Common Types of Rakes
- raking of fallen leaves, debris;
- loosening beds;
- soil tillage;
- breaking down the lumps of land that have remained after the digging of the plot;
- extracting the remaining plant roots from the ground.
- Low cost;
- Ease of repair;
- Ease of use.
The standard width of the fan rake is 50 cm (adjustment allows narrowing down to 30 cm), the height of the handle is 130 cm. Longer handles (up to 180 cm) are available, which can be attached to the working base – this option is suitable for tall people. As an alternative, you can buy a fan rake with a telescopic handle, the length of which can be changed by yourself.
Lawn rakes are not suitable for soil cultivation. It is mainly used for the following garden works:
- small debris removal (it is convenient to use plastic rakes, as their tines are more elastic – this allows you to clean uneven surfaces faster);
- raking out leaves, including from under bushes;
- scrubbing the lawn before mowing it;
- shallow aeration of the lawn;
- thinning the lawn (metal fan rakes can do this work).
To ensure that the cleaning equipment meets the requirements of convenience and practicality, the following criteria are used in its selection:
- the nature of the area (overgrown garden, garden, park);
- type of garbage (fallen leaves, household garbage);
- scope of work and level of load (often, daily, seasonally).
Simple plastic models are indispensable for simple garden works, for medium-weight garbage and regular cleaning, models with metal teeth and reliable cuttings will be more reliable.
How to choose a rake?
For the collection of large debris, it is better to buy a tool with large, powerful teeth, and for the small one with densely planted small teeth.
For work on a large area it is more effective to use wide models, and for flower beds, the advantage of a narrow grip.
The telescopic handle allows you to set the optimal length of the tool for the growth of each member of the family.
It is believed that the optimal length is for models which, if placed vertically, the stem reaches just under the armpits.
A wooden stalk should not have any visible damage such as chips, twigs, burrs.
The handle should have a solid fit, and the tool itself, even when assembled from individual parts, feel monolithic.