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Rated 5 out of 5Â by Cosmo Excellent lawn sweeper
I thought this sweeper worked very well. It doesn't pick up every little leaf/twig, but it does a really great job of picking up most easily. I read a lot of mediocre reviews for this before I bought it, so I was skeptical, but it's better than many reviewers give it credit for.
Make sure to adjust the height correctly. That's the most important thing, and it's very easy to do. You should be able to feel the brushes brushing the ground. You want that to add a little resistance to your pushing but not so much that it's difficult to keep the sweeper moving. Level ground also helps as plenty of other people have mentioned, but it works fine on hills and slightly uneven ground.
I disagree that it's only for light jobs. Our house backs up to a wooded area, and we get tons of leaves. But I could raise the sweeper to its largest height and pretty much tackle any pile of leaves. You won't get it in one pass by any means, but go over it a few times, lowering periodically if needed. It'll work. I actually think piles were easier than a large, light spread of leaves.
The hopper is plastic and it fills up quickly. I don't get why this is a common complaint. It's a leaf collector. You want to it collect quickly. If it was any larger, it'd be unmanageable. It's a good size for transferring into a trash can/bag. You can fill up the hopper in about a minute, so you will spend most of your time emptying the hopper rather than sweeping. But that doesn't mean the hopper is too small. That's just how fast the sweeper works. As for the plastic durability, I haven't had mine very long at all, but it seems durable enough. It's made out of material like a common tarp, and we're just temporarily holding leaves here.
The assembly isn't bad. Set aside an hour and you probably will be done early. The instructions aren't that difficult. You need some basic tools, really just a couple of wrenches. A hammer and needle-nose pliers will make your life much easier on the palnuts.
This sweeper doesn't 100% pick up everything or eliminate the need to own a rake. In fact, it really works best if you rake leaves into little piles or rows that you can sweep over. My wife raked into rows that I swept over and we finished both of our seriously neglected, leaf-covered, not entirely level lawns in about 2 hours. That was 6 completely full 39 gallon trash bags of leaves. That would have been an all day project before.
Clearing your lawn still takes some work, but this provides a massive reduction in the amount of that work. And it really doesn't take a ton of storage space when you're finished with it. It's easy to use and very effective. I highly recommend this product.
December 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by DrSteve Eating Healthy With Agri-Fab
Easy assembly and performs as promised....just as we consumers hope it will go. "What's not to like?"
With current technology, I find poorly engineered and constructed items to be inexcusable and very exasperating . For its price, purpose, and my expectations, this was a good purchase.
July 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by kiwi52 26" lawn sweeper
I have had my sweeper for over 10 years. It is the best thing since sliced bread was introduced. Easy to operate and completely trouble free. It has never been kept in a shed or under shelter, but It is mechanically as good as when I purchased it. I would buy another in an instant if I needed to.
May 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Jackie Very Efficient
Works great. I have been using it for ten years. When I first assemled it I thought it was flimsy but realized that just because it is light weight does not make it flimsy. The light weight makes it easy to use. Yes the catcher fills up fast but if you spread a tarp out near where you are working and dump the leaves each time you pass the tarp, you can clear a large yard very quickly - much faster than a hand blower. In year eight, I had to restitch a couple of inches along the top part of the catcher which was easy using fishing line and a needle.
November 21, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â by JBTR OK for quick pick-ups
If your lawn surface is really level, you can adjust the sweeper to a low enough level to do a decent job. Won't get every leaf, but not bad. If the lawn surface is uneven, then at a low setting the drive wheel will catch or drag, impeding the forward motion of the sweeper and may require a higher setting for smooth operation.
December 10, 2014