What Is A Lawn Sweeper?
A lawn sweeper is a machine used to remove dirt from your yard. You may have seen them in movies or television shows such as “The Jetsons.” They are usually operated by two people, one pushing the broom and another holding it while it moves across the ground. Some models have wheels so they can travel over uneven terrain like snow and ice. Other models use electric motors to move along at a faster pace.
Lawn sweepers come in different sizes and shapes. Some are small enough to fit into a car trunk while others can be carried by hand. Most lawn mowers have wheels but some models do not. There are also models that require power tools like chainsaws and drills to cut through trees and other obstacles.
How Does One Choose Which Model To Buy?
There are many factors to consider when choosing which model of lawn sweeper is right for you. These include:
Price is always a factor when buying any type of equipment. You want to make sure you get the best deal possible. If you need to replace parts, you will have to pay extra money for those items. That means if something breaks down, you’ll have to spend time searching for replacement parts and possibly spending more than necessary on repairs. This could cost more than what would be saved by purchasing a cheaper model with fewer features.
There are several different types of material used in the construction of lawn sweepers. Most of them have metal and plastic parts. There are also models that have wood parts for handles and other aesthetic purposes.
Metal parts tend to be stronger and more durable than their plastic counterparts. They are also easier to maintain, especially if you have experience working on engines and other heavy machinery.
Plastic parts are usually cheaper to manufacture. They don’t weigh as much so they are easier to transport and carry. This makes them more comfortable for people who push the machine over long periods of time.
How big is your yard?
If you have a small yard then you won’t need a large machine to get the job done. Sometimes operators can move these lawn sweepers with their feet instead of using their hands if it’s not too big or bulky. Try to take measurements of your yard before you go shopping so you’ll know how much room you have for the equipment.
Do you want a model that has a seat or one that is more like a push lawn mower?
If you’re going to be sweeping your driveway or sidewalk, you’ll want a model that has small wheels on the bottom so it can easily maneuver around sharp corners and tall rocks.
Do you just want to suck up clippings or leaves?
Some lawn sweepers can also double as a blower and mulcher. Others can be used for more than just grass clippings and leaves. There are even some models that are small enough to clip branches off of trees or clear away shrubbery.
There are plenty of accessories that come with certain lawn sweepers. If you’re a power tool enthusiast, then maybe you’ll want to get the same brand for all your yard work equipment. Most of the time these lawn sweepers are sold separately and not in sets.
The most common lawn sweeper attachments are grass bags and mulching blades. The grass bags are used for debris that you don’t want to immediately dispose of. You can either dump it into a bigger garbage bag or take it to a dumpster. The mulching blade is used for chopping up the debris so that it can be used as natural fertilizer for your yard. Chemicals are bad for the environment and your skin, so this is an easy way to help the environment and save money!
Other lawn sweepers have other accessories that can make your life easier while you work in the yard. Look for models that come with such things as tow cables and scoops.
It is always important to read the product descriptions on the seller’s page before making a final decision on what to buy. If you still have questions, then you can always contact the seller or manufacturer with any inquiries that you may have.
How Does It Work?
Lawn sweepers can be quite complex when you really get down to it. They range in size and capability just like any other piece of machinery.
You start by taking the grass bag or tray out of the catcher.
Then you put the catcher on its wheels and pull it towards your grass region. You have to make sure that this panel is completely flat on the ground so that all the grass falls into it.
You then have to position it above your grass region by extending the handle. You slowly lower the panel, taking care that it remains straight.
The grass and debris will fall down into the catcher through a series of open slats. The large pieces of debris will get stuck in the slats and can easily be removed, while the smaller pieces will fall through and collect at the bottom of the collector.
The catcher has to be emptied after each use.
Things To Consider
There are some things about lawn sweepers that you should definitely take into consideration before buying one. These features and benefits of lawn sweepers can help you to make the right decision for your yard maintenance needs.
You need to make sure that your lawn sweeper will fit into your yard when it is fully assembled. This is especially true for the riding lawn sweepers, since you need to be able to drive it around without any obstructions.
There’s no use in getting a riding lawn sweeper if your yard is too small. If you have the space for a riding lawn sweeper, then you should be able to fit in a walk behind one just fine.
The brand of lawn sweeper that you decide to buy will normally depend upon a few different factors. The most common brand for lawn sweepers is, without a doubt, Lawn Boy. They are the pioneers of this industry and have been around since Jacob Cohen first came up with the idea in the early 1900s!
If you want quality equipment then you might consider one of the other popular lawn sweeper brands such as Agri-Fab or Westinghouse.
Sources & references used in this article:
Lawn sweeper attachment by CJ Henry – US Patent 3,134,118, 1964 – Google Patents
Lawn sweeper by GW Dunham – US Patent 2,727,264, 1955 – Google Patents
Lawn edger having cuttings collection means by LV Price – US Patent 3,475,887, 1969 – Google Patents
Lawn sweeper constructed for upright storage and having an adjustable hitch clevis assembly by BE Bogart, JD Scobee, BA Thomas – US Patent 6,640,532, 2003 – Google Patents
Lawn sweeper by J Peters – US Patent App. 10/256,207, 2004 – Google Patents