Agri-Fab 45-0492 44-Inch 2-in-1 Lawn Sweeper
Best two-in-one lawn sweeper
This tow-behind lawn sweeper can cut and sweep at the same time, for quick and versatile lawn maintenance.
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Whether you’re cleaning grass clippings, leaves, or small twigs, the Agri-Fab 45-0492 is the best lawn sweeper, and it will help you finish your tasks in a breeze. Four stiff brushes and an extra-large hopper bag make this workhorse ideal for big properties.
But its best feature is that it can cut and sweep in one pass. It won’t have the same cutting performance as a lawn mower but is ideal for occasional touch-ups.
Easy to attach to your lawn tractor, this sweeper has a 44-inch cleaning swath and comes with semi-pneumatic tires that make it easy to tow on all terrains. Besides the unique off-set design the sweeper also has a convenient dump lever you can easily operate from your tractor seat.
Not only it’s highly performing and versatile; it also has the ability to collapse for no-frills storage.
Agri-Fab 45-0320 42-Inch Tow Lawn Sweeper
Best value tow behind lawn sweeper
Semi-pneumatic tires ensure smooth towing on all types of terrains.
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The Agri-Fab 45-0320 may not have cutting capabilities, but it delivers outstanding value for money. Able to hold up to 12 cubic feet of debris, it has a cleaning swath of 42 inches and can sweep away lawn messes in a breeze.
Like our best-in-class, it comes with 4 stiff brushes which have an adjustable height. You can clean grass clippings, leaves, and small twigs, and dump them in a compost pile without leaving your tractor seat, thanks to a rope mechanism.
Just like the best-in-class, this sweeper attaches to all riding mowers and lawn tractors with a rear tow hook.
Brinly STS-427LXH Tow Behind Lawn Sweeper
Performing but expensive
High-velocity brushes ensure continuous pick-up of the material, even when you turn the tractor.
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If you’re dealing with stubborn messes, such as pine needles or thatch, and don’t mind to drop some bucks, the Brinly STS-427LXH can bring all the performance you need to clean your lawn in no time.
Thanks to its six high-velocity brushes, the sweeper can pick up any debris, and it works continuously, even when you’re turning the riding mower.
It has a 42-inch cleaning path, just like our best value, but a bigger hamper than can gather up to 20 cubic feet of trash. As you would expect from such a high-value tool, you can even dump the load without leaving your tractor seat.
When your yard is clean, simply collapse this sweeper for space-saving storage in an upright position.
Agri-Fab 45-0218 26-Inch Push Lawn Sweeper
Best push lawn sweeper
A cheap yet reliable walk-behind lawn sweeper ideal for smaller properties.
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If you have a small yard and no lawn tractor, check out the Agri-Fab 45-0218. This is the best push lawn sweeper for properties of up to half an acre. It has four height-adjustable brushes and a 26-inch cleaning swath, just what you need to gather up debris quickly and easily.
Much more efficient than a rake, this sweeper can hold up to 7 cubic feet of lawn debris in its collapsible hopper bag.
A slight downside is that you can’t use the bag at full capacity without having it overflow. Taking it off the tool when it’s full is also a tricky process.
Despite these minor drawbacks, this product’s a sweet treat though. It’s so lightweight and easy to handle that even the kids can use it while you supervise them from the porch.
Lawn Sweeper Buying Guide
What is a lawn sweeper
If you like to have a clean yard but don’t like to clean it up, a lawn sweeper is a lifesaver. This yard maintenance equipment will help you gather debris and leaves quickly and effortlessly. Also known as a yard sweeper, this gardening tool is designed to replace the classic rake or loud leaf blower, picking up grass clippings, leaves, twigs, and other lightweight debris.
How does a lawn sweeper work?
A lawn sweeper consists of a system of brushes that work in a fashion similar to a carpet sweeper.
Yard sweepers utilize a series of stiff brushes, usually four or six, to comb through the grass on your lawn and collect light debris including grass clippings, leaves, twigs, and even small rocks, flipping them into an attached collection hopper.
Depending on the type of sweeper, you will have to either detach the hopper to empty it or use a dumping mechanism in the case of a tow-behind lawn sweeper.
Types of lawn sweepers
Although all lawn sweepers use the same principle, there are various types designed for various yard sizes.
- Push lawn sweepers: Are the smaller models. They are designed for yards of up to half an acre and work just like a push lawn mower. You will act as the driving force of your equipment and push it along your lawn. The push lawn sweepers are usually lightweight and easy to maneuver, but they come with rather small hoppers.
- Powered walk-behind lawn sweepers: Perfect for properties of up to an acre, these are the equivalent of the self-propelled lawn mowers. They are powered by either gas or electricity (corded or cordless), and due to their motorized brushes, they can pick up larger debris. Also called grass sweepers, they are often equipped with shredders that break up larger debris, a great feature if you want to dump the organic material into a compost pile.
- Tow-behind lawn sweepers: The largest grass collectors around, they attach to the hitch of your lawn tractor, riding mower or zero turn mower just like a tow-behind plug aerator. They are perfect for properties larger than an acre, and often employed in commercial-level operations due to their large capacity hoppers. When the bag is full, you can operate a lever or rope mechanism to dump the debris without getting off your tractor seat. Some models can also attach to the hatch of an ATV, but they are too big to use on small properties.
Lawn sweeper cleaning width
The main thing to consider when picking the right cleaning width is the size of your property. Larger widths clean faster, but they might not fit into the smaller corners of your lawn. In broad lines, you’ll need:
Up to 26 inches
Up to ½ yards
26 – 42 inches
½ – 1 yard
Over 42 inches
Hopper bag capacity
Another important thing to decide when choosing a lawn sweeper is the hopper bag capacity. Depending on the type of equipment, it can vary from around 5 cubic feet to 25 cubic feet or over.
Your first impulse might be to get the biggest bag out there. However, a smaller hopper bag could be more suitable for a push sweeper. This because a big bag can get too heavy and hard to empty.
If you have a pull behind lawn sweeper instead, a bigger hopper could be more appropriate. You’ll be able to gather more debris, and just dump it into a compost or trash pile when you’re done with the chore.
Brush to wheel ratio
The brush to wheel ratio is one of the most important specifications to check before buying. The ratio tells you how many times the brushes rotate in relation to one turn of a wheel.
A higher ratio means that the brushes are turning fast enough to ensure an effective collection of debris, which means faster cleaning of your yard. The best lawn sweepers have a high brush to wheel ratio, usually 5:1 or over.
Other features to consider
Beyond the essential features above, you should also consider the following features before buying:
- Height adjustable brushes: This feature helps you reach the best performance depending on the type of debris you want to gather.
- Collapsible hopper: Folds flat and allows you to store the lawn sweeper in an upright position.
- Maintenance: All lawn sweepers require maintenance, such as seasonal lubrication of the wheel bearings and brush shaft. However, some need more maintenance than others, so it’s a good idea to check before buying.
- Spare parts availability: Lawn sweepers may need brush replacement now and then. It is recommended to check spare parts availability before dropping your bucks.
How to use a lawn sweeper
If you want to maintain your lawn sweeper as new for longer and enjoy its benefits to the fullest, you must learn how to use it right.
The first thing to keep in mind is that they are not designed to pick up large debris, such as hedge branches or pruning debris. The lawn sweeper is designed to replace a rake or leaf blower and must be used for the same type of debris you’d usually gather with any of the mentioned tools.
Now that we’ve got that settled follow the steps below to make the most out of your lawn sweeper.
- Mow your lawn. Although lawn sweepers can gather small debris from most surfaces, they tend to work better on freshly mowed lawns.
- Adjust the height of the brushes to the height of your grass. For the best results, set it to about an inch lower than the height of your grass, so you can gather the most debris.
- Follow the same pattern you used when mowing and start sweeping your terrain. Empty the hopper bag when full and repeat until you’ve cleaned the entire property.
The easiest way to maintain your property clean is by sweeping it regularly. Don’t wait for the debris to pile up, just sweep once a week. Not only you’ll maintain your yard beautifully, but this will also improve the health of your lawn.
Also know that lawn sweepers don’t have exceptional performance on wet terrain, that’s why you should wait for your lawn to dry before sweeping after a rain.