10 Iconic Lawn Sweeper Reviews - Keep Your Lawns Clean & Tidy (2017)

Don’t you just love fall and autumn seasons?

Flowers in full bloom, beautiful earthy tones, and some of the most vibrant colors on the treetops. However, these leaves are only beautiful on the trees. Once they hit the ground, they can be a lot of work to rake off your lawn, especially for people with large properties.

And no one enjoys spending hours out in the sun, am I right?

That’s why you need the best lawn sweeper to help you make quick work of your yard maintenance. In addition to being faster and more efficient than both a rake and a leaf blower, lawn sweepers come with numerous benefits.

These include not damaging your grass while working and having the ability to collect grass clippings, twigs, pine needles, leaves, cones, and all sorts of debris.

We know your time is precious, so let’s get straight to it, shall we? Here are the top 10 most highly ranked lawn sweepers for your consideration.

Product NameImagePath SizeOverall RatingDetails
Agri-Fab 45-0218 Push Lawn Sweeper 26-Inch 9 Check price
Agri-Fab 45-0492 Lawn Sweeper 44-Inch 10 Check price
Brinly STS-427LXH Tow Behind Lawn Sweeper 42-Inch 9 Check price
Agri-Fab 45-0320 Tow Lawn Sweeper 42-Inch 8 Check price
Ohio Steel 42SWP22 Sweeper Spiral Brush 42-Inch 8.5 Check price
Ohio Steel 42LS Sweeper 42-Inch 7.5 Check price
John Deere Tow-Behind Lawn Sweeper 42-Inch 7.5 Check price
Deluxe Mid West Trailling Lawn Sweeper 44-Inch 7 Check price
Mid West Products Push Lawn Sweeper 26-Inch 7.5 Check price
Sun Joe AJ801E 12 Amp Electric Scarifier Lawn Sweeper 12.6-Inch 9 Check price

Agri-Fab 45-0218 Push Lawn Sweeper

So, how many of you think that their yard is too small to use a lawn sweeper on? Okay, so why do you still loathe the thought of raking it almost every day?

Well, the truth is that it’s not your yard that’s small; it’s the thought of the cost of lawn sweepers that scares you. We’ve got great news; there’s one particular unit that is not only incredibly effective for small and medium lawns, but also very affordable for anyone working on a tight budget.

The Agri-Fab 45-0218 Push Lawn Sweeper is a fun way to speed up your outdoor maintenance. As one of the lightest options on the list, users can work for long periods without getting fatigued.

Since the unit is push-powered, there’s no machinery or clunky engines to deal with. This sweeper comes with adjustable height settings and a hopper bag that disconnects to empty. With strong poly construction and a zinc-plated steel frame, the 45-0218 is surprisingly robust and durable.

Still not sure whether this is the lawn sweeper for you? Maybe a look at the top features will help.

Features:

  • Extremely light and easy to push
  • Hopper bag that disconnects to empty
  • Poly construction for more durability
  • Adjustable height settings for more comfort
  • Comes with a bag and sweeper
  • Smooth bristles that don’t damage grass
  • Bag capacity of 7 cubic feet

Conclusion

From our review, it’s clear to see that the 45-0218 is indeed a fun and convenient way to speed up your outdoor yard maintenance. It’s simple, durable, gets the job done and comes at a fair price so you don’t have to reach deep into your pockets.

The simple fact that the Agri-Fab 45-0218 Push Lawn Sweeper is push operated means that there’s no noise, no pollution, no extra expenses and no hassle in the operation and maintenance. Sure, the replaceable 7 cubic foot bag kind of fills up really fast, but the sweeper more than makes up for that with is maneuverability.

PROS:
  • Lightweight and durable construction
  • Affordable price range
  • Simple and easy to operate

CONS:
  • The hopper isn’t very big so it fills up quick

Agri-Fab 45-0492 Lawn Sweeper

How large is your lawn, and how serious are you with your maintenance?

If the answer to both these questions is pretty serious, then we’ve got the perfect little helper lined up. Introducing one of the largest lawn sweepers on the market Agri-Fab 45-0492 Lawn Sweeper is truly impressive. Boasting of a collection bag capacity of 25 cubic feet, this particular unit holds almost twice the debris of your average model.

As one of the best models in the market, the 45-0492 features an improved dump lever that can be run without even getting off your tractor seat. The tough and durable brushes clean away grass, leaves, pine cones, clippings, twigs and other debris and packs it in the extra flow 25 cubic feet bag.

Users really appreciate the easy adjustment that allows you to adjust height even while the unit is still in operation. As a special touch, the 45-0492 comes with a de-thatcher that allows you to sweep and detach at the same time. Now that’s what I call versatility.

Interested in taking a gander at the top features? What am I saying, of course, you are:

Features:

  • Mesh backflow through 25 cubic foot hopper
  • Pull button height adjustment for the bush
  • Offsetable sweeper tongue with patented hitch
  • Improved dump lever operated from tractor seat
  • Entire unit can be folded and collapsed without tools

Conclusion

Incredibly well built, robust, effective and with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a high-end model, the Agri-Fab 45-0492 Lawn Sweeper is clearly built for the serious homeowner.

The first obvious sign is the larger than life 25 cubic feet hopper that lets you do your cleaning without having to make frequent trips to the compost. Despite being large, this unit folds up without tools for a small storage footprint.

 And with fancy features like the de-thatcher and convenient height and lever adjustments, what’s not to like?

PROS:
  • Sturdy and reliable construction
  • Improved dump lever for effortless emptying
  • Extremely large hopper 25 cubic feet

CONS:
  • The clover pins tend to come off and can get easily misplaced

How the Agri Fab lawn sweeper works

10 Iconic Lawn Sweeper Reviews - Keep Your Lawns Clean & Tidy (2017)

Brinly STS-427LXH Tow-Behind Lawn Sweeper

When it comes to making high-end appliances and machines, Brinly seems to know a thing or two about it. Finally, the brand has heard our pleas for a high-performance king of the lawn.

The Brinly STS-427LXH Tow Behind Lawn Sweeper is the perfect beast for sweeping up pine needles, leaves, grass clippings, and even old grass thatch. Like some of the big boys on this list, this sweeper has a fabric hamper with a 20 cubic foot capacity that can be emptied right from the comfort of your tractor seat.

In addition to that neat pull up rope, this 42-inch lawn sweeper incorporates six high-velocity brushes that rotate vigorously to pick up materials continuously.

But you know what really grabbed our reviewers’ attention?

It’s the fact that Brinly understands that not all lawns are made equal. This is very clear thanks to the easily adjustable brush to ground contact that not only provides maximum performance but also minimizes skipping. And once you’re all done, the STS-427LXH simply collapses and can be stored conveniently in the upright position.

Who’s up for a quick tour of the STS-427LXHs top features?

Features:

  • High-performance 42-inch lawn sweeper
  • Large 20 cubic foot hamper
  • 6 high-velocity brushes with indexed height adjustment
  • Included pull rope with ergonomic handle
  • Patented storage design for easy and convenient storage

Conclusion

If you enjoy a high-performance tow behind lawn sweeper for grass clippings, leaves, pine needles, and old grass (thatch) after dethatching, then look no further than the Brinly STS-427LXH. In addition to 6 high-velocity brushes that make professional work of your yard, this unit is as tough as they come.

The 42-inch sweeper allows you to make fewer passes on your yard so you can pick up more leaves in less time. What’s more, you get 20 cubic feet of capacity in the hamper; very generous room given the cost.

All in all, the Brinly STS-427LXH is a solid and reliable model suitable for medium to large properties.

PROS:
  • Six high-velocity brushes offer maximum pick-up of debris
  • Patented design allows for space-efficient storage
  • Simple and easy to assemble

CONS:
  • Brush height adjustment knob might require regular tightening

How to Assemble the Brinly STS-427LXH Lawn Sweeper

Agri-Fab 45-0320 42-Inch Tow Lawn Sweeper

How tight did you say your budget was again?

No need to hear it, because, with the Agri-Fab 45-0320 Lawn Sweeper, you’ll be sure to spend a fraction of your budget and still have change. That’s right, this minimalist, the simple looking sweeper is precisely what you need to finally get rid your tiresome raking habits. But as responsible, committed reviewers, we had to examine how the low cost affects the performance.

As you would expect with budget products, you end up doing most (if not all) of the work. That said, there’s definitely nothing wrong with a tow behind lawn sweeper. The Agri-Fab 45-0320 makes up for this by being incredibly lightweight and easy to maneuver. At the same time, the unit makes use of a simple height adjustment mechanism and stronger brushes for more accurate and effective pick up.

And the icing on the cake?

Well, it’s versatile enough to attach to all tractors with ease.

Bet you can’t wait to hear all about the 0320’s top features? Well here they come:

Features:

  • Tow style 42-inch lawn sweeper
  • 12 cubic feet of space on the hopper
  • Durable stamped steel housing
  • Adjustable and versatile brush height
  • Attaches to literally any riding mower
  • Tractor seat dump lever

Conclusion

Basic, simple, affordable, but gosh darn effective lawn sweeper if we ever saw one. Apart from the fact that you’ll only have to spend a few coins to get this bad boy, there’s plenty of reasons why the Agri-Fab 45-0320 will make a lovely addition to your shed.

Not only does it do the one job it’s meant to do with ease, but it virtually connects to any riding mower you have handy. Sure, the 12 cubic foot hopper might be inconvenient for people who have bigger yards, but the easy dump feature more than makes up for it.

The perfect riding mower lawn sweeper for small yards and people on a budget.

PROS:
  • Simple and minimalistic design
  • Incredibly budget friendly
  • Attaches to any riding mower

CONS:
  • May not be effective for heavily packed debris

Ohio Steel 42SWP22 Sweeper Spiral Brush

Ever hear the one about products made in the USA?

Of course, you have, you’re probably using one right now. We all know that nothing can beat good old American craftsmanship. And for that, we’re all willing to pay a little extra and be sure we’re getting our money’s worth. This is where our homegrown geniuses over at Ohio Steel went and created the Ohio Steel 42SWP22 Sweeper Spiral Brush.

The Ohio Steel 42SWP22 42 inch lawn sweeper is a professional grade machine that stands out due to its spiral technology. Thanks to patented and exclusive spiral brushes underneath, this bad boy cleans up debris more effectively than your average sweeper.

Of course, all this debris has to end up somewhere, right?

Boasting of a large, 22 cubic foot, heavy-duty collector bag, you can now mow your entire yard without having to unload even once. And speaking of emptying, the hopper can be offloaded without leaving your tractor seat – always a bonus.

Let’s have a quick look at the 42SWP22’s top features, shall we?

Features:

  • Made in the USA
  • 42-inch lawn sweeper for fewer sweeps
  • Easy to operate
  • Simple, space-saving storage
  • 22 cubic foot heavy duty hopper
  • Pull-rope emptying mechanism

Conclusion

There’s always something to be said about products made right here at home. In addition to being incredibly well build and guaranteed to last, at least you know where to go when you want something cleared about the warranty.

The Ohio Steel 42SWP22 Sweeper clearly offers advanced sweeping thanks to the spiral technology and is built to last. Being super easy to use, even first time users shouldn’t have a hard time using the unit. The 42SWP22 might seem basic, but that’s far from the truth. The intricate design, solid construction, and plethora of accessories make it quite the purchase.

And have you seen those 11’ semi-pneumatic wheels on this bad boy?

PROS:
  • Solid, robust and reliable USA construction
  • Clear instructions for easy assembly
  • Wider chute that makes sure there’s no clogging

CONS:
  • Overall weight makes it difficult to hook up in storage

Ohio Steel Lawn Sweeper

Ohio Steel 42LS Sweeper

Don’t you just love it when a brand understands the customers’ needs for versatile equipment?

That’s right; Ohio Steel did things so nice, we just had to feature them twice. The manufacturer heard your pleas and went back to the drawing board to create something similar yet different. The Ohio Steel 42LS Sweeper. If you’ve used their previous version, then you’re likely to notice a few differences in the features.

For starters, the 42 LS cuts back on the hopper space by just a tad to give you 18 cubic feet of collection space. It might not be the over 22 cubic feet that were used to, but it shouldn’t be too much of a difference for many. Like its predecessor, the 42LS also boasts of solid construction with a durable metal frame.

Likewise, the sweeper clears a path of 42 inches so you can get the job done in less sweeps. Small or large yard; you’ll definitely enjoy this professional grade sweeper.

Ready to hear all about the unit’s most desirable features? Let’s hop right to it then.

Features:

  • Made in the USA
  • 42-inch lawn sweeper for fewer sweeps
  • Easy to operate
  • Simple, space-saving storage
  • 18 cubic foot heavy duty hopper
  • Pull-rope emptying mechanism

Conclusion

Yeah yeah, I know you’re probably wondering what the big difference is between these two models. Well, by now you ought to know that it’s the little things that make all the difference. A minor alteration such as the number of components and size of the hopper bag can largely affect the weight and maneuverability.

That said, the Ohio Steel 42LS Sweeper is the ideal solution for anyone looking for something easy enough to handle and definitely durable enough to outlast other models. In addition to attaching to any tractor type you might have, the 42 LS also impresses by its minimal storage space.

PROS:
  • Reliable and durable construction
  • Effective for both small and large yards
  • Lightweight and flexible design

CONS:
  • Tension rods make assembling the 42LS quite a headache

John Deere Tow-Behind Lawn Sweeper

If there’s one brand that doesn’t need an introduction, it would have to be John Deere. These guys have been at the forefront of literally every invention worth calling great. Their high-end quality, durability, and unmatched array of features make them the first choice for many. And when it comes to lawn sweepers, it’s tough to compete with the John Deere Tow-Behind Lawn Sweeper.

At first glance, this sweeper just oozes quality; you can tell it is incredibly well built. The green, vibrant exterior blends in with the lawn like a charm. But that’s not what really grabbed our attention.

This particular lawn sweeper boasts of especially powerful brushes that carry more sweeping force to get everything the first time round. We also liked the fact that John Deere doesn't mess around with their hamper space. At 24 cubic feet of space, it will take a while for the massive hamper to fill up.

Did someone order a quick tour of the unit’s top features? Oh, so it was scheduled huh? 

Features:

  • Robust, high-quality steel construction
  • Heavy duty 24 cubic feet hamper
  • Attaches to any tractor or riding mower
  • Durable, easy glide wheels
  • Quick release dump function

Conclusion

High-quality construction, solid design, unrivaled power and not too hard on the eyes too, this tow behind lawn sweeper by the renowned John Deere definitely gets our thumbs up for its impeccable performance.

Not only does it have one heck of a velocity, but it can tackle a lot of grass clipping and pine cones in just one go. Likewise, the machine comes in generous dimensions and is more than effective for both small and large properties.

What’s more, the sweeper moves seamlessly over surfaces and attaches to tractors and mowers in one swift action. Sure, a few people have mentioned the high price bracket, but you’ll agree that it’s worth every penny given the build quality and robust performance.

PROS:
  • Larger, heavy duty 24 cubic feet hamper
  • Powerful picking ability, great lawn sweeper for pine needles
  • Compact, exclusive storage function

CONS:
  • Some buyers have complained about the particularly difficult assembly process

John Deere sweeper

Deluxe Mid West Trailling Lawn Sweeper

Oh man, ever wondered what a high end super lawn sweeper looks like?

Picture it in your mind; the wheels, the design, the hamper, all built for one specific purpose – providing the best darn sweeping you’ve ever seen on God’s green earth. One brand has really outdone themselves and delivered the best lawn sweeper that money can buy. You guessed it folks; we’re talking about the Deluxe Lawn Sweeper.

Even the name says it all; this Deluxe lightweight model is built to make sweeping your lawn as easy, efficient and convenient as possible. What immediately grabs your eyes is then is the incredibly well-built design and suave, black exterior that just oozes style. You might also be wondering what all the framing and levers are for.

Well, this is the infamous, exclusive and patented rear dump that allows you to pull the cord at the comfort of your tractor seat. Users also couldn’t stop talking about the waterproof sweep brushes that pick up debris, litter, leaves, grass, twigs, and pretty much anything on the lawn.

We could go on all day about the Deluxe model, so how about a quick look at the top features?

Features:

  • Exclusive, patented rear dump
  • Lightweight and sturdy steel construction
  • Ribbed tread rubber tires
  • Precision, die-cast aluminum wheels
  • Waterproof polypropylene sweep brushes
  • Universal tubular hitch
  • Whopping 15-bushel hamper capacity
  • Ball bearing rear casters

Conclusion

Can I be totally honest with you?

It doesn’t get any better than this folks. If you’re looking for the ultimate tool to help with your yard cleaning, then look no further than the Trailing Sweeper. The name really does say it all. Every inch of this bad boy is engineered to make your yard work simple, convenient, and surprisingly fun. It’s a machine that is guaranteed to outlast all your garden tools thanks to the steel construction.

Likewise, we really appreciated the simple fact that the manufacturer made the unit as mobile and flexible as possible. Combine the ribbed treat rubber tires and die cast wheels with ball bearing rear casters and you have a sweeper that could go all day anywhere.

PROS:
  • One of the most effective lawn sweepers in the market
  • Massive 15-bushel hamper capacity
  • Wind apron to control flying debris

CONS:
  • Apart from the high price range, the Deluxe Lawn Sweeper is absolutely flawless

Mid West Products Push Lawn Sweeper

Guess who decided to give the people something more affordable after releasing the deluxe version?

That’s right; Mid west products has gone back to the drawing board and come up with something that the rest of us hardworking people can buy. If you value a clean lawn and want to keep it that way all year round without never-ending landscaping bills, then you’ll need the new push lawn sweeper from Mid west products.

Boasting of steel and vinyl construction, users get the best of both worlds meaning a sturdy frame but without the excess weight to contend with. You’ll also be pleased to hear that you’re not limited to grass clippings alone; the unit can pick up leaves, small pine cones, and their lighter debris.

The sweeper features butterfly handles that are ergonomic so your hands don’t get fatigued and rear casters so you can maneuver your push sweeper easily through your lawn. There is some beauty in simplicity after all, am I right?

Still not sure that this is the right sweeper for you? Perhaps a look at the top features will convince you otherwise:

Features:

  • Robust but lightweight steel and vinyl construction
  • Simple design for push lawns sweeper
  • 1 handed height adjustment
  • Swiveling rear castors for more maneuverability
  • Butterfly rear handles
  • Easy fold up for space saving storage

Conclusion

Hey, who says you have to burn fuel every time you want to clean up the yard?

With the Mid West Products Push Lawn Sweeper, you don’t even need a tractor or riding mower. Just a nice cool day and some reliable elbow grease and you’ll have your lawn cleaned in no time.

Unlike most of the sweepers on this list, this one is incredibly light so your arms don’t get fatigued. The height adjustment makes things easier for different people. What’s more, the addition of swiveling rear casters really makes maneuvering the unit a breeze.

PROS:
  • Simple, push design
  • Ergonomic and adjustable handling
  • Lightweight and robust construction

CONS:
  • Smaller width takes many passes to get the lawn clean

Sun Joe AJ801E 12 Amp Electric Scarifier Lawn Sweeper

So, who’s ready to finally put a little power into their yard cleaning tasks?

That makes all of us. When it comes to electric powered lawn sweepers, it’s hard to beat Sun Joe. We managed to catch up with what is hands down the cheapest lawn sweeper in this entire list, the Sun Joe AJ801E Electric Scarifier Lawn Sweeper.

Are you ready to get your yard into green shape without even skimping off your budget?

The AJ801E allows you to achieve all this and more by incorporating state of the art tech and clever features. For starters, Sun Joe incorporated AirBoost technology that maximizes the pick up of thatch with spring steel tines. All this is powered by the 12 amp motor that delivers enough power to clear a 12-inch path in one swift pass.

There’s also a 5 position control knob that allows users to tailor the desired raking depths for effective and efficient cleaning. And speaking of control, you can start your de-thatcher at the slight push of a button with a safety switch so you don’t accidentally start it.

Ready to hear all about the AJ801E’s most desirable features?

Features:

  • Unique and stylish design
  • Lightweight construction
  • Powerful 12 amp motor
  • 6 inchwide clearing path
  • Airboost technology for maximum thatch pick up
  • Scarifier function to cut grass roots

Conclusion

It’s cheap, it’s electric, it’s effective, it’s a gift from the lawn gods. The Sun Joe AJ801E 12 Amp Electric Scarifier Lawn Sweeper really makes an impression the first time round. But even though it’s literally the cheapest model on this entire list, we were surprised to learn that it’s more effective than some of the low-end models here.

But although it’s fairly durable and powerful enough to handle midsized lawns, we also couldn’t help but notice the smaller clearing width. You’ll have to make more passes to get your lawn really cleaned with the 12 inches clearance. But all in all, it’s a great electric lawn sweeper with more capabilities that you actually pay for.

PROS:
  • Incredibly light and aesthetic design
  • Scarifier function that promotes thicker growth
  • Electric powered lawn sweeper and grass dethatcher

CONS:
  • Small catch bag means more frequent content emptying

How We Tested

If you’re a repeat customer, then you already know how we do here at the research haven. That’s right, we’re the only team of reviewers crazy enough go all out. Forget the other sites that test their equipment on artificial lawns with fake debris. That’s not our style.

Here at the haven, we don’t mess around, especially not when it comes to testing the products that claim to be the best. Of course, our lawn sweepers didn’t have it any easier.

We took over 32 different lawn sweepers to an overgrown, abandoned, neglected and dilapidating golf course up for renovation and spent weeks trailing after mowers, tractors, and sometimes just letting the cleaners roam on wild, untamed, bush.

We pushed each and every one of these highly ranked models to the limit and beyond on all their components. We ran the brushes to the ground, made them tread over massive twigs and rocks, filled the hampers with all sorts of crap and literally overworked the unloading mechanisms to dust.

As always, we broke most of the components and killed a great percentage of the products in search of the best. So when we tell you that these are the top 10 best lawn and yard sweepers of the century, you better believe they’ve been tested through fire and survived.

How to Buy the Best Lawn Sweeper

What’s the number one fact about all products that customers have to understand?

Simple, it’s that there’s no such thing as the best product. Even with lawn sweepers, there’s nothing like one size fits all. You could be buying the most expensive power tool in its class but end up working twice as hard because you didn’t get the right tool for the job.

So there you have it; the key to getting the suitable lawn sweeper is by matching the right product with the appropriate task. This will not only save you money but allow you to maintain a cleaner lawn without any hassle. So before you make that final decision, here are a few factors that you should consider when buying lawn sweepers.

Consider the Durability

Typically, the more you pay for a product, the more value, and service you can expect from it. It’s a well-known fact that cheap lawn sweepers tend to last for only a few weeks before breaking apart.

What's the solution? 

Keeping in mind that this is something you will use almost on a weekly basis, you’ll want to make sure that it can withstand the type of debris in your yard. If it’s only leaves and grass, then a budget lawn sweeper for grass ought to do just fine. But if there are rocks, twigs, pine cones and all sorts of large debris, you’ll need a more durable sweeper to handle the constant abuse.

Consider the Carrying Capacity

When it comes to lawn sweepers, the larger the hoper size, the better. That’s because not only does having a bigger bag mean that you can collect larger debris, but you can also get a lot more done without frequent unloading of the bag.

Typically, the capacities of hoppers and grass hampers are measured in cubic feet. So if your yard is small, you’ll be fin with a hamper that measures between 10 to 30 cubic feet. However, very large properties can opt for the larger 60-inch lawn sweeper. In either case, getting the maximum size for the sweeper will guarantee fewer trips to the compost.

Consider the Brush Quality

It goes without saying that the brushes are the most integral part of your lawn sweeper. Unfortunately, they’re also the most battered since they deal with all sorts of debris in your yard.

Therefore, the material, durability, design and quality of the brushes will play a major role in the efficiency and lifespan of your unit. The best models feature brushes made of tough materials such as steel or composite bristles that ca withstand the daily hassle of cleaning the average yard.

Consider the Width

Generally, the wider the width of your lawn sweeper, the larger the area you can clean in one sweep. This allows you to get through a larger area in just a few quick minutes. If your unit has a smaller width, then you will have to make more passes in the same area to get it clean than if you were using a sweeper with a larger width. Small yards can do well with 12 to 20-inch lawn sweepers.

Need something bigger?

However, nothing but 60-inch lawn sweepers to those 100-inch monsters will do for large properties that demand as much width as you can get.

Consider the Wheels and Height Adjustment

When it comes to the wheels, lawn sweepers need something durable and flexible at the same time. This will determine the sweepers quality, speed, and range of motion. Semi-pneumatic wheels are optimal and guarantee years of high-quality service, unlike plastic wheels that break off pretty easily.

Similarly, the height adjustment feature allows for a more accurate and efficient sweep since not all lawns are level.

Consider the Attachments

With the right tools, your lawn sweeper should be capable of performing an array of tasks that will all benefit your lawn.

These include:

  • Aerators that help ensure fertilizer makes it to the grass roots by punching holes in the surface
  • Spreaders that evenly spread fertilizer and nutrients all over your yard
  • Dethatchers that remove dead, compacted grass which is blocking oxygen from getting to the grass roots
  • Dump cart that transports landscaping tools, fertilizer, seedlings, and any other implements

 

Different Types of Lawn Sweepers

  • Push Lawn Sweepers

This is the most basic model of lawn sweepers whose operation closely resembles a lawn mower. Since they are manually operated, this type is often smaller and much lighter than pretty much all other types. As the pusher walks behind pushing the sweeper, it has to gather enough momentum for the brushes to collect leaves and debris and take it to the bag.

Why is it perfect?

Push lawn sweepers are ideal for people with smaller lawns or anyone without a tractor or riding mower. They’re great when it comes to cleaning out lighter debris such as leaves and grass clippings and won’t bother you with fuel or electricity requirements. However, they do require some physical effort and might not be so effective in larger areas making them less popular.

  • Tow Behind Lawn Sweepers

Also known as pull behind yard sweeper, this type is the most popular of all of them. That’s because not only does it require less manual labor and clear the lawn much faster, but it’s also less expensive than power models. Tow behind sweepers are usually attached to the back of a yard tractor, ATV or riding mower and towed across your property.

This type is more suited to people with larger lawns that need a larger capacity to hold more debris. They’re also useful if you just want a more efficient cleaning process without all the elbow grease. But on the downside, they’re heavier, larger, and more costly than push sweepers.

  • Power Sweepers

Like all other tools, your lawn sweeper can also be powered to make things even easier. Also known as grass sweepers, you can either get an electric powered or gas powered lawn sweeper. These types are self-propelled and come with motorized brushes that pick up large amounts of debris. Most models even come with their own shredder to reduce debris and make it easy to get rid of.

Power lawn sweepers are more suited to people with larger properties with wet or compact debris that requires routine clearing without the need of a tractor or riding mower. However, these machines are the most expensive of them all and are usually very heavy. Likewise, there’s the additional, recurrent cost of the fuel as well as the emissions to contend with.

Popular Lawn Sweeper Brands

  • Agri-Fab

Founded back in 1975, Agri-Fab has its headquarters in Sullivan Illinois. This brand is widely renowned for its array of lawn tools and garden accessories designed to help keep your yard in tip-top shape.

Apart from lawn sweepers, they also make spreaders, groomers, rakes, cultivators, vacs, tillers and rollers. Their sweepers include the 26-inch push sweeper, 42-inch tow lawn sweeper, 44, and 52-inch sweepers.

  • Brinly

Here’s another veteran US-based sweeper brand that traces its roots back to the 1800’s. Their lawn sweepers have found their way to almost every corner of the globe today.

In addition to making some of the most advanced lawns sweepers, the brand also carries several lawn care items including carts, spreaders, sprayers, aerators, carts, broadcasters and rollers. They’ve also added cultivators, plows, disc harrows and scraper boxes to their lineup.

  • Ohio Steel Industries

As the name suggests, this particular brand was founded in Columbus Ohio back in 1958 as a small business. Today, the company supplies most of the lawn care tools and garden accessories to its own neighboring states.

Apart from two of their best lawn sweepers that we looked at earlier, the brand also carries lifts, ramps, dethatchers, spreaders carts, and rollers.

  • Sun Joe

Founded not too long ago in 2004 in New Jersey, Sun Joe company is among the fastest growing industries in its field.

In addition to incredibly well-built lawn sweepers for pine cones, the brand also carries chains, pole saws, fire pits, bowls, cultivators, pressure washers, lawn mowers, trimmers and leaf blowers.

 

  • John Deere

This here globally renowned company was founded in 1837 with its headquarters in Moline Illinois. As pioneers in their own right, this brand excels at manufacturing products that we have all come to rely on in forests, agriculture and construction industries.

Their products meet both commercial and residential standards and can be identified by the trademark green - yellow and running deer.

How to Use a Lawn Sweeper

The way you use your lawn sweeper will largely depend on what type you are working in the first place. This will determine whether you attach it to your tractor as is the case with a tow behind sweepers, or push it yourself if it’s a push sweeper.

Typically, all lawn sweepers work like a vacuum cleaner. Only instead of air and suction, they use brushes to pick up lawn debris and transfer it into the hopper.

To use your lawns sweeper, make sure that the lawn is actually mowed first. Work in a system to go over and pick up all the debris in your yard. This includes rocks, pine cones, branches, leaves and small twigs.

Adjust the sweeper height to get different slopes and levels in your yard. You can perform several sweeps if you don’t get everything the first time round. When you’re done, empty the bag, clean it and store your sweeper.

Care and Maintenance Tips for Lawn Sweepers

Taking proper care of your lawn sweeper and maintaining it will ensure it lasts longer and performs efficiently every time you use it.

Some of the proper care and maintenance tips include:

  • Only use Sweeper on Dry Lawns – generally, lawn sweepers work best if the grass is dry. Dry grass gives an easier picking time while wet debris could damage the sweeper.
  • Avoid High Speeds – While sometimes its okay to use lawn sweepers at the highest speed setting, it is usually not recommended on uneven ground.
  • Use Sweeper on Mowed Lawns – This allows the machine to capture more debris easily that it would on an overgrown lawn
  • Inspect Before Use – make sure that the unit is assembled correctly and that all components are working like they should before using your sweeper. Inspect the condition of the brushes, tires, hamper, chute and other components
  • Empty Hopper Frequently – Instead of waiting until the hamper is full, try to empty it when it reaches three-quarter capacity. If you wait for the bag to completely fill up, the excess weight could cause the bag to sag and get damaged while the debris could cause mold and mildew inside.
  • Clean after use if possible to make sure that the components stay clean and in optimal condition.

Lawn Sweeper FAQs

What is a brush to wheel ratio?

We’re sure you’ve come across the term brush to wheel ratio while you were glossing over the top 10 best lawn sweepers on the market.

So, what does this mean?

Well, a brush to wheel ratio simply shows how many rotations the brushes on your lawn sweeper make compared to one turn of the wheel. A high brush to wheel ratios such as 5:1 and above guarantees that the brushes underneath the sweeper are making maximum contact with the ground by turning fast enough to sweep everything in their path multiple times.

So if your sweeper says it has a 5 to 1 ratio, it simply means 5 brush sweeps for every singular rotation of the wheel.

How do lawn sweepers save my back?

As with most yard work, there’s always the concern of overworking your hands and back. If you’ve ever worked a large space with a rake or hoe, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.

But unlike rake that require the user to bend and manually rake every single piece of debris, lawn sweepers make it unnecessary to bend taking off plenty of the pressure and manual labor from yard cleaning.

Do all tow behind sweepers fit all tractors and mowers?

Although there are numerous tow behind lawn sweepers with a universal hitching mounting piece, not all of them have it. That’s why you need to consult the manual before making the purchase to see if it will fit or attach to your riding mower or lawn tractor. Similarly, other manufacturers recommend staying away from ATVs since they are too fast and could damage the sweeper’s gearbox.

Do any parts of my lawn sweeper require lubrication?

Well, any product with moving parts tends to require lubrication every once in a while. However, this is usually very minimal. The wheel bearings might require lubrication once a season, the brush shaft bi-annually, the wheels once every year and proper greasing and lubrication of other nuts and bolts during cold seasons.

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Final Verdict

There you have it our loyal readers; everything you need to know about lawn sweepers right at the touch of a button. With this information, getting the best lawn sweeper for you should be a walk in the park.

But before we wind up, we have to reveal who the big winner is. Today’s segment really had some stiff competition due to clever designs and ingenious features from almost every brand. However, there can only be one champion.

Our champion of the day is none other than the Agri-Fab 45-0492 Lawn Sweeper. If you’ve ever wondered what a high-end super lawn sweeper looks like, this is it right here. This Agri-Fab lightweight model is built to make sweeping your lawn as easy, efficient and convenient as possible.

What immediately grabs your eyes is then is the incredibly well-built design and suave, black and red exterior that just oozes style. It’s a machine that is guaranteed to outlast all your garden tools thanks to the steel construction.

The customers on Amazon say just the same. The reviews are perfect! If you’re looking for the ultimate tool to help with your yard cleaning, then look no further than the Agri-Fab 45-0492 Lawn Sweeper.

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