I loved using this tool, it was addictive actually. Not the sturdiest, but it was well worth the price. Before use, make sure your lawn passes the screwdriver test. If you cannot easily insert it into the ground where the tool will be used, then you should first water the area and let it soften. Extraction should not require a lot of force. My lawn was infested with weed because it was a foreclosure that was unkept for many years. A 350k house was bought for 98k, so you can imagine the weed situation was very bad. I filled a ~35gal trash can and more to go. Don't go crazy trying to get the little itty bitty ones, that you can kill with weed and feed. I did this in preparation for dethatching, top dresssing and weed/feeding. Good luck!