Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 193
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by tym1 sweeper works great as long as the ground is level, a high spot in the middle of the brooms and it will stall it again until the wheels get enough traction again. the light weight steel surrounding the brushes dents and bends easily so avoid any small stumps and rocks. i wish they would have used the poly instead of the steel. also i think it would be nice to just 'pull' a lever or something and shut off the brooms for crossing the driveway or sandy spot. all these issues i have mentioned are issues with all makes not just the 'JD', i will continue to recommened this model over all others for a long time to come.
May 19, 2009
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Pool Good sweeper, poor height adjustment
I've used this sweeper for a few years and it works well. My problem is with the height adjustment mechanism. In the first year it began to bend and the weld cracked at the cross bar. The mechanism is too weak to handle much load at all. In order to keep it working I now use a large clamp to keep everything together and straight. Unfortunately it makes using this otherwise great sweeper a real pain.
April 13, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Butch This is an awesome tool!
This is the best $300 I have spent! Although the assembly of the unit was a little tricky, it really only took about an hour, and storing the unit is a little onerous as it must be partially disassembled, all of that is worth it because the unit works flawlessly. It is very easy to adjust the height so that everything, including acorns, sweet gum balls and pine needles are effortlessly collected. It took less than an hour to clear our 1/3 acre yard of all debris. The only time the unit had problems picking up leaves was right after a rain, when the leaves were virtually stuck to the grass and ground. In that case, just a light raking to get the leaves up from being flat on the ground solved the problem. The unit is made in the good old U.S.A., and is a John Deere afterall! I highly recommend this for anyone who is tired of raking, as long as you have a riding lawnmower to hook it up to!
December 13, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Scottie Great!
2 hour assembly is accurate.
Package is horrible, but everything arrived regardless of the condition of the box.
The pull string is useless. I get off the tractor every time I dump them to rake them into a bigger pile.
Overall I would buy this again and it is 1000 time better than raking.
November 9, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by honda1 Performs Very Well
This sweeper really picks up the leaves, and some acorns and twigs as well. The only reason I ranked it a "four" in ease of use is because the rope to empty the bin of leaves might be engineered better.
It's a little difficult to assemble, but not too bad. Caution...before you buy, figure out where you are going to dump all those leaves. Remember, they are not shredded or compacted. So far it is holding up well in my very bumpy yard.
October 27, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Donb60410 Excellent Lawn Sweeper
Awesome. No need to buy a grass catcher, this does it; plus it captures leaves and sticks. It pulls grass clippings in and rolls them into a Ho-Ho a cake. Just pull the bagger string and it rolls right out. Take your time putting it together. I spent four hours because I wanted it perfect.
July 23, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Fred Poor wheel gear design leads to early and excessive wear
The wheels have a plastic-toothed gear that drives a metal gear attached to the shaft that turns the brushes. Metal gears meshing with plastic gears reduces the life of this product to months. Since both wheels are gear-linked to the shaft that rotates the brushes any turns causes one wheel to attempt to move faster than the other thereby causing tremendous wear on the plastic wheel gears. Since turning is inevitable, the accelerated wear on the wheel gears is also inevitable. The teeth on the plastic wheel gears are "eaten away" by the metal gear attached to the shaft and in a short time, the wheels will not turn the brush shaft. Purchase this product knowing that you will replace the wheels every few months.
November 30, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jm Does a good job.
Not that difficult to assemble. I liked that the small parts were clearly labeled and sealed in a plastic skin, much easier to find the correct nut and bolt this way.. Note: Mine came with a velcro piece with a peal away glue back that you stick on your tractor to hold the rope handle. Do not rely on this, mine came off right away and the rope ended up tangled around the paddles in the first 10 minutes. Also, there are some metal burrs on the inside of some of the tubes that make it difficult to fit tubes together. You just have to talk to them and be firm about your intentions.
The first time I used it I didn't like it, was feeling kind of bad about buying it. Didn't seem to pick up very well and was constantly having to empty it.
I got the hang of it the next time I used it and it really seemed to do the job. You have to experiment with speed and height. Speed is good if possible.
October 25, 2015