What is a hand rake?
These are small rakes 10-15 cm long. They can be straight with 4-7 teeth and fan with 7-9 teeth.
Such type of rake is used for work in small areas, for example, for loosening beds or alignment of beds in the greenhouse. One of the varieties of hand rake is the ripper and planting fork, they have 3 tines each. They are especially popular with gardeners, who take care of flowers and beds.
Handles for rake
The most common types of rakes
As a rule, any garden tools to work with the ground are equipped with a long handle, this also applies to the rake, except perhaps the small plastic models. This tool is mainly used in the garden, among bushes and other plants, so a long handle is needed. The movement of the rake is always performed on itself. First, the tool is thrown forward, after capturing grass, leaves or lumps of the earth are pulled up.
When flattening loose soil, it is allowed to alternate the movements directed towards yourself and away from you. Often the rake breaks large clods of earth, after digging the garden with a shovel for this purpose is convenient flat-turned tines. Leaves and grass clippings are best raked and tedded with a tool with wide flat tines, the gaps between
the tines are narrower. It is convenient to do such work with a milling double-sided rake, the spike-shaped, frequent teeth in a single row will allow you to clean lawns of leaves and pebbles, and more sparse flat blades will help in removing moss and grass. These rakes are sometimes equipped with wheels on the ends of the transverse “ridge” to reduce the effort invested in the movement, which, in the photo, looks very unusual. For the daily care of the garden, flower beds, lawns, it’s more efficient to use one of two types of fan rakes.
A distinction is made between the slat rake and the wire rake.
The first is made of narrow elastic strips of metal, they slightly spring when working, which they are slightly springy, which allows you to clean the area with a lot of irregularities. The wire models are very rigid, allowing you to work on even areas with high beneficial plantings without damaging their stems and leaves. The movements of any of any type of fan rake can be made longitudinally, forward and backward, or transversely. from side to side, holding them vertically
The working part of garden mini rakes can be made of metal or durable plastic. For soil loosening it is better to prefer metal mini rake. For garbage removal, you can buy a mini rake with a plastic fan nozzle. The metals and alloys used to make the rake tines are corrosion-resistant and have a high strength.
The cuttings of small rakes are made of metal, wood, plastic or a combination of these materials. Many of the mini-rake on the handle in the palm grip area has convenient notches for fingers. And at the end of the stem has a loop for hanging from the hook.