Leaf Rake Product Review

20171206_133028Fan rakes are used for more than leaves, and that is what gets most of us into trouble. Instead of fighting with bent out pieces of spring steel or brittle bamboo, you can buy a brand new fan rake for the price of you and your sweetheart going to a movie.

I’m not sure if that’s an accurate statement or not. I don’t get out much and, to be honest, I don’t remember the last movie I saw in a theater.

However, Mrs. Cunha probably remembers and would be glad to remind me.

To her credit, Mrs. Cunha encourages my tool buying habit. In our younger years, she learned to buy the heavy duty equipment after I burned out two electric chainsaws in three years. A little pain in the present prevents catastrophic failure in the future, when a tool is pushed to its limits.

I’m a Husqvarna man, but when the logger select-cutting my fire-damaged stand of white oak referred to my baby as a “butter knife,” my competitive streak kicked in. I’m now eyeing one of the big boy 461 models from Stihl.

Like being an drunk, the first step is admitting that I have a problem.

“Hi, I’m Carlos and I’m a tool-aholic.”

For the paltry sum of twenty dollars (.001198 Bitcoin, if you’re that sort), Mrs. Cunha replaced several previous fan rakes that failed to go the distance; thwacky-cracky bamboo, springy-sprangy steel, and bendy-snappy plastic.

20171206_133022This True Temper fan rake is a tough customer. It’s a bit heavier than I would like. Having said that, the trade off is the sheer amount of material it is able to gather up. We took turns working it hard. Leaves and twigs were gathered up easily, both is short grass and long. The tines are stiff enough to pull up partially buried yard debris, while working between tufts of grass we wanted to leave behind.

The wooden handle painted to look metallic does not impress me, but the end you swing it by has a medium density foam grip that lends a good amount of comfort to the chore of raking.

I raked out the sheep pen with it and was impressed at how clear a swath it left behind. It didn’t gather as much of the sheep poop as I would have liked because of the relative size of pellets to the tine spacing, but once they picked up some hay, a reasonable amount was left behind.

Where this rake really shinned was its ability to dig down and pull apart compacted chicken litter from the coop. The sharp points and stiff tines pushed right down to the floor and pulled everything out of the coop in a handful of motions.

20171206_133044The label says there is a fifteen year warranty, but like most such claims, I will believe it when I see it. This isn’t to say True Temper won’t honor their promise. I just haven’t had need to ask them, which is testament to their confidence in offering a long warranty.

My guess would be that leaving it out in the weather or exposed to sunlight for long periods will shorten its life, but so far, I’m pleased with this product and recommend it.


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