I’ve been testing the Garant Dandelion Weed Tool this spring (2012) and unfortunately, I can’t recommend it to you.
The video will show you the hassle this tool provides in finding the dandelions, getting them centered on the tool and then removing them from the tool. It takes forever to get a few simple dandelions!
My sense of this is my grandfather’s tool works significantly better (see link below) than the Garant.
The difficulty with getting all the roots with this machine is compounded by doing it in turf where it is much more difficult to get the soil plug/root out of the twisted tines. The propeller mechanism doesn’t slide easily at the best of times and frankly, this was a problem I couldn’t fix with lubricant. (tried that)
This kind of mechanical tool is similar to others I’ve trialed in that I wouldn’t use them on a regular basis. It’s just too much hassle. The Fiskars one I tried was slightly better but it broke after 20 minutes of pulling and that video is still around my files somewhere (it broke on camera) 😉 So save your money.
If you need a tool, pick up something that resembles my grandfather’s weed spud – you’ll be glad you did in the long run.