Why do you need a Stone Rake?
By raking stones, you can not only collect small stones from a plot, but also break large lumps of dirt or remove the remains of roots from the soil.
Racking stones can be an effective tool for removing stones because their tines act like sieves. The tines pass through smooth soil with small particles, but they catch large stones that need to be removed.
Where to start
- Till the soil with a rotary cultivator cutter to the desired depth.
- Distribute the cultivated soil into a uniform layer no deeper than the height of the curved part of the rake tines, allowing the implement to break through to the bottom of the soil layer in one pass and accelerate the work.
- Pull the heavy iron rake through the soil; the tines will sift the soil, capturing large stones.
- Pull the stones aside and repeat pulling the rakes in parallel lines through the soil until you pull out the stones.
How to choose the right rake: tips and practical recommendations
When choosing a rock rake, you should consider the functionality, convenience and durability of the rake.
Here are the main criteria for choosing a quality rake:
- The material of manufacture largely determines the weight and strength of the rake.
- Metal rake is indispensable for soil cultivation, and plastic and wooden rake is more effective in cleaning dry leaves and grass.
- If it is planned that the rake will be used by more than one person, it is necessary to give preference to models with a sliding handle – it will allow to adjust the length of the cut.
- The strongest rakes for stones are made of steel.
- The choice of width depends on the area of the garden area and the distance between plants.
- The stone rake is made with rare teeth for larger stones.
- The cutter should be firmly attached to the working part of the rake. The material of the cuttings determines to a great extent the weight of the rake.
- The handle should be comfortable, not too thin and not too thick. Optimal width – about 3 mm.
If you are going to loosen the ground and remove the stones, you will need a not very wide steel rake with very hard straight teeth. And if the ground is very hard and the lumps after digging are very large, you will need an all-metal rake with teeth deployed parallel to the handle. These tines are much easier to cut into the ground, removing plant roots, loosening the ground and breaking up lumps.