The Top 5 Rakes for Your Fall Landscaping Chores
Now that it’s November, you are probably deciding on how to get rid of leaves in your yard. If you have decided to use a rake to remove them, this is the guide you will need.
Here are our absolute favorite rakes of 2018, we have picked out six products that will make your yard look absolutely incredible.
1. Fiskars 8-Inch Shrub Rake
The first of our favorite rakes of the year is the Fiskars 8-Inch Shrub Rake. This awesome tool allows you to easily work around obstacles in your yard and garden like trees, shrubs, and rocks, while also getting rid of all the fallen leaves.
This rake is extremely lightweight, easy to hold, and also incredibly durable. The handle is made of aluminum, and is longer than most other rakes at 58 inches long (typically they are around 54 inches). This rake has strong plastic tines that are also gentle enough to brush around delicate shrubs and plants.
One aspect to note is that leaving the rake out in the sun may cause the plastic tines to bend.
The product also comes with a lifetime warranty, and will only cost you $17.00.
2. Razor-Back 24-Tine Steel Rake
If you are looking for a great product that works for any landscaping chore or project, the Razor-Back 24-Tine Steel Rake is a fantastic choice.
This rake has 24 small steel tines that are wonderfully durable and constructed well. The handle on the product is made of fiberglass, making it sturdy but lightweight. You also get a cushioned hand grip that makes this rake easy and comfortable to hold.
This rake also has a spring mechanism in the rake head center that controls your recoil to ensure a smooth pulling action.
Like we stated before, this rake is ideal for a multitude of different yard chores. In addition to being absolutely perfect for getting rid of fallen leaves, this rake is sturdy enough to remove thatch, rocks, twigs, and gravel from any part of your backyard.
You can purchase the Razor-Back 24-Tine Steel Rake online for $16.00.
3. Ames 16-Tine Welded Bow Rake
Next up we have the Ames 16-Tine Welded Bow Rake. This is an extremely affordable rake that is known for being perfect for cleaning up your lawn and garden.
This all-purpose product has 22 separate steel tines fanning out over a width of 22 inches. The handle is the standard 54 inches and is made of solid wood. While this doesn’t make it quite as lightweight as some of the other options made of fiberglass, it is comfortable to hold and really strong.
On top of the rake’s affordable price, you also get a 15 year long warranty when you purchase one.
This rake is multipurpose, but it may not be best suited for huge tasks like removing dense rocks or tilling soil. You are better off using this for lighter tasks such as removing leaves from your yard.
You can purchase this rake online for $13.00.
4. Gardenite Adjustable Garden Leaf Rake
Our penultimate choice for one of the best rakes of the year is the Gardenite Adjustable Garden Leaf Rake. We especially like this option because it is an expandable rake that works well for any job, small or large.
This rake has 15 metal tines that will expand up to 22 inches wide, as well as contract down to 7 inches wide. Whether you are raking out slim spaces or using this rake to clean up the whole yard, this product can do the job for you.
The handle of the rake has a slide and lock mechanism on the handle that you can use to adjust the width of the rake. Customer reviews online state that once you have adjusted the product, it stays in place well.
Do keep in mind however, that the rake handle will become shorter when you adjust it for the smallest rake head size. The handle offers up to 63 inches in length, so having it shortened slightly won’t make it uncomfortable to use.
This handle is very lightweight – it is made of steel and plated with zinc to avoid any rust. The total rake weighs 2.2 pounds, making it perfect for hours of work without tiring out your arms.
You can purchase this rake online for $30.00.
5. Bully Tools 12-Gauge Bow Rake
Last but not least, we have the Bully Tools 12-Gauge Bow Rake. This product is extremely strong and ideal for raking gravel and larger stones.
The rake is made out of commercial grade 12-gauge steel that is extremely durable and strong.It has 16 tines that are welded to a steel wrap, which are riveted to a handle made of fiberglass.
This product is not for people who want something lightweight, between the fiberglass handle and steel head, this rake does weigh considerably more than the other options on our list.
You also get a lifetime limited warranty from the company who makes the product, Bully Tools.
This rake can be purchased online for $36.00.
Our Final Thoughts on the Best Rakes of the Year
We hope you found our guide to buying a rake in 2018 helpful. If you do have additional questions about equipment for landscaping or with extra assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us!
Which rake on the list are you the most excited to try out?