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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by RICHIE K, Oct 29, 2004.
WHATS YOUR FAVORITE RAKE PLASTIC OR METAL ?
Metal when pushed by my Toro.
Plastic all the way.
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.
Metal with spring type support on the back. Plastic gets stiff when cold, and does not contour to the ground very well.
30 inch Poly with a 48 inch metal handle
Metal spring type.
plastic craftsman...when they break (or you break them) just take 'em back and get a new one!
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.
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..