“ Brand: Black & Decker „
Do you trust garlicpress or does she trust you? And you think that's nice? Well then, you better read on and let me open your eyes! Right, I am garlicpress' rake. Yes, exactly! The one she just ONE opinion ago raved about. Even put me in the title! Couldn't stop going on about how much time we spend together and what a brilliant job I do for her. Some would call this real friendship. Going out together, no matter what the weather, rake and rake and go back to my hook in the garage in the evening with the satisfaction of a job well done. That was my life, hard but full of joy. That was my life until yesterday! That horrible day, when the garlicpress left early in a hire car. With her gone, I decided to enjoy a lazy morning and mentally prepared for the afternoon magnolia tour. But imagine the shock. The Press comes back, opens the garage door and leaves a cardboard box, right underneath my nose. And what do I read on the box? Black and Decker, GD200 Electric Lawnraker - 400W motor 2350 rpm - cutting width 30cms - 3 level hight adjustment - 30 l box - metal tines I can't believe my eyes but there's still hope. Maybe this is just a gift to one of garlic's friends? But no, there she is already with a screwdriver and immediately unwraps the thing. I have to admit that I now hope that this thing will break her back, but again, to no avail. Without a problem she lifts this enemy-of-mine out of its box - well, at only 7 kg that's no real feat, is it? It also looks like assembling the stuff is kid's play and it takes only a few minutes. Reading the user's manual, the garlicpress is now mumbling to herself: "level 3: surface raking, e.g. for leaves, level 2: raking up grass cuttings, level 1: scratching, moss removal." She reaches down and without effort turns the little wheels until they both snap into position 1. Swiftly the extension cable is unrolled, plugge
d in and off they go together, as if they'd known each other for a very long time, indeed. To start the raker, a little lever has to be pulled to the left; a security measure, obviously. This way, the traitor can't turn itself on, should it ever fall on the power lever. Not bad actually, it will also prevent the kindergarden kids next door from turning it on. I mean, the garlicpress never leaves any garden tools out when she's not around to supervise, but anyway. And thus they wander up and down, rake basket forward and the press behind, slowly but steadily. And would you know it, it's only the raker that needs to do any work - all that garlic is required to do is keeping the power lever pressed and avoid the cable. Some job that is! The tines in the raker are rotating like mad, but unfortunately, there is hardly any noise. These complaints by the neighbours I've been hoping for, will not happen, I'm afraid. Moss, dead grass, ground up dry worm casts, even small stones and twigs are propelled up and drop into the basket. Quite clever, really. All I could ever do was rake the stuff together into little heaps that then had to be picked up. After just a few lengths, the garlicpress is emptying the basket - it's unbelievable how much moss and dead grass has piled up. And back and forth they go; because it's the first proper moss removal after two years, they rake the lawn lengthwise and across. The lawn looks a little raw, but much less so that when a verticutor is used. At the end, the miserable traitor is even cleaned - something that hardly ever happened to me. Again, it seems quite easy apart from scratching off the soil dust from the individual tines. Hmm, serves her right! Evening is coming; Honey arrives home and discovers the new kid on the block. "What is that now?" he shouts out and immediately adds "And how much did this cost?" HAH! That will get her! <
br> "Oh, I only paid about SFr. 180(which is £ 75)," the garlicpress says in a sugar-sweet voice. "and just look at the lawn!" Honey is not impressed but garlicpress doesn't let up. "First thing tomorrow morning I'll put some feed out and re-seed the bare patches. You know, with all the dead stuff gone, the grass will be growing much better now as light, air and nutrients can get to the soil!" Of course he falls for it, kisses her and off they go into the house; and I, I am here, all alone in the garage, not needed any longer, useless... Ps. This morning I have been given to the kids next door. They are VERY happy and I get to be a rake horse and to build motorways and gardens in the sandpit and have lots of fun! And that's something the new guy will never be able to!
Having quite an expanse of lawn, raking all the moss out of it by hand would be an enormous task & to be honest, one that would never get started. I decided that my lawns would never get better if I didn't remove all that spongy moss & invested in a Black & Decker mosseater to get the task done as quickly & easy as possible. The amount of moss it removed was just unbelievable!. The collecting box was full half-way up the lawn but by using the clever compactor the capacity is virtually doubled. I'm not fanatical about my lawn but, it was a mess & the moss was killing the grass. The B & D raker is height adjustable, very lightweight & very efficient. My raker has worked very hard without me having to & the results have been worth it. At £70 its not cheap, but it does have a 3 year guarantee. All the B & D products i've ever owned have been very reliable & have lasted in excess of 10 years without any TLC. Before you buy one just think about where you'll put all the moss!.
Aims to remove moss, rake, sweep and collect debris for year-round lawn maintenance