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How Does a Lawn Sweeper Work?

Date:17-01-10

Lawn sweeper is a lot like a lawn mower, but they have brushes rather than blades. They can be pushed by hand or pulled behind a riding mower. You can use sweepers to clean grass, leaves and pine needles.

Sweeping Brushes

Lawn sweepers for homeowners use stiff brushes fastened to a rotating shaft. The shaft is driven through gears connected to the sweeper’s rotating wheels. As the sweeper moves along, the wheels spin the brushes. The brushes comb through the grass to dislodge clippings and other debris, and flip the material into a hopper attached to the sweeper. You can empty it into a rubbish bin or onto a compost pile when the hopper is full.

Push or Tow

There are two types of sweepers for homeowners to select, which are push lawn sweeper and towed lawn sweeper. Apart from their motive power, both the push and towed types of wheel-driven lawn sweeper work the same way. Wheel-powered lawn sweepers are quiet, which means they won’t run afoul of local noise ordinances, and you will be able to clean debris from your lawn much faster than you will using a manual rake.

Other Uses

A lawn sweeper can do more than just pick up grass clippings from your lawn. Its spinning brushes also can clean dust and dirt off a paved driveway, patio or sidewalk, and you can use them to pick up fallen leaves in autumn, too. Take the lawn sweeper down a paved driveway or sidewalk to pick up light snow. Most sweepers can clear snow up to a 1/2 inch deep.

Basic Maintenance

You should give a regular maintenance for your lawn sweepers to make them work properly. Check the sweeper before each use for loose or broken parts and anything stuck in the mechanism. Lubricate the sweeper’s brush shaft and wheel bearings twice a year, unless they are sealed. Wipe out the hopper with a dry rag and clean debris from the brushes before storing the machine.

How to Repair a Lawn Sweeper

Check to see if the vacuum portion is clogged with debris. Clear out any twigs or branches, damp clippings, rocks, or other foreign materials that may be affecting the vacuum. If necessary, wipe out the parts of the vacuum portion that you can reach with a clean rag, then allow them to dry thoroughly.

Check to see if the brushes have come loose, or have become so worn that they can longer pick up the debris. Tighten them if they have loosened up; or order replacement brushes and install them following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Check to see if the tires are under-inflated or have become damaged to the extent that they will no longer hold air. Air them up if they are simply too low; replace them with new tires you have ordered if they will not hold air, or are otherwise damaged or worn out.