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★★★★★

“A beast of a scarifier”

Written on: 12/09/2017 by carolinesm33 (1 review written)

Im a professional gardener and i love this scarifier. I havent used the rake part of it but the blade just eats through moss and does such a quick job. You actually have to be careful that you are don't hit any paving as it would chip it. I managed to blunt the blade and so called B and Q customer service who gave me the no for the Mc Allister customer service. They are sending me a new blade free of charge. I was not expecting that. Was assuming i would pay for it… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“OK FOR A WHILE - ”

Written on: 27/04/2017

SORT OF WORKED- NEEDED NEW TINES - BUT B AND Q NOT HONOURED AFTER SALES - NO SPARE PARTS AVAILABLE - UNETHICAL SALE… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“for a SMALL lawn only”

Written on: 26/04/2017 by Noel308 (1 review written)

I have had this scarifier for about 2 years, during this time I have found and resolved several issues...I think these are the important points good and bad. 1. Easy to assemble, long cord, easy to adjust height of rake... 2. The lawn MUST MUST MUST be cut with a mower on its lowest setting PRIOR to use.. 3. Put the raker on its highest setting, 4. DO NOT connect the grass box, it fills up in seconds and jams the machine so that it overheats, if it does overheat it will stop, let it cool… Read Full Review

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“this must be the worst thing i have ever had from...”

Written on: 24/04/2017 by Clark283 (1 review written)

this must be the worst thing i have ever had from b&q.total junk grass box doesent fill racker tynes just brake off and b&q say we dont do this model now so no parts, total rip off for a £100… Read Full Review

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“waste of money. very short lifespan”

Written on: 19/04/2017 by terryfuckwit (1 review written)

Motor siezed after overheating on 3rd season. First season fine, 2nd season it started overheating and thermal cutout activated. Cleaned all ventilation slots. 3rd season had 10 minutes running and it siezed completely. Thhis company makes cheap stuff that really doesn't last. The collector box is useless and fills in about 5 seconds. Overall, a bad buy… Read Full Review

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“what guarantee ?”

Written on: 08/04/2017 by Eleanorz490 (1 review written)

This scarifier has a 2 year warranty. Which means it will rake your lawn 2 or3 times before it requires some serious work on it. I don't think anyone will repair this and I am not very confident myself although I was a plant fitter. I will be surprised if parts are available DO NOT BUY THIS MODEL… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Where to obtain spares”

Written on: 02/10/2016 by Jordyn313 (1 review written)

The unit lasted 2 years and 3 months but hard to find spares it seemed not rugged enough for the work… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“Front wheel fell off after second use”

Written on: 15/09/2016 by Thornton252 (1 review written)

Very unhappy to report that the wheel fell off ive lost the griping clip so it just rolls off poor quallity if this happens all the time… Read Full Review

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Marknortonsomerset's Comment

Written on: 06/10/2016

Same here. Used once last year, went to use it again this morning and both wheels are dropping off. I can hear the clips inside the wheels and need to work out how to get to them. This is our second unit - the first unit's motor burned out half way through our rear lawn the day after delivery and B&Q had to issue a replacement.

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★★★☆☆

“Ten minutes - wheel fell off!!!!”

Written on: 16/08/2016 by rarelycomplainsbut (1 review written)

Took longer to assemble the item than its actual useage. After ten minutes of lawnraking - on a newly (short) cut lawn a real wheel fell off! Lawnraking over that ten minutes was vigorous - tho collection not brilliant. In fairness the store did refund the price paid - not willing to try a replacement - far too flimsy… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Does the job but the Raker Tines wear out too quickly”

Written on: 21/06/2016

I have only used the raker attachment. Having used it 6 times over 2 years 10 of the 24 Tines have snapped off. Replacements are expensive at £23 for all 24 Tines from one supplier who seems to have cornered the market for this machine, so no competition on price. Instead of paying this exhorbitant price, I will start using the scarifier attachment on the top (No 1) setting and see how I get on. I would not buy this MacAllister Scarifier again and I would not recommend it to anyone because… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Rubbish product ”

Written on: 06/06/2016 by Jimewen (1 review written)

Used this product 4 times and in that time the"rake" tines have all detached,the scarifier blade's worn down and the drive shaft come out the side of the plastic housing! On closer inspection the drive shaft enclosure is made of plastic which shows how poorly this product is designed. Apart from that the collection bag is of no use and does not pick up any moss.A very poor quality product which should be removed sale in my opinion… Read Full Review

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“used 3 times and motor has burnt out”

Written on: 05/05/2016 by Lorenaj1956 (1 review written)

The lawn rake and scarifier worked OK for a small garden. The grass/moss collection is next to useless. Its 1 year old and used 3 times and the motor has burnt out without any obvious cause beyond it being a poor quality product… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Would never buy another. Rubbish”

Written on: 21/03/2016 by Billwood68 (1 review written)

My McAllister 1400 has been used a maximum of 6 times. Only 1 "rake" attachment remaining. This item is just so disappointing. I would be embarrassed to loan out to a neighbour. Collection box is a ludicrous design. Where can I buy spare parts from?… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“MacAllister combi lawn raker scarifier”

Written on: 18/06/2015 by tzMorrow483 (1 review written)

This product is made specially for B&Q. Assembly was quite straightforward although fitting the grass bag over the frame was slightly difficult. The first problem arose when trying to attach the grass bag to the unit which is very awkward. However, the real problem was that when using the rake rather than the scarifier, only around half of the raked up material (mostly dead moss) was collected in the grass box. The rest was left in a series of untidy piles on the lawn. I only used it once… Read Full Review

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Lisawaugh's Comment

Written on: 22/04/2016

You get what you pay for though, my lawnmower doesn't collect all the grass it cuts, doesn't mean it's not good at cutting grass though.. And the fact that your lawn was covered in small lumps of dead moss kind of tells us that it did what it was supposed to and if I worked there I'd tell you to chase yourself for a full refund.. Lol just sayin.

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★★☆☆☆

“Cheap tat”

Written on: 18/06/2015

Rakes the moss ok, (so far) but just won't collect the detritus. At age 66 I can't be faffing about with a hand rake and plastic bags so I have to get my mower out, raise the wheels and use it as a vacuum cleaner. The macallister collection box is, to my mind, about 10% efficient and my lawn mower collection box about 95% efficient. I can't be Ar$ed to unmantle and rebox it and take it back to B&Q so have accepted that it is a poor buy. Fortunately, now that I have thrown the collecting box in… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Waste of money”

Written on: 26/04/2015 by AllMar (1 review written)

Very poor product. Bought last year used one and used this month again - all the wire tangs totally trashed. Very poor collector bag arrangement. Certainly not worth the money. Poor design and poor performance and NO service or repair back up from B&Q… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“stopped working on second use.”

Written on: 21/04/2015 by 25Glass (1 review written)

The machine looked good value and did the job but mine stopped working the second time I used it. Maybe I was unlucky, but I asked for a refund. B&Q were happy to refund the money… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Mr JP”

Written on: 20/04/2015 by vrWoods429 (1 review written)

The bag is difficult to put on, it only fills about a third. It rips up to much of the lawn. I wish I had sent it back. Perhaps I would sell it on a car boot sale for less than £1.0… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“No spare parts”

Written on: 02/10/2014

The scarifier worked well however as expected the spring tines for the lawn rake wore out. To be expected over a period. However when I tried to get replacement tines I was told that no spares were available. I contacted B and Q and was told they were not obliged to carry or supply spares. That being the case for a machine that is just over two years old. I asked what would have happened if it had been within the guarantee period but did not receive an answer. Shocking policy by B and Q. If… Read Full Review

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Alan23's Comment

Written on: 22/06/2015

I Have the same problem the rake drum the tines are all broken off, I rang the B&Q help line they told me to ring back in two weeks as they had none in stock and it seemed that they did not communicate with their warehouse as to when new stock would be available, i had e mailed them a week previous to this call and they have not yet replied. The girl I was speaking to gave me a number of an other company who may have supplies but would charge for replacement, she said that B & Q would not charge for the replacement drum. It is still poor service especially as the machine is only 2 years old.

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★★★☆☆

“Useless Collection Bag”

Written on: 29/09/2014 by Daniel290 (1 review written)

I can't complain on the effect the machine has in raking and scarifying the rubbish out of my lawns, such that I filled a garden waste bin in a very short time; if you've got a large area be prepared to bag it. The majority of the rubbish is left on the lawn which I had to hand-rake, pick up by hand, then finish off with my lawnmower to, in effect, vacuum the unsightly mess left behind. The machine definitely does what it's supposed to, and it's definitely better than hand-raking and the size of… Read Full Review

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