102 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent machine
We bought this machine after trying a cheap lawn rake with tines. Our grass was so bad it just broke all the tines off very quickly. The beauty of the AVR1100 is that it has solid blades instead of tines so far more robust. We ordered on Sunday and received the delivery on Tuesday morning. It took about 5 minutes for me to assemble, just 4 plastic handled screws and a...
Published on 13 April 2010 by A. White
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars verticutter
This is a powerful machine but your lawn has to be in good shape for it to not leave gaping holes throughout. I think it may take a long time to imporve my grass.
Published on 22 Aug 2011 by Mrs. J. Knox
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give life to your lawn,
This review is from: Bosch AVR 1100 Verticutter Lawnraker (Tools & Hardware)This is essentially a (very) powerful electric rake. By adjusting the depth of cut, you adjust the depth of raking. It will probably turn over the lawn on it's lowest setting - I haven't tried that. On uneven bits of lawn the cut depth can also be uneven - deeper in parts and so can dig out healthy grass. If you have a medium size lawn have several bags ready for the thatch and moss lifted - one green wheelie bin is filled in no time! Best apply moss killer a few weeks before - more moss lifted by raking then. The instructions say best to use the machine when grass short and dry but groung wet - fortunately with the unpredictable weather late August I was able to do this. I was left with some bare patches, where there had been much moss before. This was raked on a deeper cut to effectively turn over the soil and grass seed put down - this is now coming up as fresh grass. A very good raker at a price but it takes the back breaking work out of raking and makes easier to rejuvenate your lawn.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blooming excellent,
This review is from: Bosch AVR 1100 Verticutter Lawnraker (Tools & Hardware)Delivery was fantastic. As always Bosch deliver fine equipment. This does everything needed, gentle to very harsh as required. Much more powerful than I had expected, wish I had bought one before and saved hire charges for inferior petrol machines
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bosch AVR 1100 Verticutter,
This review is from: Bosch AVR 1100 Verticutter Lawnraker (Tools & Hardware)Really good and well put together, compared to my last scarifier. Removed a huge amount of thatch really quickly.......looked like a ploughed field. Spiked the lawn afterwards, reseeded with top dressing. Lots of watering during a very dry June. Result.............brilliant fresh, green lawn four weeks later. Would definitely recommend but you need to go the whole hog with aftercare...........mid summer not really the best time.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beast of a machine!!,
This review is from: Bosch AVR 1100 Verticutter Lawnraker (Tools & Hardware)I've used lawnrakers with tines before, found that they often just don't get everything up on the first or even second attempt. The Verticutter is the lawnraking equivalent of sledgehammers with regards to nuts - this thing just pulverised my lawn!! That's not a bad thing, I had it on highest setting initially but noticed that it wasn't getting up the thatch so dropped it a notch. You can now play chess on the massive chequerboard that is my lawns, but it decimated the moss, the weeds, the small lumps of earth, it even chewed through an edging brick where I went too far over!! I pulled 5 bags of moss and thatch from lawns that normally produce 2 bags of cutting from a week of growth, and while the lawn now looks as bad as my receding hair, the remaining hair...sorry grass already looks more verdant and green. I timed this a week after applying a lawn feed/moss and weedkiller and it seems to have done the job, however the Verticutter has highlighted how little grass was left in my lawn. However, lawn seed is now spread in the balder spots (if only one's pate was that easy!) and I anticipate in a month having a rather nice lush lawn!
Come autumn I'll get the Verticutter out to give the lawn a pre-winter beating with some lawn food, and I expect that next spring the lawn will be a lot less mossy than it was this year :D
So, in summary, it's as brutal with the lawn as Arnie was with terrorists, with the same end result that the world is a safer place and my lawn is a bit more healthy!
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AVR 1100 Verticutter,
This review is from: Bosch AVR 1100 Verticutter Lawnraker (Tools & Hardware)I have only used it once but it does what it says it will do. I agree with other comments i read before making the purchase that the collection box can be a bit fiddley to put on and seems a bit flimsy only time will tell if it lasts. On the highest setting it removed 1 1/2 cubic meters of moss and dead grass and i seemed to be forever emptying the collection box. In the end i would still have to get rid of the moss etc one way or the other so it doesnt really matter. I tried the AVR 1100 on a lower seeting to see what it would do and found it left a perfect bed for reseeding when all the moss is taken out, just sow the seed and rake over new grass comes through very fast with no bald patches. I did consider buying one of the sprung tine type machines but i am glad that i took the plunge and bought this one it will rake out moss etc on a high setting and also scarify on a low setting so its a good all round machine. Would be nice if bosch dropped the price a bit as its a bit more expensive than similar machines. My advice is to shop round for the best price as i found that some stores were asking upto 50 pounds more than i paid.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Satisfied,
This review is from: Bosch AVR 1100 Verticutter Lawnraker (Tools & Hardware)I read various reviews covering the Bosch AVR 1100 Verticutter Lawnraker and I am glad I did because it helped confirm my trust in Bosch technology, but more importantly stopped me from ploughing my lawn with my new purchase. Very easy to assemble and use, but I would certainly advocate starting with a high setting and only lowering it after you check the result on your lawn.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you must have a lawn !,
This review is from: Bosch AVR 1100 Verticutter Lawnraker (Tools & Hardware)This scarifier works fine and removes vast quantities of moss etc. It is better suited to smallish lawn areas but one can divide larger areas up into maneagable units. Electric cable is a bit of a nuisance but not a major defect. One needs to be careful in the "height" setting - better to start at a high setting and lower as required. I found I needed to resow with lawn seed and in some areas I had to use top dressing. I also had to hire a machine to aerate the soil before sowing. I did the work early September and the lawn has now (November)recovered to a large extent. However it may require some minor work next spring. My lawn is about 450 square yards but divided into four smaller areas. Lifting the debris is a problem. I made no attempt to collect in the box on the machine. I raked it up roughly with a hand rake and disposed of it. I then used my Hayter lawn mower to collect the rest. This has a much larger grass box and is petrol driven with a 20 inches cut and a 4HP Briggs and Stratten engine. It was all quite a major and time-consuming effort. Worth it - I think !
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfaction,
This review is from: Bosch AVR 1100 Verticutter Lawnraker (Tools & Hardware)Excellent machine and very user friendly. After only two weeks since treatment I am seeing very good results. It is very light and easy to transport.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good machine, does the job well,
This review is from: Bosch AVR 1100 Verticutter Lawnraker (Tools & Hardware)Arrived in good time and well packed. No problem with assembly that took about 15 mins. Used on an unkempt lawn of about 250 sq m. On 2nd setting where it was quite effective. Would not have wanted to use any deeper cut for a first attempt. Removed 2 full 1 tonne bags of moss and grass matt leaving a few bare patches on uneven ground along the way. Has shown up the fact that it will need at least one more session but will need to recover from this session before another is attempted. Used the collection box throughout which needed emptying very frequently but felt it was better for me than clearing up separately and was not a problem with the bag close at hand. Machine seems durable and in spite of the apparent more flimsy construction of the collection box it performed well and goes on and off the motor unit easily. Debated if I should have bought the smaller unit when I was considering the purchase however I am glad I spent the extra money on this one.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No more need for raking!,
This review is from: Bosch AVR 1100 Verticutter Lawnraker (Tools & Hardware)Just the job for a lawn of 400m2 and now dare the moss to try again! Good value at end of day.
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