Rakes Buying Guide

What's the easiest way to make quick work of all those landscape to-dos? Put your muscles behind the right tools. And all the different types of rakes are among the most essential additions to your garden tool collection.

Types of Rakes

Types of Rakes

There's no way around it: If you have a yard, you'll have certain chores that must be done. Springtime and fall bring cleanup of seasonal debris; summertime means maintaining a tidy appearance. If you're a beginning or avid gardener or landscape enthusiast, the growing season is probably when you complete tasks like adding flowerbeds or patios. To do all those things and spend less time working and more time enjoying the fruits of your labors, turn to rakes. From leaf rakes to bow rakes, thatch rakes, landscaping rakes, shrub rakes, roof rakes, and level head rakes, there are tools designed for all those chores.

Leaf Rake

One of the more common types of rakes, leaf rakes have closely spaced tines that are suitable for removing leaves and other items, including small branches, from the lawn.

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Midwest Rake
$8.99

Head dimensions: 24 in.. Handle dimensions: 54 in.. Crafted of polypropylene. 26 tines. Self-cleaning design. Cushioned grip. Raki...ng up the leaves becomes an easy task with the Midwest Rake LLC 40882 26-Tine Leaf Rake with 24 in. Red Poly Head. This wide rake features a self-cleaning design, shaving time off your yard chores. Designed with quality in mind, this rake will be part of your garden tools for many years to come. read more

Esschert Design
$26.49 $26.16

This Stainless Steel Hand Leaf Rake with Wooden Handle is Perfect For Use In the Garden Or Yard especially when dealing with delic...ate areas like gardens. read more

Fiskars
$17.49

Find Yard and Garden Hand Tools at Target.com! Get ready to discover your new favorite rake. The Aluminum Leaf Rake features an im...pressively lightweight design that makes every stroke effortless. A durable resin head features unique tines designed to flex without breaking, standing up to heavy use season after season. The aluminum handle reduces weight without sacrificing strength, with added length to help improve posture and reduce back fatigue. Plus, a unique teardrop-shaped shaft provides exceptional comfort and control. Color: Multi-Colored. read more

Tierra Garden
$17.60

Eurogarden Kids Leaf Rake. Great for kids. Useful for those who find that they enjoy smaller light tools. Strong enough to do real... garden work and made to last. read more

Bow Rake

A bow rake has a rectangular, narrow head and widely spaced tines. It's used to break up and spread soil and mulch, particularly in spaces such as vegetable gardens.

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Wolf-Garten
$23.66 $21.89

The WOLF-Garten bow rake allows gardener's to quickly change tools in one-click, eliminates the need for having a garage full of u...nsightly, and space consuming long-handled tools. This bow rake has a high quality 13.8-inch steel head, with wide curved teeth which can be pulled through soil or gravel smoothly and easily. Designed for ease of use the flat top design allows for leveling seed beds or gravel, while the bow shape adds strength and stability. read more

Truper
$29.99

Truper 31356, R-16AM-E, Tru Tough Welded Bow Rake, 16 Teeth, Wood Handle, 6-Inch Grip, 54-Inch. 54-inch North American Ash, lacque...red handle for strength and durability. Welded 16 teeth bow rake . Clear-coated gray-steel finished heads. Spray clean with garden hose, coat with silicone spray. Tru-Tough: Trupers Best Selling Signature Tool Line.. Truper has been in the hand tool manufacturing business for over 40-year and is by far the largest Mexican company in its field. Truper relies on the most advanced modern and efficient technology to guarantee the optimum quality and value of its products and demanding service needs of the company's global customers. Tru Tough provides everything a dedicated handyman expects from a serious, long-lasting tool at an unbeatable price. Tru-tough has long been Trupers best selling products. The visual appeal is highlighted by clear-coated gray-steel finished heads, steel collars, lacquered ash handles and heavy duty D-grips. A 10-year free-replacement warranty backs all Tru-tough tools. read more

Razorback
$45.49

Perfect for loosening or breaking compact soil, spreading mulch or other materials evenly and leveling areas before planting, Use ...to collect leaves, hay, grass or other garden debris, Professional-grade tool for even the toughest jobs, 15-tine,... read more

Mintcraft
$50.70 $22.19

Mintcraft 16 tine fiberglass bow rake. The rake is made with a fiberglass handle and 16 tines. Use the rake to loosen or break up ...compacted soil, spreading mulch or other material. Can also be used to collect leaves, hay, grass or other garden debris. read more

Thatch Rake

While a thatch rake resembles a bow rake, it is shorter and has very sharp tines that are used to remove dead grass.

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Truper
$49.58 $33.57

Truper 32120, TH-RA, Tru Tough Thatching Rake, 19 Teeth, Wood Handle, 54-Inch. 54-Inch North American Ash, lacquered handle for st...rength and durability. 19 teeth thatching rake. Clear-coated gray-steel finished heads. Spray clean with garden hose, coat with silicone spray. Tru-Tough: Trupers Best Selling Signature Tool Line!. Truper has been in the hand tool manufacturing business for over 40 years and is by far the largest Mexican company in its field. Truper relies on the most advanced modern and efficient technology to guarantee the optimum quality and value of its products and demanding service needs of the company-Feets global customers. Tru Tough provides everything a dedicated handyman expects from a serious, long-lasting tool at an unbeatable price. Tru-tough has long been Trupers best selling products. The visual appeal is highlighted by clear-coated gray-steel finished heads, steel collars, lacquered ash handles and heavy duty D-grips. A ten-year free-replacement warranty backs all Tru-tough tools. read more

Ames
$95.99 $30.87

Ames landscaping and gardening tools are made to tackle your toughest projects and keep right on working, season after season, in ...all kinds of weather. Just like you. read more

Midwest Rake
$59.99

Weight: 4.83 lbs.. Made of magnesium and aluminum. Powder coated handle. Long-curved teeth. Brace wrap-around. For leveling and ra...king. Prepping your garden or graveled area is easy when you have the Midwest Rake LLC 14136 36 in. Red Aluminum Classic Rake. This incredibly durable rake is specifically designed to help you level out soil and small stones in a single pass. The red handle features a powder coated finish. read more

Landscaping Rake

Similar in construction to a bow rake, a landscaping rake has a very long, narrow head; it has fewer applications for the home garden, but it can be a helpful tool to smooth large stretches of soil or gravel.

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Home Decorators Collection
$524.00

Calling Ethan Harper's Watercolor Landscapes Framed Art set "whimsical" is a drastic understatement. With beautifully minimalistic... depictions of fields, rivers, mountains and more, these framed art prints are lovely enough to stand on their own or display among a gallery wall of other watercolor paintings. A gold frame serves as a nice contrast to the stark white border that surrounds each print. Hang these prints in your living room, or try them in your home office and let their calming presence soothe you. Giclee prints of original artwork by Ethan Harper. Hand deckled and float mounted in white. Protected under glass. Frame in raked gold finish. Includes D-rings for hanging. Made in the USA. read more

GSS Home
$132.80

The MidWest Rake Company 30-Tine Professional Landscape Rake offers smooth operation with long rounded teeth. The rake is made fro...m aluminum with wrap-around bracing and heavy-duty double-rib construction. - Good for professional as well as home raking... read more

Midwest Rake
$59.99

Weight: 4.83 lbs.. Made of magnesium and aluminum. Powder coated handle. Long-curved teeth. Brace wrap-around. For leveling and ra...king. Prepping your garden or graveled area is easy when you have the Midwest Rake LLC 14136 36 in. Red Aluminum Classic Rake. This incredibly durable rake is specifically designed to help you level out soil and small stones in a single pass. The red handle features a powder coated finish. read more

Shrub Rake

Shrub rakes have a very short handle and a small number of tines, which allows maneuvering around tight spots such as closely planted shrubs.

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Truper
$17.10 $5.29

Truper 30465, EP-15, Tru Tough Plastic Shrub Rake, 8-Inch Head, Wood Handle, 48-Inch. 48-inch North American Ash, lacquered handle... for strength and durability. 8-inch wide head makes for quick cleanup. Poly head is easy to clean garden hose. Spray clean with garden hose, coat with silicone spray. Tru-Tough: Trupers Best Selling Signature Tool Line.. Truper has been in the hand tool manufacturing business for over 40-year and is by far the largest Mexican company in its field. Truper relies on the most advanced modern and efficient technology to guarantee the optimum quality and value of its products and demanding service needs of the company's global customers. Tru Tough provides everything a dedicated handyman expects from a serious, long-lasting tool at an unbeatable price. Tru-tough has long been Trupers best selling products. The visual appeal is highlighted by clear-coated gray-steel finished heads, steel collars, lacquered ash handles and heavy duty D-grips. A 10-year free-replacement warranty backs all Tru-tough tools. read more

Ames
$31.49

8 size rake easily maneuvers under and around ornamental plantings 11 tines 48 wood handle Color/Size: Black/ 8-inch Dimension: 55... x 8.25 x 2 read more

The AMES Companies, Inc
$20.32

Rake in tight spaces, under shrubs and in-between rows of plants using this shrub rake. Ergonomically designed to be light-weight ...and provide comfort, this Floral Poly Shrub Rake will help you clear out your garden spaces. The 25-inch cushion grip that runs along the side provides a comfortable feel and increases your control as you rake. Its size is ideal for raised bed gardening but can be used in large spaces. This tool is made with durable material to withstand tough conditions. read more

The AMES Companies, Inc
$19.99 $15.73

The Ames floral tool line is the perfect size and weight for working in the garden. Ideal for raised bed gardening, this shrub rak...e will get the job done right. The cushion grip handle provides comfort and control. read more

Roof Rake

With a long, narrow, solid handle, a roof rake allows homeowners to remove debris and snow from the roof. These often have a handle that extends, too.

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GSS Home
$143.30

Features. Bigfoot Snow Tools with durable metal blades. 15 ft. Extension handle. Lightweight aluminum. Durable construction. Lengt...h - 60 in.. Blade size - 22 x 6.5 in.. Cube - 4.75 ft. SKU: MSCO249 read more

GSS Home
$56.90

Features. Extension handle fits ames/true temper snow roof rake also fits the garant poly roof rake.. Size - 5 ft.. Item weight - ...1.63 lbs. SKU: ORGL37303 read more

Snow Joe
$39.99

Find Yard and Garden Hand Tools at Target.com! Roofer Joe to the rescue. Prevent damage due to the heavy snow loads piled onto you...r roof and save on costly repairs with Roofer Joe – a handy, easy-to-use and affordable roof rake that quickly lets you remove snow, wet leaves and other debris from your roof while standing safely on solid ground. Roofer Joe Model RJ204M boasts an innovative Twist-n-Lock telescoping pole that quickly and easily adjusts from 6.2 feet to a whopping 21 feet for even greater overhead reach. At only 4.8 lbs, Roofer Joe is ultra-lightweight, durable and easy to handle. Its oversized poly blade rake head measures 6-inches wide by 25-inches long for maximum clearing power. Get Equipped for winter cleanup with Roofer Joe and defend your home when winter strikes. Features Ideal for removing snow, wet leaves and debris from roofs without climbing Twist-n-Lock telescoping pole quickly adjusts to 21 ft for extended reach Ultra-lightweight construction (only 4.8 lbs!) for easy handling Oversized poly blade rake head measures 6 in. X 25 in. For maximum clearing Color: Blue. read more

Level Head Rake

Very similar to a bow rake, a level head rake is used for tasks that require muscle with the tool -- leveling ground under pavers, for example.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

For the range of jobs that they can accomplish, rakes are a remarkably cost-effective investment. But still, there are a few key factors that you should review before making any purchase in order to ensure that your dollars are spent effectively. The number and spacing of tines is one key factor of rake buying; others include material, handle construction, and telescoping handle. As you review your landscaping and garden needs, this short guide to those purchase considerations will help you on your buying journey.

Number and Spacing of Tines

The placement and number of tines on the rake will determine how much fine material the tool is able to pick up. Wider-spaced tines may be more appropriate for tasks such as raking lots of large leaves.

Material

Rakes can be made from plastic, wood, metal, or a combination of those materials. Plastic rake tines may crack more easily; wood-handle tools need to be protected from the elements; and metal pieces may rust without proper care.

Handle Construction

Look carefully at how the handle is attached to the head of the rake; it may be bolted or screwed in, for example. Also see if the handle has a hole or hook at the end to hang it.

Telescoping Handle

Some rakes intended for hard-to-reach tasks, such as clearing roofs, may have a telescoping handle to increase use and flexibility. Measure the total distance to make sure it can reach where you need.

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Toysmith
$39.99 $35.99

Your children will develop important gardening skills with this practical garden tool set from Toysmith, a must-have while helping... mom and dad with the yardwork! Set includes metal garden rake, spade, hoe, and leaf rake, each containing hardwood handles with leather loops for easy hanging Age: 5 to 7 years Imported Wipe clean Model no. 2299 Size: One Size. Color: Multicolor. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Kids. Material: Hardwood/Leather. read more

Bulk Buys
$48.96 $27.04

Great for clearing leaves and debris and upturning soil, this Garden Rake features a two-tone green rake with durable plastic spok...es for strength and flexibility and a lightweight metal handle with a hanging hole for easy storage. Handle measures... read more

Bulk Buys
$60.56 $35.05

A perfect tool for the gardening enthusiast, this Gardening Hand Rake is small enough to get between bushes, shrubs and flower bed...s. Each rake has eleven spaced out prongs and a grooved plastic handle with a hanging hole for easy storage. Each rake... read more

Home Essentials
$44.43 $34.72

A perfect tool for the gardening enthusiast, this Five-Prong Hand Rake features five pointed metal prongs, making it ideal for bre...aking up hard dirt or for clearing out weeds. Tool is made of strong metal with a green plastic handle with a hanging hole... read more

Home Essentials
$48.29 $37.74

Easily clear debris, aerate soil and create planting rows with this Metal Garden Rake featuring a durable, strong metal tool with ...a 5-prong rake head, an extendable handle and a comfortable, anti-slip grip. Measures approximately 25" long and extends... read more

Bulk Buys
$48.96 $27.04

Great for clearing leaves and debris and upturning soil, this Garden Rake features a two-tone green rake with durable plastic spok...es for strength and flexibility and a lightweight metal handle with a hanging hole for easy storage. Handle measures... read more

Unique Bargains
$28.99 $14.28

It is made of metal, 2 in 1 Fork and Hoe design is very convenient for garden or farming. Can be a useful tool for digging. Great ...for weeding, seeding, turning soil, etc, is used in garden or lawn. For CALIFORNIA residents only: WARNING: This product... read more

Bulk Buys
$60.56 $35.05

A perfect tool for the gardening enthusiast, this Gardening Hand Rake is small enough to get between bushes, shrubs and flower bed...s. Each rake has eleven spaced out prongs and a grooved plastic handle with a hanging hole for easy storage. Each rake... read more

Bulk Buys
$38.24 $35.06

Easily clear debris, aerate soil and create planting rows with this Metal Garden Rake featuring a durable, strong metal tool with ...a 5-prong rake head, an extendable handle and a comfortable, anti-slip grip. Measures approximately 25" long and extends... read more

Unique Bargains
$31.99 $15.78

Metal head hand tool bow rake is for gardening use, rubber handle is comforatble to grip. Great for weeding, seeding, turning soil..., etc. You can do home gardening with your kids or out for planting. For CALIFORNIA residents only: WARNING: This product... read more

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