attaches to the sweeper depending on the size and type of sweeper) drives the attachments needed. The guide for install wasn't real clear, but after finally getting the dethatcher assembled and attached to the sweeper I was generally happy with the outcome.
Purchased craftsman dethatcher attachment model 486.242182 for my model 486.24207 lawn sweeper. Assembled it per instructions. Would not work properly. Had to modify mounting. Was too low causing tines to dig in dirt and flip wheel under sweeper. Took dethatcher off height tube and mounted on hitch assembly. Also had to put extension on Gauge wheel to raise tines. Figure 2 in assembly doesn't show correct picture of mounting gauge wheel. Little disappointed, but it does work now.
Assembly instructions were clear and straight forward. Included instructions and parts for a couple different types of sweepers. Used dethatcher once so far and worked well. Can lift dethatcher out of the way and secure when you want to use only the sweeper.
haven't used it yet but it looks good