Ten top scarifiers to clean out the moss and dead grass of winter

So you’ve just given the lawn its first trim and found dead grass and mossy patches which need removing.
A modern scarifier can do wonders, teasing it out of the lawn to let light and moisture through to the roots to allow new growth to flourish.
There a dozens to choose from but here we list ten top machines across all price ranges to consider.
But please see our website for the complete range and don’t forget you can always phone our team on 08454 588905 if you need further help.

Flymo lawnrake
Flymo lawnrake

Flymo are a British favourite and this 750 W machine has sprung tines which will remove the thatching and moss.
The Flymo Compact 3400 Electric Lawnraker is a perfect answer for a smaller lawn and comes with 12 metre cable.
Very light and very easy to use it has six working heights from -5 to 8 mm.
It has a 34 litre compacting collector which reduces the time spent empying out the rubbish. And this has a useful window so you can see how full it is and avoid leaving dead grasses on the lawn behind it.
This machine costs £99.95, has free next working day delivery and a one year manufacturer’s guarantee.

Wolf Power: The Select VS302E Electric Scarifier
Wolf Power: The Select VS302E Electric Scarifier

The next machine is the WOLF-Garten Select VS302E Electric Scarifier which is powered by a 1200W motor.
Wolf-Garten is a German company which has a long history of manufacturing excellent machinery and this scarifier has five separate working heights controlled by a central lever.
The machine has a fixed blade scarifying cassette which has 10 double blades and a 30 cm working width, it is light and easy to use and has fold down handles for easy storage.
This scarifier is priced at £129.00 compared with the manufacturer’s recommended price of £134.99.

Bosch AVR Scarifier
Bosch AVR Scarifier

Another manufacturer with a reputation for top quality products is Bosch and their AVR 1100 Electric Verticutter is another electrically powered model you should consider for the smaller lawn.
It has a 32 cm rotating drum with 14 blades to gouge out moss and dead grass.
This machine has a very efficient collection system to force all the mosses and grass into a 50 litre collector.
A 1100 W Powerdrive motor is engineered to work through even the toughest conditions and there are four operating heights from 5mm to – 10 mm.
Handles fold down for storage and the collection box is similarly designed to take little space when not in use.
The machine costs £159.95, delivery is free the next working day and there is a two-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Alko lawn scarifier
Alko lawn scarifier

A yet more powerful machine is the Al-Ko 38VLE ‘Comfort’ Electric Aerator / Scarifier on sale for £169
This model is really two machines in one, as it has 14 hard steel blades for aeration and a 37 cm scarifying rake with 27 sprung steel tines for scarifying.
There are five working depths which are easily selected with one touch.
The collection box has a capacity of 55 litres and there is a 12 metre cable.
Delivery is free the next working day and there is a free two year manufacturer’s warranty.
Now we move on to petrol scarifiers, made to tackle larger areas and tougher problems. They also have the advantage that you can take them anywhere without worrying about the power supply.

Einhell GE-SA scarifier
Perfect lawns: Einhell GE-SA 1335P scarifier/aerator

The Einhell GC-SC 2240P Petrol Lawn Scarifier (Special Offer) a very popular German engineered machine on a special offer at £279.95, a fully £200 off the manufacturer’s recommended retail price.
It has 18 double sided scarifying blades powered by a 118 cc easy to start engine. There is a 45 litre catcher with this machine.
There are six cutting heights and the machine has a 40 cm working width. Large wheels make it easy manoeuvre and fold-down handles mean it will fit in the boot of a car.
There is free next working day delivery and a two year manufacturer’s guarantee.

Alko scarifier
Alko scarifier

Another machine from Al-Ko features the same combination of scarifier and aerator .
The Al-Ko 38VLB Combi Petrol Scarifier / Aerator has a powerful petrol engine and yet is still surprisingly lightweight.
The aerator has 14 steel blades while the scarifying cassette uses 14 spring tines. The machine has a working width of 37 cm.
There are five working heights controlled by a simple dial and there is a 55 litre collector.
The Al-Ko has free next working day delivery and a two year manufacturer’s warranty.
The Mowdirect price is £339.

Tough worker: Efco ag40-50as semi-professional scarifier
Tough worker: Efco ag40-50as semi-professional scarifier

Another petrol powered model is the Efco AG40-S50 Semi-Professional Petrol Lawn Scarifier which is on special offer for £659, an amazing £170 off the manufacturer’s recommended price.
It has a working width of 40 cm and is ideal for areas up to 1000 sq metres.
Very solidly built it has a reliable Briggs & Stratton engine to power the 15 scarifying blades.
The working depth is controlled via a single lever on the handlebar. It has a a large debris collection bag.
Free next working day delivery and a three year manufacturer’s warranty.

Strong: Eliet scarifier
Strong: Eliet scarifier

If you have a larger lawn to prepare for the summer then the Eliet E401 ECO Petrol Scarifier (Briggs & Stratton Engine) could well be what you are looking for.
It has a 40 cm working width and 14 steel scarifying knives powered by a Briggs & Stratton easy-to-start engine.
All steel construction adds to the durability and there is a tough belt drive and sealed bearings on the blade shaft to prolong life.
Height adjustments are variable as there is an adjustment wheel with 2 positions.
The machine costs £799.00 and there is free next working day delivery and a two year manufacturer’s warranty.

Weibang scarifier
Weibang scarifier

And the last on our list is a real professional heavy duty machine from Chinese company Weibang.
Their WB487CRB Professional Scarifier has 16 steel tipped scarifying blades powered by a 6.5 hp Briggs & Stratton engine.
It has a working width of 47 cm and can work as deep as 7 cm. The blades can be disengaged while crossing paths and drives.
This machine has been designed for professional use with ball bearing wheels and a powder coated chassis for a long life.
The scarifier costs ££799.
There is a one year professional and domestic warranty and free next working day delivery.

This blog updated June 2016

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Dick Roberts

Norfolk journalist and countryman, now retired from daily newspaper life but still commentating and writing. Keen gardener, when dodgy back allows, and devout researcher of local ales and French wines. Married with two children who have flown the nest, but return regularly to empty the fridge. Living in listed country cottage which gets more expensive by the year to maintain. Retired but still writing regular columns and pieces for web sites.