If you’ve seen a box blade chances are you’ve seen a type of scarifier, so what is a scarifier exactly? A scarifier is a basic tractor attachment that acts like a dethatcher / aerator when used on a lawn however when used in a garden or field they kind of act like a plow / tiller. In both cases the main goal is to dig up old roots, weeds, and to break up the soil to make it easier for air and water to seep in deeper.
Why Use A Scarifier
Why use a Scarifier? Well it sure beats doing it by hand but really if you want to get the job done right and in a timely manner then you need the right tools for the job. A scarifier is designed just for that purpose and it’s good at it. You wouldn’t use a tiller to level out your driveway would you? So when would you use a scarifier? When you need to tear up the soil or prepping a garden or area for seed.
Different Types of Scarifiers
There’s your basic scarifier which is just that but there are a few different attachments that are combo attachments such as the box blade. Most box blades use the front bar for shanks becoming a scarifier, Rippers and cultivators are also considered scarifiers. Even heavy duty landscape rakes can be used as scarifiers while they aren’t as effective as some of the others they might work for what you need depending on the circumstances.
Tractor Scarifiers are designed to do just that scarify. When shopping for a scarifier you want quality built and strong frame work. Make sure the shanks are slotted into the bar with strong support for the pins to keep them from falling out and adjustable. Below are a few choices for different types of scarifiers.
Land Shark Scarifier
While the Land Shark Scarifier isn’t cheap it’s one of the stronges on the market. Designed for tractors with a category 1 3 point hitch. This scarifier will loosen and renovate soil with ease. Four hole adjustable shanks with replaceable tips can help the longevity and end up saving you money down the road. The Land Shark Scarifier attachment also allows for a second implement such as a landscape rake to be attached behind it. This can save a lot of time doing 2 jobs with a single pass.
Impact Implements CAT-0 Scarifier
If you are on a tight budget and looking for something a bit smaller Impact Implements Scarifier might be an options for you. The shanks on this attachment are slotted behind the bar with welded on plates. This might cause problems down the road but again if you are going to use it for light work and are on a budge it’s an option.
Kolpin Chisel Plow / Scarifier
If you looking for something that’s for an ATV such as a 4-Wheeler, check out the Kolpin Chisel Plow / Scarifier. This is designed more for light work and I wouldn’t plan on digging to deep as it may damage or break. As for quality it’s great quality if used as intended. Keep in mind that the accessory tool bar and 3 point hitch system are not included.
Tractor Cultivators and Rippers
Cultivators also know as Rippers are more common than scarifiers because of the designs of the shanks. They are designed to have a spring action to help prevent bending and breaking.
King Kutter “C” Tine Cultivator
The King Kutter C Tine Cultivator by King Kutter is a great choice for a cultivator. The King Kutter C Tine Cultivator has adjustable row widths, a heavy duty angle frame, and reversible heat treated points. It’s heavy duty angled frame gives it more stability and strength. Another benefit is the price.
EA 110 Single Row Cultivator
Like the King Kutter C Tine Cultivator the EA 110 Single Row Cultivator v2.0 is another great choice. Perhaps a little better on the quality side and a bit higher on the price side as well. Crafted out of premium A572 Grade 50 lazer cut steel and quarter inch bracing. There’s no doubt this cultivator will shred some turf only problem is the waiting time for one to be built.
Brinly Sleeve Hitch Adjustable Tow Behind Cultivator
There’s also a tow behind cultivator by Brinly which is perfect for ATVs and lawnmowers. The Brinly Sleeve Hitch Adjustable Tow Behind Cuiltivator is just the right size and weight for a tow behind cultivator. Great for cultivating those small gardens and flower beds. Adjustable working widths from 18″ up to 40″. Includes a full 2 year warranty.
How To Cultivate Your Garden
Everything Attachments has a great video that explains how to cultivate your garden with a cultivator using their 110 Single Row Cultivator.
Lawn scarifiers also known as dethatchers, while it’s not exactly the same thing it’s close and sort of a much smaller scale scarifier for small lawns. The Greenworks 14 Inch Corded Dethatcher is one of the highest rated dethatchers in it’s category.
Stainless steel tines stay sharp longer for reliable performance, also includes a full set of replacement tines for a total of 18 tines. The tines have 3 position tine depth adjustment that provides greater control by removing matted layers which help lawn growth.