Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 148
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TractorGuy This is a serious lawn sweeper....
It's big. Really big. But it does a super job and operates very smoothly. It handles pine cones and needles with no trouble, and it sure beats raking leaves by hand.
Since it was out of stock at our local store (too late in the season) I had it delivered (free UPS delivery!) straight to my home. Everything was shipped in a long (about 5 feet) box that had a shipping weight of 102 LB. The assembly was very straightforward and well explained in the manual, and everything fitted together well. The most difficult thing (to me) was the installation of the two "tension rods" which are strong, spring steel rods that must be held in a bow shape during installation. The ends of the rods are inserted into holes in the top and bottom frames inside the hopper and keep it spread open.
I got this sweeper in early October to sweep leaves and I gave it a trial run as soon as it was assembled and it worked perfectly. After sweeping the lawn I examined the sweeper closely and noticed one wheel was unusually wobbly. The wheel was removed and the problem was seen to be the hard plastic wheel bushings which had been improperly assembled at the factory and were damaged. So I went to the Ohio Steel Industries website (the manufacturer) where there is an easy-to-use warranty parts-order form, filled it out, and the parts delivered to my door free of charge three days after they were ordered. No questions asked. The bushings were easily installed and the sweeper's back in service and has swept leaves twice since then. Oh, this unit is warranted for three years (excepting wheels, brushes, and the bag which are considered wear items).
It should be noted that 26 cu. ft. of leaves is a lot of leaves. It takes quite a strong pull of the dump rope to lift the hopper while sitting on the mower, but it can be done. That minor detail is the only reason the "ease of use" category was marked "good". One can certainly dump the hopper before it's full if it seems too heavy when full. I really like the spiral shape of the brushes; since there is always a part of a brush in contact with the lawn, the operation is much smoother than sweepers with straight brushes.
So far, I'm quite pleased with the sweeper and expect it to last many more years.
October 29, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mlm1946 This lawn sweeper is great!
I purchased the 50-inch lawn sweeper and it's one of the best purchases I have made to make my lawn care easier. I have 3+ acres to mow, so I needed a large, heavy-duty sweeper. This size is great for my lawn and my lawn looks great after sweeping up the grass clippings. It also picks up other small debris with no problems. Quick assembly, ease of use. A bit heavy for me to dump the grass clippings, but that, in no way, would prevent me from highly recommending this sweeper.
July 19, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by NCTommy Top Quality and Performance
The sweeper does a great job and is easy to tow behind my Husqvarna tractor even when the hopper is full. I like that the sweeper can be backed up to the debris pile for dumping. When the hopper is full its too heavy to dump by pulling the rope, no problem there I just had to dismount the tractor and dump the hopper by lifting the corner. If you have a large yard and a lot of leaves this is a great sweeper to have.
April 6, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jn97526 Love this work saving implement
We used to hand rake our hay field to pick up what was left on the ground by the baler; it took days in the hot sun. With this sweeper, all the hay was gathered and dumped into big piles for easy removal, thus keeping the next crop clean. We know it was not designed for this type of job, but it worked extremely well. We will also use it to pick up the leaves when they fall.
It was easy to assemble, with minimal tools.
September 30, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by norman Easy to put together and use
I did alot of research before buying a sweeper. I almost gave up on finding one to fit my needs. Then I found this one and WOW the reveiws sold me to try it. Worth every penny i spent. I am NOT mechanicaly inclined had it put together and on my yard in 55 min. It will get heavy with cut grass and chopped leaves. I didnt think it would work on my rough yard in the lowest setting but i was wrong never missed a beat. I have an antique cub cadet (128) and 2nd gear 1/4 throttle did the best job. I believe I will have it for a very long time!!
October 13, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Steve Performs as expected on dry leaves.
Packaging was sufficient. Assembly was easy;directions read clearly. Most leaves were picked up with first pass. I did find that additional passes or a different approach angle was needed close to trees or in lawn areas where grade varied a bit; which is to be expected due to width of unit. I tried mower-mulching one area first, then pulled sweeper (theory being fewer trips to dump area, and whatever didn't get swept up would nourish grass anyway) This worked well; picked up leaf and grass shards equally satisfactorily. The key seems to be adjusting brush height 1/2" below your grass height, per instructions; which is easy to do. Don't know how it will work if leaves are slightly damp and cling to grass. I just happened to make my first run on virtually perfect day. Sure beats raking and hand dragging bundles. The bag fabric and inside frame bars seem light duty; may prove to be satisfactory overall with time. I'm satisfied at this point.
December 10, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Impala69 Seems to work well...too bad it was broken when I received it
Works pretty well, though the wheels seem to lock up from time to time if the leaves get a little too thick. Frame was dented and one of the axle mounts was completely broken off when I opened the box! Not sure of the quality or how 4 rivets broke between the factory and delivery at my home. (See photos) Because I needed to use it, I did not have the luxury of time to send back and wait for a new one. I punched out the broken rivets and bolted the bracket back on myself and it works fine, but I have been meaning to write and would expect some type of compensation from the company and/or Home Depot. If I do not hear from someone as a result of this post, I will be reaching out.
November 4, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Yankee It works just fine!
First, this is an EXACT duplicate of the OHIO STEEL product, which costs considerably more. Not only the same dimensions and specifications, but reading the instructions shows that all parts are mfg. by OHIO STEEL. My own research shows that ALLFIT is merely another trademark for OHIO STEEL.
Upon delivery, which was prompt and timely, I noticed that the large box was damaged on one end. In order to insure that all parts were still enclosed and undamaged, I laid out every piece, nuts and bolts included, on the garage floor. It was complete. It took me a little under an hour to assemble it, taking my time. I didn't have to bend or fiddle with anything. A few wrenches, and I got my wife to help me assemble the hopper, since it looked like an extra pair of hands would be helpful. I didn't have any problem with the instructions.
I'm fascinated by people who manage to assemble it only after all kinds of problems, and those who write reviews without even having used it.
Leaves are falling, my acreage is treed with all kinds of trees, and its only as flat as a dozer could make it. It was forested before we we built the house.There are some bumps and humps. It is NOT a putting green. I have been using the SWEEPER a few hours a day for the past couple of weeks, off and on. I haven't picked up the rake yet. It removes about 90%+ of the leaves it passes over, which is fine with me, since the alternative is raking. Whatever is left will be ground into mulch eventually when the grass starts again in the spring.
I have noticed several items which would make the machine last longer and operate better. First, make sure that the hopper is dead level with the ground, not dragging anywhere. It is easy enough to do using the correct slot on the tongue. Second, and equally important, using the brush height adjustment, make sure the brush just barely brushes the top of the grass. it works better, inasmuch as it wasn't made to SCRAPE anything. That practically guarantees brush/gear failure. I added a hook to attach the dump rope to the mower. I've taken dozens and dozens of loads off the lawn so far, and have had no problem using it. FWIW, no machine like this works particularly well on WET leaves or grass. Try it, and you're just asking for problems. Additionally, in order to avoid a full load when putting it away, I added a little hook clip with a few inches of rope tied to the adjustment bar (the one with all the holes in it). When I'm finished, I tip the hopper up, and attach to hook to the bar frame, which keeps it from moving down into the "fill" position. That way I can stash it empty.
After doing all this, I can honestly say I'm happy as a clam with the thing, especially the price and the free delivery. It took a few trial runs to get it adjusted the right way which involved running a few yards, getting off the mower, and adjusting the thing. After that, it was great. A fraction of the time, and it sure beats raking and blowing the stuff.
December 10, 2014