If you are still wasting hours raking your yard please stop and read this. There is a solution to your problem and it is a yard sweeper. A lawn sweepers use a brush system and a catch bag to remove yard debris. Lawn sweepers are great for picking up, leaves, small sticks, acorns, pine needles, pine cones, sweet gum balls, grass clippings, and other yard debris (I have even seen some users bragging of picking up horse manure with their lawn sweeper).
How Do Lawn Sweepers Work?
Most lawn sweepers work by converting the rotating motion of the wheels on the lawn sweeper to a set of rotating brushes. These brushes sweep material from the ground into a hopper behind the brushes.
Important Lawn Sweeper Features
There are some features we are going to want to consider when shopping for a lawn sweeper.
Lawn sweepers typically come in two configurations tow behind push and push lawn sweepers. Tow behind lawn sweepers are pulled by lawn mowers, yard tractors or ATVs. The push lawn sweepers are powered by the user pushing the sweeper like you would a lawn mower. Today we will be looking at tow behind lawn sweepers reviews. These are going to be the best lawn sweepers for bigger yards.
The width of the sweeper and the carrying capacity are what you need to consider when picking the appropriate sized lawn sweeper. Generally speaking, pull behind lawn sweepers are going to be wider and have a larger carrying capacity allowing you to sweep larger areas. Or areas that are more debris laden due to large trees. Whereas, push lawn sweepers are going to be narrower with less debris capacity. Some other nice features are adjustable sweeping heights, removable hopper bags, or hoppers that dump. Below we compiled and reviewed the best tow behind lawn sweepers on the market. ANother factor you may be interested in for the lawn sweeper is the brush to wheel ratio. The higher this ratio the faster the brushes will spin to get material off the ground.
Agri Fab Lawn Sweepers
Agri Fab comes in with 4 models of tow behind lawn sweepers and 1 push lawn sweeper. The tow behind lawn sweepers come in 3 different widths.
The smallest Agri Fab tow behind lawn sweeper is the Agri-Fab 45-0320. It is a 42 inches wide lawn sweeper with a 12 cubic foot hopper capacity. It comes with a universal hitch pin and adjustable sweeping height. The hopper can be dumped from the seat of your lawn mower via a rope attached to the hopper of the mower. In my personal experience the most annoying part of the tow behind lawn sweepers is dealing with the pull rope to keep it out of the way until you are ready to dump the hopper. I tie mine off to the gas tank until I am ready to dump it. The other downside to this hopper is assembly consumers complain about the written instructions. If you run into these problems I suggest looking into the assembly videos made by the manafacturer.
Next up on the list is the Agri-Fab 45-0492 it is a 44 inches wide sweeper. This model comes with a 25 cubic foot hoopper. Like the 45-0521 this sweeper comes with a collapsable hopper and foldable hitch for compact storage. It also includes an adjustable sweeping height so that you can set the appropriate height for your lawn.One of the nicer features of this sweeper is that it is equipped with a hopper dump handle instead of the rope. While the dump handle is a nice feature, it seems that this lawn sweeper was only called a 25 cubic foot. capacity for marketing purposes and doesn’t seem to stand up to full loads well. Customers say they have bent the frame by fully loading the hopper.
The largest of the Agri-Fab line up is Agri-Fab 45-0546. The width of this sweeper comes in at 52 inches The hopper can hold 26 cubic feet. of debris. The sweeper height can be adjusted to suit the debris you are trying to collect. While this model does come with a collapsable hopper, it does not come with a foldable hitch for storage. This model has the rope for remotely emptying the hopper. While this is not the best feature it seems to be common and still beats raking the yard. The common theme from Agri-Fab is that these units are hard to assemble based on the instruction provided and most consumers want a sturdier platform which is understandable considering the price of these units.
Ohio Steel Lawn Sweeper
Ohio steel builds 3 models of tow behind lawn sweepers 2 of the models are 42 inches wide with the main variation being the capacity of the debris hopper. The other model is 52 inches wide. The following are the three models 42LS,42SWP22, 50SWP26. The only real difference on these models is their size and capacity. The Ohio Steel 42LS is a 42 inch wide lawn sweeper with an 18 cubic foot hopper capacity. The 42SWP22 is 42 inches wide and has a 22 cubic foot capacity. Lastly, the 50SWP26 is 50 inches wide and has a 26 cubic foot capacity. The brushes are 11 inch polypropylene. The brush to wheel ratio is 4.5 to 1. The 42LS comes with a removable hopper, the rest of the models have fixed hoppers. All of the models have an adjustable hitch that provides 5 different settings to allow the hitch to be matched to multiple mower brands. The hopper can be emptied from the seat of your lawn mower with… yep you guessed at pull rope. Assembly of these lawn sweepers seems to be a pain across multiple brands according to consumer comments on the Ohio Steel Lawn Sweepers.
The Brinly STS-427LXH is manufactured by the Brinly-Hardy Company. It is a 42 inch wide lawn sweeper and a 20 cubic foot hopper. The brinly lawn sweeper comes with 6 high velocity brushes and a 5 to 1 brush to wheel ratio. The hopper is made out of a poly weave material to provide durability. The brinly has an adjustable sweeping height that allows the sweeper to be adjusted. What I like about the Brinly lawn sweeper is that they include a 2 year warranty for their lawn sweeper. If you choose to buy the Brinly lawn sweeper make sure that you register the product on their website to activate your warranty. Even though Brinly put a fair amount of thought into the design of their lawn sweeper. There are no real consumer complaints about the construction quality of the lawn sweeper. However, be prepared to count to 10 on assembly of this lawn sweeper. The reviews of the sweeper assembly were amusing. It seems one customer tossed his almost assembled lawn sweeper out in the lawn out of frustration. Once customers got it assembled they seem to be pleased with the quality of the sweeper.
After having used a tow behind lawn sweeper I don’t know how I got by without one. It makes yard clean up so much faster and easier. You will be so happy with the amount of time you save by not having to rake your yard. As you drive through your neighborhood you will feel bad for the neighbors who are procrastinating about raking their leaves. All the while you will have a pristine beautiful yard that stands out. Our lawn sweeper has paid for itself many times over in its first year and I know it will do the same for you. As soon as you see how nice your yard looks you will be recommending a lawn sweeper to your friends and neighbors.