Product review: lEAF cOLLECTION TOOLS

This month the KG team have been trying out a range of tools for leaf collection.

BEST BUY
LEAF RAKE – RHS ENDORSED

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This hardened and tempered stainless steel rake has close-set flat tines and a square head end for reaching into corners. It has a long, lightweight handle in FSC® certified hardwood and a strong leather cord for hanging up the rake when not in use.

KG VERDICT
This is an excellent rake. The stainless steel tines offer valuable rust resistance and the head has a stress distribution bar to stop the tines from twisting. There is also just the right spring in the head for releasing the leaves already drawn so that it can then go back for more. The hardwood handle was smooth in the hand and of a good length, ensuring less stress on the back when raking.

BURGON & BALL
www.burgonandball.com
TEL: 0114 233 8262
PRODUCT CODE: N/A
PRICE: £34.99

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TOP PICK
4-IN-1 LEAF RAKE

This lightweight 4-in-1 Leaf Rake can be dismantled into three parts and therefore offers three working widths to choose from: 20cm (7¾in) , 48cm (19in) and 76cm (30in). This means is can be used in different areas of the garden, both large and small.

KG VERDICT
A unique and inventive tool which can be adapted for use in different areas of the garden, depending on the task in hand. The side extensions slot in very securely and within seconds you can change the size of the head – large if you have a lot of ground to cover or small for getting into those narrower areas. If you don’t already have a Wolf-Garten handle you will need to purchase one on top, but this can then be used with other Wolf-Garetn products in the multi-change range.

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WOLF-GARTEN TOOLS
wolfgarten-tools.co.uk
TEL: GO ONLINE FOR STOCKISTS
PRODUCT CODE: 4IN1RAKE
PRICE: £44.99 (PLUS HANDLES FROM £12.99)

TOP PICK
24V 85MPH AXIAL LEAF BLOWER

This lightweight 24v Axial blower is equipped with a multi-functional and ergonomic handle, giving the user access to all switches for motor control with one hand, whether left or right handed. It has a 500m3/high and low speed selection.

KG VERDICT
This really is an excellent leaf blower – lightweight (one hand is enough), easy to use and efficient. It is also simple to put together and one the battery is in, you can have it working in seconds. The blower is quite powerful with very little vibration and will blow seeds away as you will. If you don’t have a Greenworks battery or charger (which you can use with their other machines too), this will add to the basic cost of the machine.

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GREENWORKS
www.greenworkstools.co.uk
TEL: 01793 333219
PRODUCT CODE: N/A
PRICE: £36.99 – £119.99

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