John Deere D45C Scarifier

Its details are tucked away in the back of the company's catalogue and the machine itself is so compact that you could be excused for thinking it was a domestic machine. But this scarifier is definitely worthy of a closer look.

Typical of JD’s equipment, the D45C is constructed and finished to a professional standard and does a professional job. It is a push machine with no collection facility, but the 5.5hp engine packs a punch for aggressive dethatching of lawns. There are 19 individual cutting blades to comb up the thatch. They are quickly set by central, step-less depth adjustment.
We fuel up the machine. Starting is simple — “pull and go”. Operation is as simple as starting. There is just one lever, which engages the drive to the reel. Clouds of thatch are brought to the surface. Now we know why no collector is supplied with this machine — it would be full in seconds.
“This is so simple and easy to use, yet it does the job,” says our tester. “You can quickly adjust it to scarify as little or as much as you want. When it’s set deep, it really cuts the thatch out of the sward.”
Weighing 44kg and with folding handles, the D45C can be picked up by the user and transported in the boot of a car.

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