The day after my previous LeafWars 2009 post, I managed to snap the handle of my inherited rake in half. (translation: It came with the house)
Shiny new awesome rake on the left, old busted red rake on the right.
I went out to my awesome local hardware store the next day and got myself a new rake. It’s the one you see on the left, next to the first casualty of LeafWars. I splurged and got the “spendy” rake. Aluminum handle, flat plastic tines. Twice the price of the plain plastic/bamboo model like the one I had just broken.
I had no idea that Fiskars was in the rake bidness, but they make a nice product! I tackled the front yard quickly, and today? I cleared the entire backyard in just under 40 minutes. Last time, it took about two hours over two days.
Raking leaves still sucks, but like everything else, I think having good tools makes a ton of difference. If you look at the comments on the Fiskars link, I’d agree with everything in those reviews. This was worth every penny of the Andrew Jackson I traded for my awesome new rake.