Lawn Sweeper Buyer's Guide

Lawn Sweeper Buyer's Guide

How to Pick the Perfect Lawn Sweeper

By  | Leaf Blower Product Expert

Your property looks beautiful as fall colors come into your trees. But when the leaves start to pile up, it’s time to get to work.

A lawn sweeper will pick up leaves and lawn debris quickly and easily, giving your yard that clean and manicured look you want with hardly any raking.


Both push lawn sweepers and tow-behind lawn sweepers are all-season helpers thanks to their durably constructed components:

  • Polymer plastic or stamped-steel housings
  • Tear-resistant hoppers
  • Long-wearing brushes

They can pitch in for spring yard chores, spend all summer sweeping up lawn clippings, and picking up all that Mother Nature drops on you in the fall.

All you need to get going with a push lawn mower is the strength of your own body (and you might not even need much of that if your lawn sweeper is powered). To use a tow-behind sweeper, you'll need some sort of vehicle to which to attach it. Lawn and garden tractors, some zero turn mowers, and even ATVs will suffice.

 

How to Size a Tow-Behind Lawn Sweeper

Selecting the right tow-behind sweeper comes down to looking at three qualities:

  • The width of the sweeper
  • The size of the hopper
  • The style of hitch that connects the sweeper to a vehicle

1. Choose a Width

Wide Tow-Behind Lawn SweeperTow-behind lawn sweepers have various widths, which will determine how quickly you can collect leaves and debris. 

A 21" sweeper is suitable for a small to average sized property, but a 100" sweeper is a necessity for a large property.

 

2. Choose a Hopper Volume

Tandem Lawn SweepersHoppers collect the leaves as they're swept up. Their capacities vary by cubic feet. A small yard may only require a 12 cubic-foot hopper, but a larger lawn may require a 26 cubic-foot hopper.

For very large properties, you can even opt for multiple-hoppers capable of holding as much as 78 cubic-feet worth of leaves and debris.

 

3. Choose a Hitch

Multi-Level HitchHitches vary in height. The height you choose should be based on what you're towing it with. For example, a zero-turn hitch may differ from a garden tractor's.

If you're unsure what height you need, choose a sweeper with a multi-hitch height. This will provide more versatility and take some of the worry out of whether or not it will fit.