Finding the best pull behind lawn sweeper is like finding a needle in a haystack. There are hundreds of options out there, and each seems to have its own advantages and disadvantages. They all have a capacity and a way of pulling the grass out. But how do you know which one will be best for your needs? Which one will fall short in terms of durability?
Let’s start by looking at the pull behind sweeper’s most important selling points: its power and its versatility. The power aspect is easy to define. It has to be powerful enough to get the grass off the ground and strong enough to handle the weight of the fallen leaves that it will accumulate as it moves along. But more importantly, it should be strong enough to resist even the toughest, most persistent leaf blows. This is where the real usefulness of this equipment comes into play.
It might not be immediately apparent that this is the most important thing to look for when shopping for a push behind sweeper. After all, you really want to get the job done quickly and efficiently. But there are a few other things that this type of sweeper should have that you might not be aware of. Look for a model with an ergonomic handle. A good push behind sweeper will have an adjustable height handle, and a good set of wheels that can be manually adjusted.
An ergonomic handle will mean that you won’t accidentally pull your hand down too far as you use this lawn sweeper. Ideally, the distance between your fingertips and the tip of your hand on the lawn sweeper should be just a couple of inches shy of the height of your forearms. And this height should not change when you perform any other function using this lawn sweeper. The brush width is another important feature to consider. The brush width should be at least eighteen inches wide.
If you’re getting a garden sweeper for somebody who is very heavy, you should expect that it will be able to support at least twenty pounds. That means that the sweeper should come with a height of at least forty inches, and a sweeping capacity of at least eighteen cubic feet per hour. The best electric sweepers for this application have a height of around forty-six inches and a sweeping capacity of around forty cubic feet per hour. And these sweepers usually have wheels that can be independently adjusted, as well.
Good electric sweepers should have a minimum height of twenty inches, and a minimum weight requirement of ten and a half pounds. But more important than weight requirements are the cleaning capacities of these sweepers. In this category, you should look for the capacity to clean between four and twenty pounds. If you’re looking at a push behind lawn sweeper, you’ll probably need to lift the bag more than twenty inches high. And to get rid of the bag full of grass clippings, you might need to go up another couple of feet.
The last few specifications that we’ll discuss in the sweeper review are about its pulling ability and its height. Pull behind sweepers can do an amazing job of picking up any amount of dirt. But they’re not all that strong, and they don’t work very effectively if the surface that you’re trying to clear isn’t flat. And this is where the second feature that we’re going to look at comes into play. The wider the sweepers’ wheels are, the more effectively it can move the ground under it.
The final point that we’re going to cover in this push behind lawn sweeper review is about its appearance. Sweepers with round wheels look more industrial and stand out more from a distance. And you may find that you need to move your sweeper a lot before it gets used to the round wheels. But in the end, this aspect of the equipment may be more important to you than the actual functionality of the sweeper itself.