Introduction

Raking and collecting autumn leaves can be a tiresome chore. Why not consider buying a lawn sweeper? It definitely makes the job a lot easier. Lawn sweepers are not only useful in autumn, they can be used all year round for cleaning and collecting debris from your lawn. When purchasing a lawn sweeper, there are a few things you need to consider. First is the width of the sweeper, the wider it is the more efficient it will be. The other thing to consider is the hitch, which connects the sweeper to your lawn tractor, and you must choose a model that allows you to make height adjustments. What size lawn sweeper you choose will depend on the size of your lawn. A lawn sweeper is a great investment which will make the job of raking leaves a lot easier.

 

B00B7E75VU Agri-Fab 45-0492 Lawn Sweeper, 44-Inch
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Brinly STS-427LXH 20 Cubic Feet Tow Behind Lawn Sweeper, 42-Inch
B004QHG1II Ohio Steel 50SWP26 Pro Sweeper, 50″/26 cu. ft
B00SGV34L2 Ohio Steel 42SWP22 Sweeper Spiral Brush, 42″/22 cu. ft.

 

B00004RANC Agri-Fab 45-0218 26-Inch Push Lawn Sweeper

 

B0001YAY42 Agri-Fab 45-0320 42-Inch Tow Lawn Sweeper

 

B009L1LJZE Yardwise 23630-YW Sweep It 21-Inch Push Lawn Sweeper

 

B006TPU65Y Ohio Steel 42LS Sweeper, 42″/18 cu. ft.

 

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John Deere 42 in. 24 cu. ft. Tow-Behind Lawn Sweeper

 

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Yard Tuff YTF-42STQA Quick Assembly Lawn Sweeper, 42″

 

 

How to choose the Best Lawn Sweeper

What are Lawn Sweepers?

Lawn sweepers are mostly used in autumn and spring when leaves and other debris blow onto your lawn. They can do a lot more than just pick up leaves. You can use them to collect lawn clipping after mowing or as a general lawn grooming tool. Some can even be adapted to de-thatch and also mow and clean at the same time.

 

 

Types of Lawn Sweepers

Lawn sweepers come in three different types, power sweepers, push sweepers and tow-behind sweepers. Most lawn sweepers come with a hopper which collects the debris and is easy to empty out for discarding.

Power Sweepers

The power sweepers, which are also called grass sweepers, can either be gas or electric powered. These are especially useful if you have a large lawn as they are self-propelled and don’t need much effort to push. These sweepers can include a shredding device which will reduce the amount of debris by half. The brushes, which are motorized can pick up larger amounts of leaves. They are however heavy and can be a bit noisy.

Push sweepers

This type of lawn sweeper is the most common and requires that you push them while walking across the lawn. This is the simplest of all lawn sweepers and the brushes sweep the leaves into a hopper, which is then emptied out. When it comes to push sweepers, it is best to choose a good quality one that will not require going over the lawn more than once. Push sweepers require minimal maintenance.

Tow-behind lawn sweepers

Tow behind lawn sweepers require some sort of vehicle to pull them and they are obviously not suitable for small yards. These sweepers come with adjustable hitches so that you can attach them to a lawn tractor or other vehicle. They are wider than push sweepers and can sweep and catch a lot more debris with one pass. The hoppers on the tow behind lawn sweepers are also larger, and can be emptied out easily. This type of lawn sweeper is recommended for large lawns.

How Does a Lawn Sweeper Work?

Leaves that have fallen onto your lawn and left there for a long period of time can actually damage your lawn. It is essential that you sweep and remove the debris regularly and a lawn sweeper will be a great help when doing this. Lawn sweepers are basically a rotating shaft that has brushes which sweep your lawn as they pass over. The debris is lifted and thrown into the sweeper’s hopper which then needs to be emptied out.

Sweeper Attachments

Some lawn sweepers come with attachments that you can use for plowing, raking hauling and spreading. The attachment for spreading is extremely useful when you want to add fertilizer to your lawn. Some even mow the lawn and sweep at the same time.

Lawn Sweeper Tips

Before using your lawn sweeper, make sure that the lawn and the sweeper are dry. This will make it easier for the sweeper to collect the debris. Use your sweeper often and don’t let the mess of leaves get out of control. If you are using a powered sweeper avoid using it at high speed, especially on uneven ground.

Maintenance

To keep your lawn sweeper in good shape, empty out the hopper frequently so that it does not overfill while in use. Once you have finished the job empty out the hopper completely and hose it down. Leaving damp leaves in the hopper for a long period of time will result in mold and mildew formation.

Out top 10 Lawn Sweepers

1 Agri-Fab 45-0492 Lawn Sweeper, 44-Inch

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The Agri-Fab 45-0492 is a tow behind lawn sweeper which has an adjustable hitch which attaches to a lawn tractor. It comes with a 25 cubic foot hopper which can be lifted and emptied from the tractor without having to get down. The sweeper has a pull button height adjustment for the brush which allows you to set it at optimum height.

 

The Agri-Fab 45-0492 can also be set to cut and clean at the same time. This unit comes with strong and durable brushes that can collect heavier debris like pine cones and grass clippings. The patented off-set hitch is what makes it possible to mow and sweep the lawn at the same time. The Agri-Fab 45-0492 is easy to assemble with only two nuts and bolts. If you need to de-thatch, just add the Agri-Fab de-thatcher which will clear dead organic matter which has settled during winter. The sweeper collapses and folds for easy storage.

 

Pros

  • Mower and sweeper
  • Large hopper
  • De-thatcher
  • Effortless disposal of debris
  • Adjustable hitch

Cons

  • Plastic gear and wheels
  • Poor instructions

 

2 Brinly STS-427LXH 20 Cubic Feet Tow Behind Lawn Sweeper, 42-Inch

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The Brinly STS-427LXH is a tow behind lawn sweeper that comes with adjustable hitches that need to be attached to a lawn tractor. This model has a 42 inch wide sweep and a large 20 cubic foot hopper, which makes this lawn sweeper ideal for large lawns. The high velocity brushes are adjustable and you can set them to the desired height. The Brinly STS-427LXH is the ideal sweeper for all types of leaves, pine needles and grass. Once the hopper is full you can empty it out into a bin without having to get of the tractor. All you need to do to empty the hopper, is pull the t-handle ergonomic pull rope.

 

Adjusting the brushes is made easy with the twist-lock height adjustment system that this unit has. The hopper is made from durable poly-weave fabric and is big enough to hold an impressive amount of debris. For storage the sweeper collapses into an upright position for easy storage. This Brinly product is covered by a 2 year limited warranty. Once you buy it you have to register with them on their official website for the warranty to be in force.

 

Pros

  • Adjustable hitches
  • Large sweep
  • Large hopper
  • Minimal storage
  • High velocity brushes
  • Easy unloading

Cons

  • Adjusting know too loose
  • Instructions not clear

 

 

3 Ohio Steel 50SWP26 Pro Sweeper, 50″/26 cu. ft

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Ohio Steel has been manufacturing high quality lawn care products for half a century. The Ohio Steel 50SWP26 is another tow behind lawn sweeper that needs to be connected to a lawn tractor to work. This is a large, professional grade model which is suitable for large lawns. The capacity of the hopper or collecting bag is 26 cubic feet, and this heavy duty bag can be emptied with the pull rope without having to get down from the tractor.

 

This sweeper has an extra wide chute which will not clog up with damp grass cuttings.

The extra wide 50 inch sweeping width will allow you to clean your lawn quickly and efficiently. The Ohio Steel 50SWP26 has a patented polypropylene spiral brush, which is adjustable with a non-slip, 3 position, height adjusting lever which will lock into place. The hopper is removable and the whole unit is easy to dismantle for quick and compact storage.

 

Pros

  • Professional grade sweeper
  • Large durable hopper
  • Patented spiral brush
  • Adjusting lever non-slip
  • Easy off loading
  • Compact storage

 

Cons

  • Rubber around wheel unstable

 

4 Ohio Steel 42SWP22 Sweeper Spiral Brush, 42″/22 cu. ft.

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This unit is made in the USA, by Ohio Steel which has been producing lawn maintenance equipment for over 50 years. The Ohio Steel 42SWP22 is considered to be a professional grade lawn sweeper and is suitable for large lawns. The heavy duty hopper has a capacity of 22 cubic feet and the 42 inch sweeping width makes it possible to cover a larger area at a time. The Ohio Steel lawn sweeper has a patented, polypropylene spiral brush, which works very efficiently to lift and remove debris from your lawn.

 

This tow behind sweeper allows you to empty out the hopper from your seat on the lawn tractor. The Ohio Steel 42SWP22 has an extra wide chute which does not clog up with wet clippings. With a 5 position hitch attachment, you can connect this sweeper to all types of vehicles. This unit also has sealed ball bearings on brush axle and is collapsible for compact storage. Height setting adjustment lever locks into position and does not vibrate.

 

Pros

  • Professional grade sweeper
  • Large hopper
  • Adjustable height
  • Easy offloading
  • Multi use hitch attachment
  • Sealed ball bearings
  • 42 inch sweep
  • Easy storage

 

Cons

  • Difficult to assemble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Agri-Fab 45-0218 26-Inch Push Lawn Sweeper

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The Agri-Fab 45-0218 is a push lawn sweeper that weighs only 25 pounds, which makes it easy to push. The hopper which is detachable, has a capacity of 7 cubic feet. This compact push lawn sweeter is ideal for small lawns and is light enough to hang up for storage. The Agri-Fab 45-0218 has adjustable settings so that you can set the height above the ground and the sweeper is 26 inches wide. It is an easy sweeper to use and the ideal model for small yards.

 

The housing of this unit is made out of durable polypropylene and the frame is constructed with zinc. The collection bag can be replaced when you need another one. The unit comes with a 3 year limited warranty for your peace of mind. Using the Agri-Fab 45-0218 will cut down your yard work by half and it is a simple push sweeper which you walk behind and push over your lawn. Be aware that this unit will not work well over wet grass.

 

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Polypropylene housing
  • Zinc frame
  • Replaceable hopper
  • Easy to store
  • 3 year warranty

 

Cons

  • Hopper is small
  • Difficult to assemble

 

6 Agri-Fab 45-0320 42-Inch Tow Lawn Sweeper

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The Agri-Fab 45-0320 is a tow lawn sweeper which needs to be pulled by a lawn tractor or other vehicle. This model has a 12 cubic foot capacity hopper which can be emptied out from the tractor without the need to get off. The brush height is easily adjusted and the brush is replaceable when the time comes for it to be changed. This is a great sweeper for large lawns and it picks up most of the debris on your lawn with one sweep. The sweep is extra wide with a 42 inch width.

 

This sweeper has two semi-pneumonic tires which can ride over most terrains. The windscreen provided prevents leaves from blowing back onto the ground under windy conditions. The hitch pin, which is included can be hooked on any type of vehicle that can tow this sweeper and the brush only works in a forward motion. The Agri-Fab 45-0320 is manufactured in the USA and comes with a three year limited warranty.

 

Pros

  • 12 cubic foot hopper
  • 42 inch sweep
  • Adjustable brush
  • Pneumonic tires
  • Windscreen protection

 

Cons

  • Bulky to store

 

 

 

7 Yardwise 23630-YW Sweep It 21-Inch Push Lawn Sweeper

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The Yardwise 23630-YW is a push lawn sweeper that is lightweight and easy to push. It comes with a 26 gallon removable hopper or collection bag. This type of lawn sweeper is more suited for small to medium sized lawns. The 21 inch wide sweeper is adequate for smaller spaces and it also comes with a height adjustment dial for maximum efficiency. The Yardwise is easy to fold up for compact storage.

 

This is the ideal solution for small lawns and it will save you a lot of time and effort. The sweeper glides over the grass and picks up small and light debris. It cannot be used on wet grass or on paving and it is advisable to wear safety goggles when sweeping in case debris flies backward and hits you in the eyes. Some people may see this unit as too small, but if you are looking for a larger capacity lawn sweeper then you should upgrade to the tow behind models.

 

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Lightweight
  • Easy storage
  • Removable hopper
  • Easy to assemble

 

Cons

  • Leaves fly out of hopper

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Ohio Steel 42LS Sweeper, 42″/18 cu. ft.

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The Ohio Steel 42LS is a tow behind type of lawn sweeper that is suitable for medium to large lawns. This model has a 4 prong hitch which will fit any type of vehicle. The sweeper size is 42 inches wide and the high density 11 inch brush has polypropylene bristles that push up the leaves and debris into the hopper. The capacity of the hopper is 18 cubic feet and it is made with a polyester fabric with reinforced edges and high quality mesh.

 

The hopper can be emptied while sitting in the tractor by simply reversing to the area you are dumping the debris and pulling the rope that will tilt the collection bag and empty it out. The body of this sweeper is made out of heavy duty steel and it has sealed steel ball bearing on the brush axle. The 42L S lawn sweeper from Ohio Steel has a 9 inch chute which will not clog up with damp leaves. The height adjuster locks into place and will not slip out while in use. For storage the hopper collapses and can be removed. This is another high quality lawn sweeper from the well-known USA based Ohio Steel.

 

Pros

  • 4 prong hitch
  • 42 inch sweeper
  • Easy dumping of debris
  • 18 cubic feet hopper
  • Heavy duty steel body
  • 9 inch chute
  • Hopper collapsible

Cons

  • None

 

 

9 John Deere LP42108 42 in. 24 cu. ft. Tow-Behind Lawn Sweeper

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The John Deere tow behind lawn sweeper is tow behind type that has to be pulled by a lawn tractor or other vehicle. This model has a 6 adjustable brush design and a 42 inch sweep which makes it very efficient at picking up all sorts of debris from your lawn. The hopper has a 24 cubic foot capacity and it can be emptied directly into a bin or compost heap with the convenient pull cord, directly from the tractor while you are seated.

 

The John Deer lawn sweeper has a patented self-storing feature which will allow you to store the unit hanging or upright. Consistent brush to ground contact stops the sweeper from skipping and the brushes lift up between strokes for maximum impact and lifting of debris which is then loaded into the hopper. With this sweeper you will rarely have to go over the same patch of lawn twice. A de-thatcher kit is available to purchase separately. The LP42108 has a one year limited warranty.

 

Pros

  • 6 adjustable brush design
  • 42 inch sweep
  • 24 cubic feet hopper
  • Easy to dump debris
  • Easy to store upright
  • 1 year warranty

Cons

  • Packaging

 

10 Yard Tuff YTF-42STQA Quick Assembly Lawn Sweeper, 42″

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The Yard Tuff YTF-42STQA is tow behind lawn sweeper with a 42 inch sweeper that has a wide reach, which makes this model ideal for larger lawns. This unit comes with 4 brushes which are adjustable so you can set it to the right height. The pin style hitch has spacers which you can attach to your lawn tractor or ATV. The hopper is made out of mesh and has a capacity of 13 cubic feet. To empty the bag once it is full you can tip it into a dustbin directly from you tractor by using the pull rope.

 

The YTF-42STQA is made out of steel and has a powder coated finish. The wheels are solid and can be driven over any terrain. The Yard Tuff YTF-42STQA is quick and easy to fold up and store. This a very reliable and efficient lawn sweeper which will collect a lot of debris from your lawn in one clean sweep. This is also due to the 10 inch brushes that performs at a 4:1 ratio. This lawn sweeper comes with a high percentage of great reviews.

 

Pros

  • 42 inch sweeper
  • Adjustable height
  • 13 cubic feet hopper
  • Effortless dumping of debris
  • Easy storage
  • 4 10 inch brushes

 

Cons

  • Difficult to assemble

 

 

Our top choice of the best Lawn Sweeper

 

The Ohio Steel 42LS is our top choice when it comes to lawn sweepers. Buying from a well-known and respected company that has been manufacturing lawn maintenance equipment for over 50 years, allows us to recommend this product with confidence. The 42LS is a tow behind lawn sweeper that is suitable for large lawns. It has a large 42 inch sweeper and an 18 cubic feet hopper and works very efficiently. Made out of heavy duty steel and sealed ball bearing on the brush axle, this unit is sure to last for many years