Midwest Rake SPRING-BRACE LEAF RAKE 24 (40912) Reviews
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Midwest Rake SPRING-BRACE LEAF RAKE 24 (40912)

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Them Leaves Are Just About Starting To Fall Off Trees Now. What to Do?

Oct 25, 2010
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Sturdy, well made, easily flexs.

Cons:A bit expensive.

The Bottom Line: A great tool for your garden tool collection!


Ahhh! Autumn is finally here! The air outside is cooler.  Leaves on trees are changing colors and falling over the place.  This is my favorite time of year!  Today I took the day off from work to spruce up the yard a bit and get some fresh air and exercise outdoors.  I cranked up some good tunes on the stereo, put on my work gloves and grabbed my Spring Brace Leaf Rake!

I really do not do much leaf raking any more.  I graduated to using a leaf blower and my little John Deere mower with vacuum bags to suck up the leaves.  However, it is often difficult to get up close to the big trees and sometimes the leaves get stuck on objects pertruding from the lawn (landscape edging, rocks, patio furniture, etc.)  This is where I use the leaf rake.

I have a pretty good system for cleaning up the leaves: 1. Blow.  2. Mow.  3. Hoe.  4. Flow.  First, I blow the leaves off of the patio and onto my lawn with my leaf blower.  Next, I mow the leaves with my John Deere and bag them, depositing the mulched leaves into a compost pile.  Then I fine tune with my leaf rake (well, it is sort of like a hoe...).  I believe that every good job done deserves a reward, so I let the beer flow! 

I purchased my Spring Brace Leaf Rake at my local garden supply store a couple of years ago.  What I particularly like about this rake is the hardened steel tines.  Unlike the modern ABS plastic rakes you find in most stores such as Lowes and Home Depot these days, the steel tines flex better and get around objects to rake out those difficult areas.  As mentioned earlier, I mostly use the rake to get around objects.  In the "old days" I would use this rake to rake up huge piles of leaves and it would take all day and it would be a back-breaking ordeal.  Bah!  I still see people in my neighborhood doing leaves this way!  My method takes only a few fun filled hours (and that's with the leaves of four huge Maple trees!).

This rake is very sturdy and it has held up very well for the last few years.  It does have about a two foot wide spread of metal rake tines, which is a nice, average size.  As I recall, it was a bit expensive (about $15) but that is what you get when you buy from a garden supply store:  Great quality products with high prices.  The handle is made of a good quality hard wood (hemlock?) I'm not really sure, but it is holding up nicely. 

Besides using the rake for leaves, I also occassionally use it to clean up the lawn area when I am working on projects (for instance, I recently used it to rake some hay I spilled on the lawn when cleaning out the chicken coop.  I also used it to smooth over top soil just before putting grass seed down). When not in use, it hangs neatly on a hook on a wall in my garden tool shed. 

In all fairness, there are other spring-tine leaf rakes that work just as well as this one and they are sold for a bit less money.  Also, I should point out that I replaced my old spring tine rake with this one since the tines have a tendancy to break off if bent too far back or twisted.  Also, this rake is slightly heavier than competing bamboo or plastic style rakes, but not by much, and it is no big deal.

On the plus side, the rake outlasts any bamboo type rake and it is a lot easier to use than those big plastic jobbers.  The plastic rakes also do not flex very well, so it is tough to get around objects with them.  These rakes have been sold for many years and they last a long time if you take care of them and use them as they are intended to be used.

I would recommend this leaf rake to anyone who has trees with falling leaves.  It is a handy tool to have in your garden shed.  It does not require any maintenance and it will make short work of raking leaves, if you follow my simple process steps outlined above.  Best wishes for a happy Autumn and thanks for reading my review!

Mike


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