“ Brand: Wilkinson „
I have neighbours who have large trees that shed their leaves A LOT during autumn, so my only solution was to get my self a decent leaf rake that would make the job easier during those dreaded cold afternoons of gardening.
I found this rake a couple of years ago in my local Wilkinson for £15.99 which I think is quite a good price considering it does make the job of raking a tonne easier.
The stick is made from some sort of wood coated in a very grippy rubber that is really useful when reaching out to get some leaves as it adds more control over the rake. The stick/handle is quite long so even if you are a tall person like me you will not be kneeling down like an average broomstick.
The rake itself is made from stainless steel and is very tightly stuck to the stick/handle as have used it time and time again without having any trouble. The "teeth" of the rake head are very closely stuck together so that the leaves do not slip through the gaps. I really like how the prongs are sharp as I find my self weeding weaker weeds with even knowing!!
Overall, I would say that this rake has been really helpful in effectively raking both wet leaves and dry leaves. I would definitely recommend this to any one looking for a relatively cheap rake that will do they jobs for the years to come.
As the youngster of the family, in a house which will, courtesy of autumn, be absolutely surrounded in leaves in a few months, it is my job to go outside and clear it up - in exchange for multiple things i am no doubt ungrateful for! Anyway, to do this, obviously i demand the right sort of tool for the job, and this leaf rake really does excel. There is not too much that you can say about what is essentially just a simple rake, but what i do have to say, is all positive!
The actually rake part itself is very well designed. The closeness of the rakes 'fingers' means that even the thinnest of the leaves get swept up, and it also helps to bring up all the horrible nasty mud that gets engrained into your patio with the wet leaves, as they are all close together. It is made from stainless steel also, which is a massive positive, as it means that you do not really have to worry about durability - as you know that that type of material is going to excel in that respect. Wilkinson are also obviously are very recognised and well known brand, so the product is always going to be unlikely to ever let you down on a cold autumn morning.
Another positive part of the product. The handle has an extra thickly coated shaft, meaning that it can be very comfortable to grip. Obviously there is nothing worse than spending a few hours out in the garden and coming in with absolutely wrecked hands and fingers, so this comfort grip really does add to the product. It is also about the right length, as you never feel detached from the product, you always seem to have good control, and it allows you to get the job done quickly.
To be honest, this was purchased by my parents, and i have absolutely no clue what a rake would usually retail at. This is about £30 i think, which to me seems a bit steep, but if this is the going rate, then i would certainly recommend, as it does the job very wel..
A basic, and probably quite boring, product, but one that does the job perfectly. If you need a leaf rake, i would not hesitate in recommending this. Back to more interesting reviews tomorrow, i promise, unless your a rake enthusiast...which i really doubt!
Our house is surrounded both front and back with medium sized trees which shed their leaves every year and make both the front and back gardens look like war zones and while raking them up sometimes feels like a pointless task as still more get blown in our direction it is something that has to be done as the leaves can smother plants and turn to a mulch when the rain comes.
I trust the Wilkinson Sword range of gardening tools as they are reasonably priced, this rake cost me £15.99, and they are well made and get the job done. It has a long handle which gives it a good range however it does mean that for little old me I'm sometimes having to slide my hands down the shaft when raking leaves up that are close to me. It is a wooden handle with a rubber coating on it which makes it comfortable to grip and not hard on your hands. I tend to wear gardening gloves anyway and therefore the extra grip is useful.
The rake itself is stainless steel and has a nice wide set of prongs however they are set quite close to each other so this rake is effective on leaves and grass cuttings. It has a long reach and is very easy to use, what I like is that the prongs are reasonably rigid so you do not have to apply a lot of force when using this and yet you still gather up a lot of debris. The tips of the spokes are quite sharp which helps with the collection of weeds and leaves but as the product is quite lightweight you do not end up ploughing the lawn as you rake.
This is another good quality product from Wilkinson Sword and given the great value I certainly recommend it.
As it's that time of year again I have been busy trying to keep my garden under control. We have grass which seems to grow at a rate of knots really and I seem to end up cutting it on an almost weekly basis at this time of year. As the lawn mower that we have isn't the best quality ever I tend to end up mowing the lawn, emptying the grass box about 30 times and then using a rake to tidy up the rest of the loose grass. I then place this all on the compost heap, which is always overflowing at this time of year! Prior to owning this rake I had a plastic one that just did not seem to do a thorough enough job for my liking so when my husband picked this up for me, after weeks of me moaning about the back breaking task, I was very pleased!
This rake is well sized and is ideal for myself (5 foot 7 inches) or my husband (5 foot 11 inches) to use. The handle is a decent length so either of us can be comfortable when using this. I no longer have to spend half my time crouched over just to rake up some leaves or grass. I can get a good grip on the handle and it's comfortable enough that I don't hurt my hand while using it. In the cooler days it can be a little uncomfortable because it's cold but I usually rectify this with a nice thick pair of gardening gloves anyway so it's fine. The actual area of the rake is large and it takes me a lot less strokes to rake up the mess than it ever did before. The prongs of the rake are strong, thick and yet incredibly flexible. This rake works very well at making a nice big pile and it doesn't end up with loads of leaves or grass stuck on the end as I often found with the plastic one. The motion I have to use now is very fluid and simple making it so much more effortless compared to what I was using before.
It's fair to say that I have been very pleased with the quality of this rake. It's strong, sturdy and cuts through the stacks of grass and leaves with ease. My garden is not left in bad condition though and as long as I am not too rigorous when using this the grass is not damaged or cut up at all. The rake feels comfortable, especially when I wear my gardening gloves, and I'm just generally really pleased that my husband brought this rake home for me. I am not exactly sure of the price to the penny but believe he paid around £23.00 from a local garden centre here on the border of Wales.
Last autumn when the leaves finally fell off the trees and clogged up my lawn yet again, I decided that my cheap plastic tooth leaf rake that I normally used to clean them up needed replacing, since most of the prongs had long since broken off. At the time, there seemed to be a variety of different leaf rake styles and designs on the market, but I wanted one that was going to be tough and durable, and would at least last me for a couple of years.
I came across this Wilkinson Sword model in our local DIY shop in town and was quite impressed by the overall design. So parting with the princely sum of £27, I soon became the owner of a new Wilkinson Sword Leaf Rake. Of note, since buying it, I have noted a whole range of prices for this model, from around £22 up to £35 plus. So it would be worth shopping around to see where you can get the best price.
But what is so good about this leaf rake? Well for a start, the name 'Wilkinson Sword' is synonymous with shaving razors or steel knives, and seems to have a long history of association with quality items. So if they were going to put their name to this item, then it must be fairly good - and just to ensure that you know it is by them, they have emblazoned the name 'Wilkinson Sword' across the front. The handle part itself is a sort of light weight stainless steel shaft, providing both strength and durability to the rake, and also ensures that it is not going to rust and look tatty after a few months of use. In addition, it is also quite long, which makes it more comfortable to use raking up the leaves. An added bonus is that they have also coated the upper half of the handle with a sort of rubber padded coating, which initially enables you to get a better grip of the rake, but also ensures that it remains comfortable to hold if you are using it for long durations. At the top end of the handle they have also provided a little hook/holder type affair which means that you can easily hang it up in your garage or shed for ease of storage (I actually have it hanging on a nail on the back of my shed door).
Now coming down to the business end you have the rake itself. Leaf rakes are meant to have wide heads which means, it will take less strokes across your lawn in order to rake the fallen leaves into a pile, and this Wilkinson Sword model is no exception, with a very nice wide head. The prongs themselves are a black plastic type and fan out from the middle. In the past I have used leaf rakes that have had metal prongs, and whilst they are great for scraping up the leaves from your lawn, they also tended to rip into the surface of your lawn as well, ripping up the grass and exposing the soil, allowing the weeds and moss to get in and take hold. With this Wilkinson Sword model, the ends of the plastic prongs are fairly wide and rounded, meaning that it won't rip into the surface of your lawn so much. But equally, each prong is design to be slightly sprung loaded. So as you drag the rake across the ground, the prongs adjust to take up the shape (within reason) of the surface of your lawn, and the spring loading ensures that the prongs have sufficient contact with the ground to enable the rake to gather up the leaves with each sweep across your lawn.
In use, I found it to be quite easy and comfortable to use. You find that the long handle is a bonus because it gives you so much more reach to get under bushes and trees to collect up the leaves. The padded on the handle is also quite comfortable to use for long durations. One of the worries I initially had with this rubber coating was that it may peel off with time and use, but this has definitely not been the case with this model, and despite extensive use, it is still in very good condition and still firmly fixed to the shaft.
In summary, whilst you could perhaps get a different make of lawn rake for a little less, what you are getting here with this Wilkinson Sword model is a quality designed product that has been well thought out. Little touches like the extra long padded handle with the hanging hook on the top, and the rounded ends of the spring loaded prongs make this rake a joy to use rather than a chore. Having the stainless steel handle and the tough plastic prongs mean that this rake is not going to turn into an unsightly broken rust heap in a few years time, but will ensure that it will last you for many years to come.
This rake is a quality item and one that comes highly recommended.
Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
So in the summer I like to do a bit of gardening at my own place and also elsewhere to earn a bit of extra cash. The one tool that I never look forward to using is the rake - until I found this one! This is because they always seem to fall apart and everyone seems to have some vintage rake in their garden tool shed, which is falling apart. This rake is made by Wilkinson Sword, who are reasonably good at producing garden tools.
It has a very good long handle so you don't have to strain your back too much when using it. The handle is of a pretty normal circumference, so it's easy to hold for most hands. There is a good rubber coating along the handle, which does improve the comfort aspect but it's still not ideal. It does hurt your hand after a while so I'd recommend using some sort of gardening gloves whilst using the rake - they don't have to be the thick gloves, a thin pair will do!
The rake itself is of excellent quality and is pretty sturdy. The individual stainless steel rods fan out from the bottom half region of the rake's handle. The whole attachment is pretty sturdy and the individual rods aren't too distorted even when raking through quite tough material and leaves.
This rake will set you back around £27 online, which isn't too bad as I've had mine for many months now and it's still working well and has taken little damage. The fan itself is of a reasonable size, meaning you can rake quite a wide line of ground at once, which saves time! The individual rods are reinforced by another piece of metal stretching across them as they fan out. So overall I would recommend this rake as an addition to your garden tools as it's of good quality and works well at a fair price.
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As I have mentioned in some reviews that I have already written I am positive that it is far better to pay a little bit more and invest in good quality gardening equipment, I have bought some inexpensive spades and forks and have always lived to rue the day, they just don't seem to last long.
Every gardener will have a rake but most garden lovers will own two rakes. One is the normal soil rake that we use in the borders etc. and the other is the much larger leaf rake that we inevitably turn to when the leaves begin to fall.
I love Autumn but I am always extremely wary of the falling leaves, I won't let them lay there for too long because they get wet and can become very slippery, lets face it who wants to trip the light fantastic on a bed of slippery leaves.
When you have swept up the leaves then you don't have to waste them, they can go onto the compost heap.
Wilkinson's Sword tools take a lot of beating, you pay more but you are buying a far superior garden tool.
The Wilkinson's Sword stainless steel leaf rake costs around about £20 but that rake will last you for many years to come.
The leaf rake may be a stranger to some, it looks very different from the ordinary garden rake. It has longer tines that are sprung to allow for flexibility when using.
The Wilkinson's Sword leaf rake has a good long stainless steel handle that has a rubber coated grip running along the top two thirds of it, this rubber grip feels soft to the touch and it helps to cushion your hands and protect them when you are sweeping.
The leaf rake has many long `springy` tines that move in order to help you sweep up those unwanted leaves.
But the garden rake is also useful for sweeping up any other debris that may have been blown in.
The Wilkinson's Sword leaf rake is extremely lightweight and it is very comfortable to hold, I find that the handle has plenty of length and that in turn means that I am not bent over double trying to do the job.
When you use the leaf rake you only need to rest the tip of the tines on the grass, if you dig the tines into the ground then you will make the job very hard work !
The lightweight stainless steel rake is easy to handle and it is easy to manoevre, the springy tines can make the rake bounce along the grass.
Let the rake do the work, hold the comfortable rubber grip and then just let the rake glide across the grass, you may well have to go over a heavily covered patch a couple of times but even Wilkinson's Sword aren't capable of miracles.
But I have another good use for my Wilkinson's leaf rake - I have a long hedge that has to be trimmed and when it is in full spurt it can be a nightmare job. Once I have trimmed the hedge I then use the leaf rake to gather up all of the hedge clippings, it is the perfect tool for the job.
Don't forget to clean the leaf rake before you put it back into the shed, the Wilkinson's sword leaf rake has a nifty little hanging hole that lets you stick it on a nail.
If you want a garden rake that is going to be with you for years to come then you won't go far wrong with what Wilkinson's Sword has to offer.
When I moved into my new property almost two years ago I adored the large sprawling garden. I am very lucky to have moved here and it really is the garden of my dreams with ample room for me to grow lots of vegetables, have a fairly large flower garden and there's even a small woodland at the bottom edge of my garden which I am very proud of.
I moved in at the beginning of summer and had an idyllic few months just pottering around the garden, enjoying the shade of the trees and planning all the alterations I was going to undertake. It was blissful. Well, until we had an end of summer storm that is. When I awoke the next morning I looked out at my beautiful garden and saw a sea of leaves, wondering how on earth any of those blasted trees (remember, 24 hours previously I had adored every tree in the garden!) still had any green on their branches!
After remembering my old leaf rake had accidentally gone on the bonfire the previous year (don't ask!) I went and knocked my neighbour to see if she possibly had one I could borrow. After laughing at the silly townie who moves into a rural location and doesn't expect leaves, she lent me this Wilkinson Sword Leaf Rake and it was so good on that occasion that the very same day I ordered myself one from www.amazon.co.uk for £25, although it's £5 cheaper now.
This is honestly the best leaf rake I've ever used. It makes light work of clearing up the leaves in my garden quite simply because it's such a comfortable rake to hold and the fact that the plastic head is a little wider than usual, allowing me to cover more of the lawn with each sweep.
The handle is longer than those on other leaf rakes I've owned and this prevents the need for ducking and stooping, also I find I can more easily get between the trees and underneath shrubs to ensure my garden is as leaf free as possible. The entire handle is rubber coated and this means no blisters or chafing on my palms while raking, this did happen once when I used a particularly cheap leaf rake as the handle was so rough that it actually took a little skin from my hands!
The soft grip covering also means the leaf rake isn't likely to slip from your hands if you're particularly vigorous when it comes to ridding the lawn of excess leaves!
The head of the leaf rake is plastic and tough enough to sweep up plenty of leaves, cut weeds and mown grass without so much as the thin arms bending - much less falling out all over the place as happened when I used the cheap rake I mentioned earlier! It doesn't damage the lawn however; I had initially been a little concerned about this as there seemed to be so little give in the arms, but even when I am having to sweep harder than usual there are never any blemishes in my lawn at all and the rake also doesn't drag up the grass by it's roots which was another thing I had worried about.
As with all lawn rakes the size does take a little getting used to, but I quickly got into a rhythm with my sweeping and now I can clear my garden in half the time it took me when I first bought the rake. This does seem very well balanced however and despite the low centre of gravity it's very easy to manoeuvre around and as I have already said is extremely comfortable to hold. I also find the rake makes it easy to move all the leaves around into manageable piles ready to be either bagged up or added to the compost bin, it will comfortably collect large bundles of leaves and also the odd stray leaf or two which may have been missed.
Other considerations are the fact that this is stainless steel so isn't likely to rust (very important because of the outdoors nature of this tool) and also the useful hanging hook which avoids having to simply lean it against the wall as these things always fall over at the merest breath of wind. I hang mine in the shed and because it's such a flat item it takes up barely and room and is easy at hand whenever I need to clear up the never ending fall of leaves.
When I first saw the house I now live in, one of the selling points was the garden. I was seduced by the forest outlook and, at first sight, the lawn and shrubs looked relatively low maintenance. How naive I was.
As Autumn came I discovered that three mature oak trees shed, literally tonnes of leaves and I found out the hard way that actually to rake leaves you do need a proper leaf rake, a garden rake or hoping the problem will go away just won't do.
This wasn't actually my first leaf rake, I bought a cheaper rubbish one first that really didn't do the job and broke. As the leaves fell thick and fast a trip to Robert Dyas ensued where I parted, somewhat reluctantly with about £20 for this tool. When I got it home I found that it did do the job really well. The handle is long so you can get a good reach and stainless steel so it is quite light and won't rust. The prongs are springy and made of plastic so they don't break and do scoop up leaves into piles that my children then invariably re-distribute around the garden. The teeth of the rake don't damage further what I loosely call my "lawn", a rather pitiful affair of moss and some grass.
The grip of the rake makes it as comfortable as I guess a rake could be to use, and the plastic prongs do actually move the leaves well which a steel garden rake just doesn't. The rake has "Wilkinson Sword" emblazoned on it - I am not sure who make the rake now, until recently Fiskars actually owned the licence but they no longer do - in any case the Wilkinson Sword name is well known and the reason why I bought this in the first place. It apparently has a lifetime guarantee. (Random Wikipedia fact that I haven't been able to verify - Wilkinson Sword apparently started by making er swords in 1722).
In Autumn I probably spend about an hour every other day raking with this, which is probably great exercise if a bit repetitive. This slightly more expensive rake has held up well so far with a lot of use in Autumn, using it is still hard work and depressingly I probably rake up about 60 or more bags of leaves over the season, only for them to grow and fall all over again - well I guess that is gardening for you!
In conclusion I would say do buy this rake for your raking up leaf needs, it is much better than cheaper versions, just think long and hard if you are acquiring a garden with lots of trees in - I wish the leaves would pick themselves up or blow away or something but as they don't this does the job.
It is quite hard to find leaf rakes in my area - perhaps as there are lots of trees, but apart from Robert Dyas this was also available at the time of purchase from Argos.
Stainless steel leaf rake ideal for collecting leaves and debris from the garden. The extra thick rubber-coated shaft and softgrip handle provides added grip and comfort during use.