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Decent leaf grabs

Has anyone successfully bought any decent long-handles leaf grabs suitable for us professionals? I've had no luck so far! Bought another pair today, called "Grab-o-saurus". They got a good review on the original LandsacpeJuice website and they were only £12.99, compared to the £24.99 at the time of that review. But... they're useless! They've no gripping power at all, barely pick up a 'pile' of leaves, and quite uncomfortable. I used them for 10 mins then chucked them in the back of the Landy, they won't be getting used again!

The red Darlac grabs work well, for about a day anyway. Then the nut and bolt wear loose, so you need to replace the nut with a wing nut so they can be constantly tightened, then the bolt wears through the metal and they become so loose they are useless.

I'm going to have to fabricate my own at this rate. I k ow what will work and I'm surprised I can't find anything that does the job properly!

Any recommendations before I crack the TIG welder out ?

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  • Grain shovel and leaf rake for me

    • Old-school, but more effective than the crap they sell as leaf grabs.

      • Had the same grain shovel for ten years, great for scooping up wet leaves, apples, acorns and hedge clippings especially if there's turds about.

  • PRO

    I think someone once said a pair of these would outlast most (theyd had them 4 years), though I have not got a pair to offer my emperience. Saw it on instagram at the time and saved the bookmark.  Currently using the large debris shovel and a rake...

    https://www.tudorenvironmental.co.uk/tudor-long-handled-leaf-grabbe...

    Tudor Long Handled Leaf Grabbers - heavy duty
    Tudor Long Handled Leaf Grabbers - heavy duty
    • I have seen those. They claim to be suited to professionals and I like the fact they're made of aluminium. I prefer the 'bent back' handles, but if they actually last they might be worth a go. It'd be nice to have a hold of these things before buying though.

      • Upgraded my leaf rake and snow shovel to a set of these Tudor environmental grabbers.

        One of the tools I could no longer live without .... absolutely fantastic and feel like they'll last for a frw years at least.

  • PRO

    I tend to use a couple of wide-flat leaf rakes now, one in each hand and pinch the piles together like a couple of huge claws and lift into bin or bag that way. These ones in particular

    https://wilkinsonsword-tools.co.uk/products/ranges/lawn-and-patio-c...

    Wilkinson Sword Gardening Tools | Plastic Leaf Rake
    The Plastic Leaf Rake with its large wide head is perfect for clearing up leaves and lawn debris quickly and easily. 237W 237
  •  I like the stein 2-1 leaf rake, infact there the best I've ever used. I've had loads of different ones and they always break after a year. The first stein rake's been retired to my shed, only because it's lost a couple of teeth and that's lasted two years. They're really strong.

  • spear and jackson ones for me. the blades are plastic but seem strong and pick up is good even for quite heavy stuff. For 19.99 on amazon they are worth every penny even if they only last a couple of seasons, but i can see them going longer than that. Saves a lot of raking with their wide reaching scissor action and curved clawed blades, and light weight despite being reasonably heavy duty

    • PRO

      I have those too. 3rd winter now so they can't be too bad.

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