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10-29-2004, 07:58 AM


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10-29-2004, 08:34 AM
Metal when pushed by my Toro.

10-29-2004, 10:35 AM
Plastic all the way.

desert rose gardening
10-29-2004, 10:58 AM
I like them both, plastic rakes are bigger so we can the get it over faster, but the claws get ground down fast so they don't work any more. With metal you can't rake as wide as plastic but it will be in your truck many more years.

10-29-2004, 11:03 AM
Metal with spring type support on the back. Plastic gets stiff when cold, and does not contour to the ground very well.

PR Fect
10-29-2004, 12:44 PM
30 inch Poly with a 48 inch metal handle

10-29-2004, 12:53 PM
Metal spring type.

10-29-2004, 01:02 PM
plastic craftsman...when they break (or you break them) just take 'em back and get a new one!

10-29-2004, 01:22 PM
That's the great thing about the craftsman rakes. I think they replace them when you wear out the tines, too. I like the Ames 30" rakes. Union has ones like this also, that are a little stiffer. I have my own rake handles, though. Theu are longer, and made out of Ash. It is amazing how much help it is for leverage and for reaching when you're gather the stuff up onto tarps. I prefer the steel tines for much of the spring cleanup, because much of the stuff tends to be matted down into the ground from the winter's snow, and the steel tines just dig a little better. The plastic ones get used also, though. I ALWAYS use a steel tined for moving things on hard surfaces (pavement and cement) like when we do our initial edging. Also, when shopping for a steel tined rake, look for the ones that have the contiuous tines that are flat and sort of loop around at the base (top). The other kind are the ones that the tines are all seperate and pinched together at the base. The problem with these, are that they loosen up and eventually a tine will fall out. Once you lose one, that's it because the other tines will just slide out from the gap.

10-29-2004, 03:10 PM
plastic craftsman...when they break (or you break them) just take 'em back and get a new one!

You'd be amazed how many leaves you can push with those rakes upside down on the turf or hard surface. We don't rake too much, but that's what we use when we do. $ 13.99 each, and we have new replacements each spring..

10-29-2004, 03:41 PM
Hi Guys, can you do a fall cleanup after rain? The ground is not soaked, but the leaves are wet. How will it effect the mower (exmark) and the UltraVac?

Will i be able to blow the leaves with my RedMax?

Rain the fall puts a damper on the fall cleanup.



Liberty Lawncare
10-29-2004, 04:37 PM
For fall leaf cleanup I like the plastic ames 30 in but the metal ones are best for cleaning in gardens.

10-29-2004, 05:19 PM
Rake...what the hell is a rake? Favorite one is the one I never have to use btw.

10-29-2004, 05:38 PM
My hand doesn't fit a rake!!LOL thank god for blowers!

green with envy
10-29-2004, 05:43 PM
I like steel. have broken too may plastic ones.

My favorite type is the type that is in one my helpers hands !! :p


10-29-2004, 06:07 PM
BAMBO rakes are good for thatch, but plastic are good for leaves.

10-29-2004, 06:11 PM


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A WHAT?? :dizzy:

10-29-2004, 06:35 PM
Metal spring type....Use em for mulch except upside down.... Had the same two for 4 years few tines have broken off...
Only use em for leaves when loading piles onto tarps or pushing a pile towards the leaf loader hose... otherwise useless with the new big bp blowers!

10-29-2004, 06:41 PM
I also use both a small plastic rake for tight areas and a metal expandable rake for bigger areas, combined with my backpack blower. Raking is a pain no matter what you use, but sometimes is a necessary evil, IMHO.

11-09-2004, 09:53 PM
My rake is 6' wide with a wood backboard. If you look close you will see the rake at the bottom. The Steiner has hydraulic lift, 4x4 and will go anywhere I have the nerve to drive it. The Peco on the back I bought at an auction for Can$400. I made the brackets to mount it to this machine, it's a spare backup unit.

11-09-2004, 09:55 PM
Plastic def.

AL Inc
11-09-2004, 10:22 PM
I like the metal spring rakes. I used to use Craftsman but I couldn't always get the metal rakes and plastic or bamboo rakes just never lasted for me. I picked up a case of rakes from Lesco this spring, I beleive they are the best I have had. They are Ames, and have a yellow fiberglass handle. So far, we have only destroyed one, which was run over by the Stander. I like the yellow handle, they don't get left behind as much.

11-11-2004, 05:21 PM
Depends on what you are using it for. Leaves, plastic seems to work best. Anything else, metal.

Freshcut Lawn Care
11-11-2004, 08:59 PM
Crazy rake Cantoo!!!! :cool:

We use both, but generally the plastic ones are wider, so we use them more often.

The smaller metal rakes come in handy around tight shrubs, however!

If we can do the job by blowing, then that's what we do first.


Lux Lawn
11-11-2004, 09:19 PM
Sears craftsman by far.Started using them a couple of years ago and didn't think they would make that much of a differnce or hold up any longer but boy was I wrong.

11-11-2004, 09:21 PM
Plastic rakes are much better.. especially the clog free ones, metal tines forget it! garbage