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Plastic-tine rakes, or metal?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by The Lawn Boy Pro, Oct 5, 2003.

  1. The Lawn Boy Pro

    The Lawn Boy Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,217

    Kinda a dumb question I guess, but when you gotta use a rake, which do you like better? Personally, I like the jumbo plastic ones. Ya, the snap eventually, but them metal ones seem to always bend and snap and just font rake a whole lot to me.
  2. o-so-n-so

    o-so-n-so LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 1,218

    heavy duty metal tine rakes are my choice..
  3. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    i like the jumbo plastic ones, they just cover so much more area
  4. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,454

    I too like the large plastic ones. The metal ones always bend. Guess I'm kinda hard on 'em. Anyone have a favorite brand. I tried Crapsman last year because I knew I they'd replace them if they were junk. They replaced 3 for me (on 2 yards - and I don't rake much at all because I hate it). Finally I had them give me one of the smaller metal ones. Its ok but it keeps coming unscrewed - VERY frustrating. Any advice on a commercial quality brand???
  5. Ryan Lightning

    Ryan Lightning LawnSite Senior Member
    from CA
    Messages: 554

    I use a flex rake, the green one with the wide teeth, They get every leaf when raking out flower beds.
    It the norm to blow and rake the flower beds out monthly if not every week, in are area.
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    The big plastic ones work much better than the steel ones for Fall. They have a greater capacity, don't leave leaves behind as much, and don't dig and tear grass as much, either. I use the steel ones for Spring clean-up, like for digging matted leaves out of the corners, and such, and for gathering stuff like debris and edging fron cement areas, as the teeth don't wear down like the plastic ones do. Home Dept has the really nice Ames plastic rakes on sale right now. The 24" are like $6 something, and the big 30" ones are about ten bucks.
  7. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    I have a combination of metal broom rakes, hard tine rakes, and aluminum landscaper rakes
  8. lawncare3

    lawncare3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,981

    Plastic only. The metal have too mcuh give and are always loosing leaves. I go throught 5 crapsman plastic ones every toe weeks, so, I just keep bringhing them back.
  9. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

    I like metal tine rakes.
  10. lightninglawncare

    lightninglawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    i like the big plastic rakes

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