The 6 Best Lawn Sweepers

Updated March 18, 2018 by Gregg Parker

6 Best Lawn Sweepers
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We spent 42 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Got leaves strewn all over your property? Put down that back-breaking rake and try one of these lawn sweepers instead. They'll make light work of picking up twigs, grass clippings, pine needles, and virtually anything else spoiling your perfect landscaping. We've included manual models as well as some that can be hitched to a tractor or ride-on mower to meet a wide range of needs. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best lawn sweeper on Amazon.

6. Agri-Fab Tow Behind

The Agri-Fab Tow Behind offers a wide 52-inch path that's great for those in rural areas who need to cover a lot of ground. The six brushes move debris into a hopper that can be emptied from a tractor seat using a rope pull handle.
  • universal hitch for quick attachment
  • collapses for storage
  • very heavy at 96 pounds
Brand Agri-Fab
Model 45-0522
Weight 85 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

5. Brinly STS-427LXH

You won't have to empty the 20 cubic foot hamper on the Brinly STS-427LXH very often, and the twist-lock height adjustment makes sure the brushes stay in the exact right spot for your lawn, so you can get every pine needle or twig in sight.
  • stores upright to save space
  • works well even on small debris
  • difficult to assemble
Brand Brinly
Model STS-427LXH
Weight 80 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

4. Ohio Steel 50SWP26 Pro

The Ohio Steel 50SWP26 Pro boasts a 50-inch width for clearing any yard quickly when hitched to the back of your ride-on mower or tractor. It has a 4.5-to-1 brush to wheel turning ratio, and its hopper is easy to detach at the end of the day.
  • sturdy 11-inch spiraled brushes
  • wide chute prevents clogging
  • collection bag is prone to tearing
Brand Ohio Steel
Model 50SWP26
Weight 102 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

3. Sun Joe AJ801E

If you've neglected all the leaves and twigs on your lawn for far too long, the Sun Joe AJ801E can help revitalize the grass by ensuring that it gets sunlight and water. The gentle steel tines remove anything preventing blades from getting their nutrients.
  • powerful 12 amp motor
  • scarifier option for thicker growth
  • tines are removable for cleaning
Brand Snow Joe
Model AJ801E
Weight 33.3 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. Agri-Fab 45-0492

The hopper of the Agri-Fab 45-0492 is designed to fill up completely, so you don't waste any of the 25 cubic feet available. It also features a patented off-set sweeper tongue, so you can mow and clear debris simultaneously.
  • simple to assemble
  • easy brush height adjustment
  • collapses without tools
Brand Agri-Fab
Model 45-0492
Weight 92 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

1. Greenworks Corded Dethatcher

If your lawn is your baby and you can't bear the thought of the grass dying, consider the Greenworks Corded Dethatcher. You can adjust the depth of the tines so they aren't scraping the dirt, and since it operates with a 14-inch path, it's easy to get into tight spaces.
  • zero carbon footprint
  • adjustable handle for comfort
  • push-button start
Brand Greenworks
Model 27022
Weight 34 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

A Clean Sweep: Get Yourself A Lawn Sweeper

If you pine for a yard free of pine needles or loathe the leaves left behind after a blustery fall day, then a lawn sweeper is the perfect ally in your quest for a crisp looking property. What autumn leaves or the lawn mower leave behind, a lawn sweeper can pick up, no raking required.

First let's look at a few of the reasons many people have chosen to purchase and use a lawn sweeper, then we'll look at the different types of units available. We'll discuss the lawn sweeper vs. the classic rake below, but a rake is not the only landscaping and property maintenance tool a lawn sweeper can supplant.

Lawn sweepers offer a great alternative to that other common landscaping tool, the leaf blower, for two primary reasons. First, a lawn sweeper can easily scoop up and gather even wet leaves or clumps of damp grass, items often too heavy or matted down for a leaf blower to lift or move. And second, a human powered lawn sweeper is a remarkably quiet device. You won't wake the neighborhood (or disturb the barbecue next door) by pushing a lawn sweeper about, whereas many gas powered leaf blowers often register at a volume of 70 to 75 decibels even when their noise is measured from fifty feet away.

There are two distinct types of lawn sweepers, and it's unlikely you will find both suitable for your property. The first type is a push behind option that is human powered and about the size if a standard lawn mower. These lawn sweepers make short work of the leaves and other natural debris littering a standard sized residential property, usually clearing a swath of about the same width a rake would cover with each pass. If you own or care for a single family residence (or a small business or apartment complex ringed by a moderate plot of property) that you want to keep looking clean and clear of fallen leaves, these affordable units are ideal.

The other type of lawn sweeper is decidedly more industrial in scale. In fact, you will need to use a tractor or riding lawn mower in order to use this next type of lawn sweeper: a pull behind lawn sweeper can gather many cubic feet of leaves (and other material) before its storage chamber needs to be emptied, allowing you to quickly clean up large areas of lawn. There is the obvious limitation of a required vehicle for use of these large sweepers, but if you already own or care for a property meriting such machinery, a lawn sweeper is a fine addition to your hardware.

The Lawn Sweeper Vs. The Rake

A lawn sweeper can save its user time and energy as he or she cleans up a property by reliably gathering loose debris of myriad types. It also out performs most other types of lawn cleaning device, such as the aforementioned leaf blower. Whereas a lawn mower can pick up much of the grass it cuts, it invariably leaves behind scattered bits of grass blades. While a rake intended for leaves will indeed catch most fallen leaves, it won't get those bits of grass or other smaller bits of organic material. And even after you gather a heavy pile of leaves, trimmings, twigs, and more, you still have to scoop it into garbage cans or bags.

That also says nothing about the effort required to use a basic rake, which can be a fatigue- and soreness-inducing undertaking, especially if you have a large property. It might come as a surprise to learn this statistic, but in fact each year as many as 38,000 Americans are injured by the process of raking leaves. The United States Consumer Products Safety Commission (or CSPC as it is usually known) reports that these injuries come in a variety of forms, with lower back and shoulder injuries being the most common.

Joint damage can also easily occur as a person overextends their reach on a long rake stroke or when hefting heavy bags or trash cans laden with leaves. (There is no reliable data available on the tragicomic tableau presented by a person stepping on a rake's head only to have the handle crash into his or her hapless face.)

Raking requires at least a moderate level of physical fitness, whereas a lawn sweeper can be safely pushed by almost anyone able to walk with stability. Even a slowly pushed lawn sweeper will still catch leaves and the debris. And controlling a lawn sweeper attached to a tractor or riding mower is even easier.

A Fine Source Of Rich Compost

Using a lawn sweeper presents one with the opportunity to load up a compost pile (or rotating compost bin) with remarkable ease and in less time than he or she would have imagined possible. This is true thanks to the balance of materials a properly established and maintained compost mixture requires.

Efficient and productive composting requires a mixture that balances the right proportion of carbon and nitrogen. This is often referred to as the C:N ratio by specialists. The ideal balance is approximately 25 parts carbon to one part nitrogen. Carbon comes from material such as straw, natural sawdust, paper free of dyes or preservatives, and of course fallen and dried deciduous leaves. Good sources of nitrogen include things like vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grinds, and green grass clippings.

Therefore one of the best ways to quickly load up a compost bin with top quality carbon and nitrogen balanced material is to run your lawn sweeper across a grassy yard covered with fallen autumn leaves. The high volume of leaves the sweeper collects and the lower volume of grass it catches in the form of snapped blades (or bits the mower left behind earlier) will often approximate that 25:1 ration your compost pile needs.

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Last updated on March 18, 2018 by Gregg Parker

Gregg Parker is an author, screenwriter, and comedian who divides his time between Los Angeles, California, and Osaka, Japan. When he’s not watching sports, he spends most of his free time on his artistic pursuits or collecting miles for his next international journey.

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