I’ve been wanting a lawn sweeper for a while now and like many of you I had a hard time deciding which one was the best for me. I wanted a lawn sweeper instead of a bagger because I have both rear discharge and side discharge mowers that I own. I use the rear discharge mowers on the front lawn where I have lots of landscaping to go around and I use side-discharge mowers in the back where the area is more open. I didn’t want to buy baggers for both mowers. Plus I test other mowers.
When I went researching lawn sweepers I found that there were too many that did not give enough information for me to make a good decision with. I looked at the different Argi-Fab and Craftsman models. I couldn’t find an Ohio Steel or Brinly anywhere to look at.
I finally decided on the Agri-Fab 44 inch for two reasons. First, you can collapse it down to about the size of a push mower without using any tools. Second, I liked the sliding, adjustable hitch. I can offset it behind the lawn tractor for sweeping clippings from a side-discharge mower and the hitch can be adjusted to work on both a lawn tractor and an ATV.
I then went shopping for the best price. Here is what I found:
Northern Tool: $349 plus $55 shipping. Agri-Fab Lawn Sweeper – 44in.W, 25 Cu. Ft., Model# 45-0492
Home Depot: $329 with free shipping. Agri-Fab Lawn Equipment Parts 44 in. 25 cu. ft. Tow-Behind Lawn Sweeper 45-0492
Sears: $329 plus $60 shipping. 44 in. 25 cu. ft. Tow-Behind Lawn Sweeper
Amazon: $329 with free shipping. Agri-Fab 45-0492 Lawn Sweeper, 44-Inch
My local Farm & Fleet and Tractor Supply also offered it for $329.
I ended up going with Amazon (mainly for their return policy and the fact I had a gift card to spend there)
Update: April 15. Spring has finally arrived and i have had a chance to use the sweeper. When my wife was cleaning out her landscape beds I asked her to throw the leaves and debris on the lawn. I then ran over it all with a mulching mower. I pulled the sweeper behind as I was chewing up the stuff and it picked up every single leaf!
I also tried it down in the pine grove and it did a great job of picking up oak leaves and pine needles. I filled the dump cart 6 times off a 100 by 125 ft area. It did great with small pines cones up to about 3 inches but the large 4-5 inch ones it would only pick about half of them up. The hopper holds a lot.
Enough writing. Enjoy the rest of the pictorial review!