If you’ve ever done yard work, you’ll know how important a lawn sweeper can be. Although a lawnmower keeps the grass in check, a lawn sweeper will catch the small pieces of debris that lie on your lawn – think things like pine needles, acorns, and even leaves. If you want a pristine lawn – or to prolong the life of your lawnmower, then a lawn sweeper is an essential purchase.
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Lawn sweepers are large mechanized brooms, which use rotating brushes to pick debris up off your lawn, and place it into a hopper for collection. In the majority of cases, you can adjust the height of the sweepers in order to give you a more precise and tailored approach to sweeping.
Lawn sweepers have two main functions: first, they keep your lawn looking immaculate. If you have leaves that regularly fall, pine needles that shed, or anything else that falls on your lawn, a lawn sweeper will catch it and bag it. Second, lawn sweepers can help to protect your mower from picking up too much debris, some of which may harm the inner mechanism. A lawn sweeper is an investment in a perfect lawn and a longer-running lawnmower.
In order to build our list, we considered the following factors: build quality, size and weight, path size, hopper size, brand name, and price.
This helped us to select the highest quality items available on the market. We were then able to use this information to pick a range of different options; this means that, whatever your specific needs, you’ll be able to find a model that fits your specific needs.
Lawn sweepers are deceptively complex pieces of technology. Given that many don’t have engines (including this model), it’s remarkable the difference in performance between different types.
Engineering matters a great deal, and it’s for this reason that the Agri-Fab gets our nod for the best available. Simple but important details like the gear ratio and the collapsible bag make using this much easier. All in all, this is an extremely well-designed piece of equipment.
If you want something cheap and cheerful that does a solid job, then the Earthwise is a great option. It has a respectable 21” brush, giving you a decent-sized path to work with. It also comes in at roughly half the cost of the others on the market (including the Agri-Fab model that was our top pick). The real question to ask is whether it’s half as effective, and the answer is a resounding ‘no,’ making this excellent value for money.
Another Agri-Fab model gets our nod for the luxury pick. Although this one really is ‘luxury’ when it comes to the price, which is nearly four times our budget model and twice the average cost – it really earns it when it comes to features. If you’re not budget-conscious, and you want a lawn sweeper that will do an exceptional job, this is the one for you.
If the Agri-Fab 44” is the luxury model, this is the brute force model, designed to leave (almost literally) no stone unturned in the search for a perfect lawn. The 52-inch path is enormous – so big, in fact, that this comes with semi-pneumatic tires; this is like towing a piece of farm equipment around the lawn. If size is what you need, then this is a great option for you.
After a lot of Agri-Fab models, it’s good to consider another option. The Ohio Steel model is strong in terms of quality and attention to detail. Although at the pricier end of the spectrum, this model is well worth it in terms of size, speed, and overall performance. It certainly feels like the most powerful model we have on our list – particularly relative to size.
Before you decide anything else, you need to consider whether you want a push or a tow-behind. Generally, this comes down to yard size. The rule of thumb to consider is: if you have a ride-on lawnmower, you should get a tow lawn sweeper. If you push your lawnmower, you should push your lawn sweeper. Anything else and you’re going to be using something drastically mis-sized.
There are many lawn sweepers on the market that may not have the same standards of quality as others. Buying a very cheap model is often a false economy as it means you’ll be paying more for repairs, or simply won’t get the use out of it. The three key things to look for in any lawn sweeper is the following:
All of these indicate a good build quality, meaning it’s a safe buy. Of course, you can also look out for a warranty as well – 2 years should be your base level.
There are multiple different sizes of sweepers available, with three key metrics to consider when you make your purchase.
The hopper volume determines how often you need to dump the load before preceding. As a general rule, the higher this number the better – there’s little downside to having a hopper that’s too large. However, for a small yard, anything over 12 cubic feet should suffice.
If you’re towing, you need to ensure that the hitch of the sweeper fits your tractor or you’ll be unable to connect it. If in doubt, check the manufacturer’s guide of your tractor and compare that with the information on the lawn sweeper. Most are universal, but this should be the number one thing you check when you get the sweeper home, as you’ll need to return it unused and in pristine condition, if it doesn’t fit.
The width – sometimes known as the path – is the area that the sweeper will cover as you push or drag it. The larger this number, the easier it is to cover your lawn in fewer runs. Measure your lawn and work out how many times you’ll need to walk up and down it. You should also make sure that the path width you choose is not larger than the narrowest part of your lawn.