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This is a tool that I mainly used in the autumn in order to keep the lawn tidy and free from fallen leaves. It still has its uses now but it does not get as much use as it did in the beginning of the year. I was hoping that the rake could also be used for raking up moss from the grass and keeping the lawn weed free, however this is not very successful at doing that and it is only really suited for fallen leaves. The tines are quite thick and as the whole thing is quite light, there is not enough pressure to push the tines into the lawn and rake things up. It makes a smashing job of leaves though!
==Price and availability==
I bought this from Tesco direct and I paid £16 which is probably a little more expensive than other leaf rakes however I liked this one because it came with spare tines meaning the lifespan of the rake is greatly increased.
The rake has a long handle that is made from aluminium which is strong but lightweight. The handle has a soft grip cover on the bottom of the handle so it is comfortable to hold. The tines are thicker than ones I have used previously but they feel quite sturdy. The head is a good size and you can cover quite a bit of distance with the rake, If you flip the rake over you will notice that there are a number of spare tines. There are six to be precise. This is good as they do break, although none of mine have yet but they will and then I can go and replace them, making the rake as good as new.
This is only good for lawns and for collecting leaves. It can not be used on hard surfaces as the tines will break and you should really only press on lightly with the rake or you will break the tines completely. The rake is very easy to handle and due to the grip on the end of the handle, it is really easy to hold and move. I like how light it is but you still manage to get a good pile of leaves collected. You do not need long with this before all the leaves are gathered up and piled in the garden ready for the compost bin. It is rare that leaves escape between the tines but if they do, repositioning the rake usually means that you will catch the remaining ones.
I think with hindsight I would have gone for one with thinner metal tines as they would be much better at clearing moss and making the lawn not only tidy on top but under the surface.
For the price you are getting a good value tool but it only does one function, leaf clearing. It does this really well though and the leaves are soon piled high. The rake is easy to handle and by looking after it, it should last for a long time. The rake comes with spare tines for replacement but so far so good for me as I have not had any break or damage!