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Once upon a time, in days of yore, when LOL meant Lots of Love, milk arrived on your doorstep in glass bottles, and an Apple was a thing that kept the doctor away rather than something that costs £450 and irradiates your brain, we had things called carpet sweepers. These were analogue, manual machines that used revolving brushes to pick up dust and bits from your ghastly brown swirly pattered carpet. They were cheap but, certainly in my memory, pretty effective; and very useful if you were a student and a vacuum cleaner was way out of your price range and you finally had to clear up after that impromptu party… three weeks later. Of course, being quiet, you could also use them at at two o’clock in the morning when, after a heavy night at the Student’s Union, giving the floor a sweep when you come home and have dropped your kebab all over it might seem a good idea; whereas using a vacuum cleaner would have caused the bruiser downstairs to come up and give you a knuckle sandwich to go with your large doner.
Wheeled Lawn and Leaf Sweepers are basically like those machines, only built for the great outdoors, updated a bit and more effective, with better features and a little more elegance. They are designed, purely and simply, to pick up leaves and deposit them in a collecting bag.
There are a few different types, models built to tow behind your lawn tractor as well as push versions.
They are ideal at this time of year and very efficient. Very few leaf removing systems are 100 % effective of the first pass, including many leaf blowers, but as one customer said of our featured Agri-Fab 26″ Push Lawn & Leaf Sweeper, “...it works a treat on all types of grass, long or short and gets 90% of the leaves up first time.” That’s a dashed good clean-up rate, and as another customer pointed out “… this thing is a delight to use. If feels almost therapeutic when you look back at the lawn you have striped as you swept… It will clear 0.25 acre lawn in about 10 minutes excluding emptying.”
There’s a feature mentioned in there that not many people realise. If you clear by walking up and down, as if you were mowing, the sweeper can gently stripe your lawn, leaving a pleasing effect rather than just clearing.
They can can also clear up paper, paper cups and other debris so could be used after a barbecue, a wild party in the garden, maybe a local fête, or one of those outdoor wedding receptions that the Americans always feature as the climax to romantic comedy films, where someone turns up at the last minute, kisses the bride and annoys her parents.
With height adjustment (our featured Agri-Fab model has infinite height adjustment within the low and high) they can also be used on concrete and gravel not just on grass so you could do driveways or paths.
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