I don’t know about you, but raking leaves is not on my list of fun yard activities. Recently had an opportunity to meet with the team at Ames / True Temper as they travel the country talking to customers about what they would like to see in a rake. So many choices! Here’s a list of some of the features to look for:
- handle length
- handle material (wood, plastic or metal)
- padding on the handle (or not)
- rake head shape (triangular or square)
- rake head material (metal, plastic)
Whew! Exhausted just trying to decide which one to choose. After raking leaves with a team and reviewing and discussing options, we agreed that our favorites were the ones that felt sturdy, but were light in weight. The all plastic rakes seemed flimsy and cheap. is a nice basic rake, not fancy, but didn’t seem like it would hold up with extreme raking.
The ones with a metal handle were cold (wearing gloves would fix that or having a padded handle) but could be a little heavier. I was very impressed with the rake specifically designed for kids
The fiberglass handle model
is nice and sturdy. Quite a bit more money though, so decide how much you will be raking to see if it’s worth it.
My personal favorite is the all metal You will need to wear gloves since it has the metal handle, but it is very durable and the smaller head seems more maneuverable.
One other feature to look for is warranty. Some have a 1 year warranty, others can range up to lifetime. Over the years, this has become an important feature for us. Often, buying the right tool with a lifetime warranty, even though it’s more money, is very much worth it. Just make sure you have a system to track your product warranties.