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Brinly Detatcher Modification

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I recently ordered a Brinly-Hardy 48in dethatcher from Home Depot on-line; $99 with free shipping. It is designed to be a tow behind, but I really wanted a 3-point hitch dethatcher so I can back into some tight places in the yard, but they are way too expensive. So I put it all together, leaving off the tow bar parts:



Then I fired up my little welder and cut-off saw, and built a receiver hitch mount with some square tubing and flat iron:




Once I got it all painted and put together, I mounted it to my heavy hitch and voilà ("wallah" if you live in the sticks) -- instant 3-point hitch dethatcher:







It really works great! :fing32:
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Roy, Nice job on the mod. Looks great. :trink39::trink39:
According to Roy from the 1st post "It really works great! :fing32:" so I'm thinking it works quite well.

Very nice Roy. :thanku:for sharing the modification!:thThumbsU
How well does it work?
Hmmm... I am thinking a similar mod might be in my future for a front mount if I can't find a used one in the near future.
Very good job Roy. :thThumbsU

Here was my crude way of achieving the same objective the past year.

Roy, another nice mod to an attachment to make it work better for you!
Nice work !! Other peoples fabrication gets me inspired. But it ends there, my wife bought me a really nice Hobart 140 handler welder. I just need to learn how to weld now.
Very nice! I like it. :fing02:
Nice and simple but very functional.. Nice work.. looks great..
Hey, it works! A man gotta do what a man gotta do with what he has to work with. I love this pic! One question? How come you didn’t use ducktape and bailing wire? :sidelaugh
. . . Here was my crude way of achieving the same objective the past year.

Wow Roy, that's nice. I own the same Brinly dethatcher and would love to do that. Yet another reason to buy myself a welder.
You know your post got me thinking how I could do the same thing as you but with the sleeve hitch. Hayes, Johnny Products and others make a receiver adapter for the sleeve hitch. There could be one of those in my future. :thThumbsU
Hey, it works! A man gotta do what a man gotta do with what he has to work with. I love this pic! One question? How come you didn’t use ducktape and bailing wire? :sidelaugh
Very nice Roy:fing32:,
I'm curious though; since you were doing the mod, why didn't you just make it a true 3pt mod and connect it directly to the 3pt hitch bypassing the bulk of the heavy hitch all together?

I plan to do just that with my Brinley dethatcher, aerator and other 'toys' come spring (stay tuned). I'm hoping to make them Quick Hitch compatible.
Because then I would have to take the HeavyHitch off of my tractor to dethatch. :fing32:

I used the HeavyHitch for so many things, and I am in and out of my FEL so often that the HH stays connected to the tractor except for the couple of times a year when I am tilling and bedding.
Very nice Roy:fing32:,
I'm curious though; since you were doing the mod, why didn't you just make it a true 3pt mod and connect it directly to the 3pt hitch bypassing the bulk of the heavy hitch all together?
Wow, looks good!!! Big Greene just keeps finding more and more things to do around the house...
Weight is needed for the dethatcher, so the heavy hitch has an added benefit.
Very nice Roy:fing32:,
I'm curious though; since you were doing the mod, why didn't you just make it a true 3pt mod and connect it directly to the 3pt hitch bypassing the bulk of the heavy hitch all together?

I plan to do just that with my Brinley dethatcher, aerator and other 'toys' come spring (stay tuned). I'm hoping to make them Quick Hitch compatible.
I took a lawn sweeper and converted it to a 3-point hitch. It worked great. You could back it up in the lifted position and dump where you wanted it. Never took a picture of though.
Well, maybe you should get us a Pic so we can see how to do it! :fing32:

I have a 50in Ohio Steel lawn sweeper that I want to do that too.
I took a lawn sweeper and converted it to a 3-point hitch. It worked great. You could back it up in the lifted position and dump where you wanted it. Never took a picture of though.
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