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Top 5 Best Lawn Sweepers on the Market in 2020

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What is the best lawn sweeper on the market in 2020? That’s exactly what we will aim to answer today.

We have selected 5 sweepers covering a range of sizes, operational types, and price points.

Whether you are looking for a manual push model, tow-style configuration, or electric sweeper, we have selected an option for you.

For our top choices at a glance, check out the panel below. For an in-depth review of each of our selected lawn sweepers, keep on reading.

Best Lawn Sweepers

When looking to buy a lawn sweeper, there are a number of factors to consider first.

Operational type is one of the most important questions to consider. There’s also the issue of storage ability and ease of use. Other features such as collection capacity, brush speed, and wheel material should also be thought about.

In this review round-up, you will find a selection of top-rated lawn sweepers, backed up with verified customer reviews in tandem with intensive product research and analysis.

Based on these rating criteria and more, the following 5 models are what we consider to be the best on the market in 2020.

Top 5 Picks

EDITOR'S CHOICE
Agri-Fab 45-0492 Lawn Sweeper, 44-Inch
Ohio Steel 50SWP26 Pro Sweeper, 50"/26 cu. ft.
Agri-Fab 45-0218 26-Inch Push Lawn Sweeper, 26 Inches, Black
BEST BUDGET
Earthwise LSW70021 21-Inch Leaf & Grass Push Lawn Sweeper, Width, Black
Scotts Outdoor Power Tools LSW70026S 26-Inch Push Lawn Sweeper, with 3.6 Bushel Rear Collection Bag
Agri-Fab 45-0492 Lawn Sweeper, 44-Inch
Ohio Steel 50SWP26 Pro Sweeper, 50"/26 cu. ft.
Agri-Fab 45-0218 26-Inch Push Lawn Sweeper, 26 Inches, Black
Earthwise LSW70021 21-Inch Leaf & Grass Push Lawn Sweeper, Width, Black
Scotts Outdoor Power Tools LSW70026S 26-Inch Push Lawn Sweeper, with 3.6 Bushel Rear Collection Bag
EDITOR'S CHOICE
Agri-Fab 45-0492 Lawn Sweeper, 44-Inch
Agri-Fab 45-0492 Lawn Sweeper, 44-Inch
Ohio Steel 50SWP26 Pro Sweeper, 50"/26 cu. ft.
Ohio Steel 50SWP26 Pro Sweeper, 50"/26 cu. ft.
Agri-Fab 45-0218 26-Inch Push Lawn Sweeper, 26 Inches, Black
Agri-Fab 45-0218 26-Inch Push Lawn Sweeper, 26 Inches, Black
BEST BUDGET
Earthwise LSW70021 21-Inch Leaf & Grass Push Lawn Sweeper, Width, Black
Earthwise LSW70021 21-Inch Leaf & Grass Push Lawn Sweeper, Width, Black
Scotts Outdoor Power Tools LSW70026S 26-Inch Push Lawn Sweeper, with 3.6 Bushel Rear Collection Bag
Scotts Outdoor Power Tools LSW70026S 26-Inch Push Lawn Sweeper, with 3.6 Bushel Rear Collection Bag

Lawn Sweepers Reviews

1. EDITOR’S CHOICE: Agri-Fab 45-0492 Lawn Sweeper

This is a durable, high-performance, and compactly-designed 2-wheeled foldable tow-behind lawn sweeper with a tow bar that features a proprietary off-set hitch.

It comes with a hopper bag with a collection capacity of 25 cubic feet (cu-ft). Also, this light-weight model requires only 2 tools during assembly, and its removable hopper bag is held in place by pairs of upper and lower hopper tubes that are reared by rear hopper tubes.

It also features 2 semi-pneumatic wheels that have been threaded to increase traction. As a manual lawn sweeper, its brush can only spin during forwarding rotation of the wheels, and its compactness is due to the wheels being connected together by the brush axle.

This brush (axle) shaft holds 4 rows of bristles arranged as follows. Each row is half the length of the brush shaft, and each half of the shaft has 2 rows of bristles.

In the first half of the shaft, 2 rows are bristles are arranged opposite each other in a horizontal plane (i.e the rows are 180º apart), while in the second half, the rows are arranged opposite each other in a vertical plane.

Therefore, the arrangement of the bristle rows ensures that each row is 90º apart from the adjacent row on either side, hence ensuring that the 4 rows complete a 360º set.

Relatedly, the total length of 2 rows of bristles that are side-by-side along the length of the brush axle is 44inches, and this gives this model a sweeping path of 44inches, which makes it suitable for use in large lawns whose sizes exceed 2000 square feet.

The brush unit is encased in the sweeper housing that features a height adjustment tube. This simple, yet the well-designed model is designed and manufactured by the American company, Agri-Fab®, Inc., with the hopper bag being made in China. Its model number is 45-0492.

This lawn-sweeper is shipped in a semi-assembled state in a package that weighs about 92 pounds and is 54.1inches long, 18inches wide, and 19.5inches tall. Inside the package are the disassembled parts along with a multilingual instruction guide written in 17 languages.

Also, there are parts that need to be oiled and greased, and one should, therefore, have oil and grease before starting the assembly.

As expected, lubrication is needed for the wheel bearings, gears, and other rotating parts. Also, the wheel assembly features bolts, washers, pins, and step washers that hold it together.

In the brush, each row of bristles is fitted into a billet, and 2 of these billets are secured to the brush axle using double retainers hence aligning the bristles into a single plane.

Afterward, single retainers are bolted on top of the double retainers to securely hold the bristles onto the brush axle. The easy-to-follow instruction guide features illustrations of well-labeled parts that allow the user to easily assemble the machine.

The ready-to-use lawn sweeper has an orange and silver color scheme, with the black detachable hopper bag completing its assembly. The frame of this machine and core components are made of metal.

This model comes with 2 semi-pneumatic wheels. Each wheel is threaded to increase traction, while partial inflation of the wheel allows it to have relatively deep threads.

The wheel diameter is 12inches and its thickness is 3inches. However, the use of 2 wheels makes the machine unstable when moving unless its drawbar is secured to the hitch of a lawn tractor, ATV, or riding mower.

The drawbar features an intelligently designed hitch bracket that is bolted in place and can be secured to the hitch using a hitch pin.

This hitch bracket features multiple bolt holes that allow for multiple bolting options so that one can raise the height of the hitch bracket in relation to the drawbar.

On the other end of this drawbar is the bolted drawbar bracket. It is this drawbar bracket that secures the drawbar to the horizontal beam (height-adjustment tube) of the sweeper housing.

Moreover, because the sweeper housing can be raised off the ground to the desired height, then the drawbar can be raised to reach the hitch on different vehicles.

Therefore, this model supports hitch height adjustment, while its hitch pin allows it to be secured to different types of vehicles.

Additionally, the use of bolting allows the drawbar to be unbolted from the sweeper housing during assembly, while the drawbar bracket can be bolted on either end of its horizontal beam, and this is called offsetting the tow point.

Offsetting the tow point allows this machine to be fitted to a riding mower that is being used to cut grass.
Regarding speed and terrain, this lawn sweeper is suitable for use on flat terrains or gentle slopes whose (slope) gradients do not exceed 10º.

Likewise, the vehicle towing it should not exceed a speed of 10 kilometers per hour (kph). To minimize the chances of the wheel, or wheel hub, rubbing against the sweeper housing, a dust cover is fitted to the wheel.

This model also allows for brush height to be measured (which should be done before sweeping), and this enables the user to adjust the height of the sweeper housing from the ground, as well as adjust the height of the brush.

The brush height is adjusted using an anti-slip lever. Generally, it is recommended that the brush bristles should penetrate the grass to a depth of 0.5inches so that a 0.5-inch-thick thatch layer can be swept. As a tow-behind machine, its brush uses hard bristles that allow for sweeping of wet thatch.

As mentioned above, the brush should spin during forward rotation of the wheel, and this is assured by a ratchet (pinion) gear fitted on each wheel.

The drive pin holding this gear in place must be able to move freely on the brush axle, and it is only when it jams the gear that reverse rotation of the wheel causes the brush to spin.

The gear mates with the gear teeth on the wheel rim. The importance of having these gear pair in each wheel is revealed by the fact that the brush speed is much faster than the wheel speed.

This is because the number of gear teeth in the wheel rim is 5.6 times the number of gear teeth in the pinion gear, and this allows the wheel to spin the brush axle at 5 complete rotations per full rotation of the wheel.

Therefore, the ratio of wheel speed to brush speed is 1:5. This also explains why the vehicle speed should not exceed 10kph because, at this speed, the brush is spinning at 50kph which maximizes the rate of wear and tear on the brush bristles.

At the rear of the sweeper, housing is the hopper frame which is made up of steel rods. These rods include the bag frame tube, 2 rear hopper tubes, and lower and upper hopper tubes.

Assembly of these tubes creates the hopper frame onto which is attached the soft-skin hopper bag to complete the collection unit.

The use of a soft-skin collection bag limits how much weight it can hold, more so because it requires the user to employ physical power when emptying the bag.

Relatedly, the hopper frame is bolted to 2 bag arms which are secured to the sweeper housing. This is done by bolting the mid-portion of each upper hopper tube to its respective bag arm.

Therefore, this collection unit is placed directly behind the brush unit, and this allows it to easily collect the swept debris, as well as minimizes the chance of flying debris falling back on the lawn.

This is further supported by the airflow created by the brush as it throws the debris to the bag, which makes this collection unit a flow-thru hopper.

Also, the (top) rear hopper tube, which connects the left and right upper tubes, features a U-clamp. This U-clamp allows for a handle tube that terminates into a handle grip to be bolted securely to the hopper frame.

When the hopper bag is full, the user needs to only pull the handle tube to empty this bag. The action of pulling the handle tube pivots the hopper frame on the bag arms thus allowing the bag to be rotated so that the collected debris can fall onto the ground.

Therefore, one does not need to get off the vehicle to empty the bags. Also, the bag must always be emptied before storing the machine.

Moreover, to hold the handle tube in place when the bag is filling up, a handle holder is used, and this holder is bolted to the drawbar bracket.

The hopper bag can be removed and the hopper frame unbolted from the bag arms. Likewise, the drawbar can be detached from the sweeper housing.

Doing these reduces the bulk of the lawn sweeper by up-to 70%. Likewise, the drawbar can be folded onto the sweeper housing. Therefore, this machine can be collapsed or folded for storage.

This Agri-Fab model comes with a 36-month warranty.

Pros of the Agri-Fab 45-0492 Lawn Sweeper
  • High-performance, 2-wheeled tow-behind lawn sweeper that can be folded or collapsed for storage.
  • Has a sweeping path of 44inches which makes it suitable for use on lawns whose sizes exceed 2000 square-feet.
  • Features a durable metal construction.
  • Is built to remove grass clippings, acorns, twigs, sticks, and leaves from the lawn.
  • Its collection unit is a 25 cubic-feet flow-thru hopper.
  • Brush has 4 rows of hard bristles.
  • Uses semi-pneumatic wheels that have been threaded to increase traction.
  • Drawbar can be raised to reach hitches that are positioned at different heights.
  • Has a universal pin hitch bracket that allows it be fitted to different types of vehicles
  • Brush speed to wheel speed ratio is 5:1.
  • Handle tube fitted to the top of the hopper frame allows one to empty the hopper bag without getting off the vehicle.
  • Supported by a 3-year warranty.
The Cons
  • Limited to sweeping lawns whose gradient does not exceed 10º.
  • Uses a soft-skin hopper bag that cannot hold a heavyweight as compared to a hard-skin hopper.

Bottom-line

Agri-Fab 45-0492 is a durable, high-performance, and lightweight 2-wheeled foldable tow-behind lawn sweeper with a sweeping path of 44inches and collection capacity of 25 cubic-feet in its flow-thru hopper.

It features metal construction, and its height-adjustable brush unit is built to remove grass clippings, acorns, twigs, sticks, and leaves from the lawn.

Also, it is designed to allow for brush rotation only during forward rotation of the wheels, and these wheels are connected together by the brush axle.

This brush axle holds 4 rows of bristles secured in place by double retainers. Moreover, this brush unit is encased by the sweeper housing that features a height adjustment tube.

Additionally, this machine moves on 2 semi-pneumatic wheels, with the wheels featuring gear teeth that sets the ratio of the brush speed to wheel speed to 5:1.

Even so, this ratio limits the maximum wheel speed to 10kph to allow for efficient lawn sweeping. Each wheel has a diameter of 12inches and is 3inches thick.

Relatedly, it uses a height-adjustable drawbar with a pin hitch bracket that allows it to be fitted to different vehicles, and its bag can be emptied without one getting off the vehicle.

These aforementioned features along with an exceptional price-to-performance ratio make the Agri-Fab 45-0492 the best lawn sweeper in this review.

2. Ohio Steel 50SWP26 Pro Lawn Sweeper

This is a durable, high-performance, and compactly-designed 2-wheeled foldable tow-behind lawn sweeper with a sweeping path of 50inches and a collection capacity of 26 cubic-feet in its soft-skin hopper bag.

It features steel construction, and its height-adjustable brush unit is built to remove grass clippings, acorns, twigs, sticks, and leaves from the lawn.

It also comes with a universal pin hitch bracket made of 4 clevis bars – 2 flat bars and 2 offset bars – which allow for the hitch to have 5 (height) positions for hitch height adjustment.

The pin hitch and drawbar assembly feature a no-slip positive locking system that prevents the hitch bracket and pin from vibrating out of place.

On the other hand, its brush uses polypropylene bristles that have been arranged in a spiral row along the brush axle. Moreover, the brush axle connects the 2 wheels together.

The wheels are threaded to improve traction. Additionally, each wheel is fitted with gear teeth that mates with a pinion gear that is connected to the brush axle, hence setting the ratio of the brush speed to wheel speed to 4.5:1.

Relatedly, its bag can be emptied without one getting off the vehicle, and this is facilitated by a dump rope. This bag is held in place by the hopper frame made up of metal tubes.

This well-designed model that features a simple construction is made in Pataskala by Ohio Steel Industries, Inc. Its model number is 50SWP26, and it is designated as a professional-grade model, hence the 50SWP26 Pro designation.

The 50SWP26 stands for a sweeping path of 50inches and a hopper capacity of 26 cubic feet.

This model is shipped in a semi-assembled state in a package that weighs about 105pounds and is 57.5inches long, 17.5inches wide, and 12.5inches tall.

Inside the package are the disassembled parts along with an English booklet that contains the assembly guide and operating instructions.

Also, one must have a 9/16-inch wrench and socket before starting the assembly process. It is evident that the package is smaller but heavier than the Agri-Fab 45-0492 package, and this is explained by the larger size of the Ohio Steel 50SWP26 Pro lawn sweeper as compared to Agri-Fab 45-0492.

Also, there are parts that need to be oiled and greased in the 50SWP26 Pro model, and one should, therefore, have oil and grease.

Like in Agri-Fab 45-0492, lubrication is needed for the wheel bearings, gears, and other rotating parts of the 50SWP26 Pro model.

However, the brush of the 50SWP26 Pro model features rows of bristles arranged in a spiral format along the brush axle.

The length of each row is 11inches. Correspondingly, its booklet has an easy-to-follow instruction guide that features illustrations of well-labeled parts that allow the user to easily assemble the machine, including the brush unit.

The ready-to-use 50SWP26 Pro lawn sweeper has a black and gray color scheme.

As mentioned earlier, Ohio Steel 50SWP26 Pro comes with 2 threaded wheels. As expected, use of 2 wheels makes the machine unstable when moving unless its drawbar is secured to the hitch of a lawn tractor, ATV, or riding mower, and this is achieved using the hitch bracket and pin.

Even so, this model has a unique drawbar that is made by 3 different parts that have been bolted together to allow the clevis bars of the hitch bracket to be installed.

The 3 parts are the adjustment lever that is sandwiched between the right and left long hitch tubes. On the other end, each long hitch tube is fitted to a short hitch tube, while the adjustment lever is bolted to the handle.

This handle is bolted to the height adjustment tube of the sweeper housing, while the short hitch tubes are bolted to the sides of this housing.

The adjustment lever has multiple holes, while the handle has bolt-like projections that go through those holes.

A hairpin secures the adjustment lever to the handle. Because the adjustment lever can be raised or lowered on the handle, the height of the drawbar can also be raised or lowered.

Therefore, this model supports hitch height adjustment, while its hitch pin allows it to be secured to different types of vehicles.

Expectedly, the use of bolted hitch tubes, adjustment lever, and handle allows for the drawbar to be unbolted from the sweeper housing during assembly.

However, unlike the drawbar assembly in Agri-Fab 45-0492 which allows for offsetting the tow point, this model does not allow for the tow point to be offset.

In this model, there is a dust cover fitted to each wheel to minimize the chances of the wheel, or wheel hub, rubbing against the sweeper housing.

Also, as mentioned earlier, the brush height can be adjusted, and the same also applies to the sweeper housing which can be tilted to increase or decrease the ground clearance.

Overall, it is recommended that the brush bristles should penetrate the grass to a depth of 0.5inches. This brush throws thatch to the collection unit which is located directly behind the brush.

The hopper frame which is made up of ten tubes that are assembled to form the frame kit. Two of these tubes, the right and left connecting tubes are bolted to the mid-portion of the upper hopper tubes, and on the other end, the connecting tubes are secured to the short hitch tubes.

This shows that the connecting tubes are the equivalent of the bag arms found in Agri-Fab 45-0492. Moreover, the rear upper tube that connects the upper hopper tubes in Ohio Steel 50SWP26 Pro is fitted with a dump rope.

When the hopper bag is full, the user needs to only pull the dump rope to empty this bag. The action of pulling the dump rope pivots the hopper frame in the same way that the handle tube pivots the hopper frame in Agri-Fab 45-0492.

In Ohio Steel 50SWP26 Pro lawn sweeper, the hopper bag can be removed and the hopper frame unbolted from short hitch tubes. Likewise, the drawbar can be detached from the sweeper housing.

Doing these reduces the bulk of the lawn sweeper, and allows for it to be stored in a small space.

This lawn sweeper is supported by a 24-month warranty.

Pros of the Ohio Steel 50SWP26 Pro Lawn Sweeper
  • High-performance, 2-wheeled tow-behind lawn sweeper that can be folded or collapsed for storage.
  • Has a sweeping path of 50inches which makes it suitable for use on lawns whose sizes exceed 2000 square-feet.
  • Features a durable steel construction.
  • Is built to remove grass clippings, acorns, twigs, sticks, and leaves from the lawn.
  • Its collection unit is a 26 cubic-feet framed soft-skin hopper.
  • Brush has polypropylene bristles.
  • Wheels are threaded to enhance traction.
  • Drawbar can be raised to reach hitches that are positioned at different heights.
  • Has a universal pin hitch bracket that allows it be fitted to different types of vehicles.
  • Brush speed to wheel speed ratio is 4.5:1.
  • Dump rope fitted to the mid-top of the hopper frame allows one to empty the hopper bag without getting off the vehicle.
  • Supported by a 2-year warranty.
The Cons
  • Does not support offsetting the tow point.
  • Uses a soft-skin hopper bag that cannot hold a heavyweight as compared to a hard-skin hopper.

Bottom-line

Ohio Steel 50SWP26 Pro is a durable, high-performance, and compactly-designed 2-wheeled foldable tow-behind lawn sweeper with a sweeping path of 50inches and a collection capacity of 26 cubic-feet in its steel-framed soft-skin hopper bag.

It features steel construction, and its height-adjustable brush unit is built to remove grass clippings, acorns, twigs, sticks, and leaves from the lawn.

It also comes with a universal pin hitch bracket made of 4 clevis bars and provides 5 (height) positions for hitch height adjustment.

The pin hitch and drawbar assembly feature a no-slip positive locking system that prevents the hitch bracket and pin from vibrating out of place.

Relatedly, its brush uses polypropylene bristles that have been arranged in a spiral row along the brush axle.

Moreover, the brush axle connects the 2 wheels together. The wheels are threaded to improve traction.

Additionally, each wheel is fitted with gear teeth that mates with a pinion gear that is connected to the brush axle, hence setting the ratio of the brush speed to wheel speed to 4.5:1.

Relatedly, its bag can be emptied by pulling the dump rope, and this obviates the need of one disembarking from the vehicle.

This bag is held in place by the hopper frame made up of 10 metal tubes. This frame is secured to the short hitch tubes that are bolted to the sweeper housing.

3. Agri-Fab 45-0218 Lawn Sweeper

This is a high-quality, durable, and lightweight 2-wheeled manually-powered push-type lawn sweeper with a sweeping path of 26inches and a collection capacity of 6.2-7 cubic feet.

It only weighs about 26.4 pounds which makes it light enough to be hanged in the storeroom. It is lightweight because of its plastic construction.

Its hopper bag is suspended on the hopper frame. It also features a height-adjustable brush unit that is built to remove grass clippings, twigs, and leaves from the lawn.

It comes with plastic wheels that have plastic gear teeth. As a standard manual push-type model, it is lightweight so as not to quickly tire the user, and its brush unit is well suited for sweeping dry thatch, especially leaves, on a lawn whose size does not exceed 2000 square feet.

This unique, well-constructed, and well-designed lawn sweeper is made by Agri-Fab®, Inc., and its model number is 45-0218.

The wheels are just secured to the sweeper housing and are not directly connected together by a shaft.

This is advantageous because it allows the pinion gears attached on either ends of the brush axle to be raised or lowered along with the gear teeth of the wheels, and this serves to raise or lower brush.

Each wheel has gear teeth which mate with a pinion gear connected to the brush axle, and this serves to set the ratio of wheel speed to brush speed to 1:5.

Regrading wheel size, each wheel has a diameter of 9.75-9.8inches and is 2.25-2.3inches thick. Also, this model is designed to allow for brush rotation only during forward rotation of the wheels, and this is assured by the use of 2 ratchet gears that connect the brush axle to the wheel gears.

This brush axle holds 4 rows of bristles secured in place by double retainers, and these rows are arranged in a similar manner to that found in the Agri-Fab 45-0492 brush unit.

Moreover, the brush unit in 45-0218 model is encased by a sweeper housing that features a height adjustment tube.

This lawn-sweeper is shipped in a semi-assembled state in a package that weighs about 30 pounds and is 32.8inches long, 12.0inches wide, and 14.9inches tall.

Inside the package are the disassembled parts along with an English instruction guide. To assemble the parts, one needs to have a Phillips screwdriver, an adjustable wrench, and 7/16-inch wrenches.

Also, there are parts that need to be oiled and greased, and one should, therefore, have oil and grease before starting the assembly.

As expected, lubrication is needed for the wheel bearings, gears, and other rotating parts. Also, the wheel assembly features bolts, washers, pins, and step washers that hold it together.

The easy-to-follow instruction guide features illustrations of well-labeled parts that allow the user to easily assemble the machine. The ready-to-use lawn sweeper has a black color scheme.

The adjustment of brush height is done by raising or lowering the height adjustment tube which in turn runs the pinions gears along with the gear teeth of the stationary wheel.

This means that height adjustment cannot be done well when the wheels are rotating. This height adjustment tube features a hand knob that slides on a calibrated slot in the middle of the sweeper housing.

This allows the user to measure the height of the brush off the ground. As expected, the brush bristles should penetrate the grass to a depth of 0.5inches so that a 0.5-inch-thick thatch layer can be swept.

The principal difference between Agri-Fab 45-0492 and Agri-Fab 45-0218 is that the former has a drawbar/tow-bar, while the latter lacks this drawbar hence leaving the user with the option of only pushing the lawn sweeper in order to drive the brush.

To reduce the work of pushing the machine, threaded plastic wheels are used instead of semi-pneumatic wheels.

Likewise, because one does not need to tow Agri-Fab 45-0218, it lacks the handle tube, and the only way to empty the collection unit is to lift the bag off the machine and manual emptying it.

Even so, like in Agri-Fab 45-0492, the soft-skin hopper bag of Agri-Fab 45-0218 is collapsible and can be removed, along with the hopper frame, so as to reduce the bulk of the machine during storage.

At the rear of the sweeper, housing is the hopper frame that is made up of the following 3 tubes: upper handle, and short and long bag rods.

The bag rods are secured to the 2 handle-leg stand tubes. These handle-leg stand tubes are bolted to either side of the sweeper housing and provides the stand for this model.

The bag rods need to slide through the hopper bag before the upper handle can be connected as this ensures that the bag is in place before the handle is attached.

This Agri-Fab model comes with a 36-month warranty.

Pros of the Agri-Fab 45-0218 Lawn Sweeper
  • High-quality and durable 2-wheeled manually-powered push-type lawn sweeper.
  • Has a sweeping path of 26inches which makes it suitable for use on home lawns whose sizes does not exceed 2000 square-feet.
  • Is built to remove grass clippings, twigs, and leaves from the lawn.
  • Lightweight model that only weighs about 26 pounds.
  • Features a durable plastic construction.
  • Its collection unit is a 7 cubic-feet hopper bag.
  • Brush has 4 rows of bristles.
  • Supports adjustment of the brush height.
  • Plastic wheels have been threaded to enhance traction.
  • Brush speed to wheel speed ratio is 5:1.
  • Supported by a 3-year warranty
The Cons
  • Requires user to lift the bag off the machine when emptying it.
  • Not suitable for removing acorns and wet decomposed thatch from the lawn.
  • Uses a soft-skin hopper bag that can be torn.

Bottom-line

Agri-Fab 45-0218 is a high-quality, durable, and lightweight 2-wheeled manually-powered push-type lawn sweeper with a sweeping path of 26inches and collection capacity of 6.2-7.0 cubic-feet.

It weighs about 26.4 pounds which makes it light enough to be hanged in the storeroom. It is lightweight because of its plastic construction.

Its hopper bag is suspended on the hopper frame that is made up of 3 tubes that are secured to the handle-leg stand tubes.

It also features a height-adjustable brush unit that is designed to sweep grass clippings, twigs, and leaves from the lawn.

It also comes with threaded plastic wheels that have plastic gear teeth. These wheels are just secured to the sweeper housing, and their gear teeth mate with the pinion gears that are attached to the brush axle, and this serves to set the ratio of wheel speed to brush speed to 1:5.

Also, each wheel has a diameter of 9.75-9.8inches and is 2.25-2.3inches thick, and this model is designed to allow for brush rotation only during forward wheel rotation.

Moreover, its brush axle holds 4 rows of bristles secured in place by double retainers, and this brush is encased by a sweeper housing that features a height adjustment tube and hand knob.

4. BEST BUDGET: Earthwise LSW70021 Lawn Sweeper

This is an affordable, durable, and lightweight 2-wheeled manually-powered push-type lawn sweeper with a sweeping path of 21inches and a collection capacity of 3.24 cubic-feet (or 2.6 bushel).

Its height-adjustable brush unit is designed to sweep grass clippings, twigs, and leaves from the lawn. Also, the brush axle holds 4 rows of bristles.

This brush is encased by a sweeper housing that features a height adjustment tube and hand knob. The 4 rows of soft bristles in the brush are arranged in the same manner as the 4 rows of bristles are arranged in Agri-Fab 45-0492.

This allows the spinning brush of this Earthwise model to create rake-like action to sweep the lawn. Even so, the brush cannot pickup pinecones, rocks, and nuts, nor is it suitable for sweeping wet thatch off the lawn.

Relatedly, it comes with threaded plastic wheels that are just secured to the sweeper housing, and they drive the brush axle.

Brush-height adjustment is done using a dial-in hand knob fitted to the mid-portion of the height adjustment tube.

This knob slides on a calibrated slot in the middle of the sweeper housing. This allows the user to measure the height of the brush from the ground.

This unique, well-constructed, and well-designed lawn sweeper is made by American Lawn Mower Company that was established in 1895 and is currently headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

This model is part of the Earthwise Sweep It! series of lawn sweepers and its model number is LSW70021.

This model weighs about 13 pounds and it can be hanged in the storeroom. As expected, it is lightweight because of its plastic construction, though its handle is made from steel that features powder-coated, scratch-resistant finish.

Likewise, it is lightweight so as not to quickly tire the user. Its proprietary E-Z Empty collection/hopper bag is sleeved and suspended on the hopper frame that is made up of 3 rods – the bottom frame rod, and 2 side frame rods.

The assembled framed hopper bag is then slid into the handle frame. As expected, to empty the bag one needs to remove it from the machine. This bag is made of fabric and is thus a soft-skin hopper bag.

For best results, this model should be used on a lawn whose size does not exceed 2000 square feet, and whose grass height is 2.5inches or less.

Also, its brush height can be adjusted to reach 0.25-0.5 inches deep into the grass, and it is not recommended to lower the brush any lower.

This means that it can only sweep a dry thatch layer that does not exceed 0.5inches in thickness. Also, unlike the 3 afore-reviewed models, this is a toolless assembly model that allows the user to fold or collapse the machine for storage.

This lawn-sweeper is shipped in a semi-assembled state in a package that weighs about 17.8 pounds. Inside the package are the disassembled parts along with a trilingual user manual written in English, Spanish, and French.

The easy-to-follow instruction guide features illustrations of well-labeled parts that allow the user to easily assemble the machine.

The ready-to-use lawn sweeper has a black and lime-green color scheme.

Like in Agri-Fab 45-0218, height adjustment in this model cannot be done well when the wheels are rotating.

Its soft-skin hopper bag is collapsible and can be removed, along with the hopper frame, so as to reduce the bulk of the machine during storage.

Its hopper frame is made of a bottom frame rods and 2 side frame rods, and these rods are first sleeved into the bag so as to give it a top frame that can hold onto the handle frame. The handle frame is made up of 2 side handle rods and a top steel handle.

The side handle rods are bolted securely to the sweeper housing on one end, while in the other end, they terminate into the top steel handle. The stand for this machine is provided by the right and left support legs.

This Earthwise Sweep It! model comes with a 12-month warranty.

Pros of the Earthwise LSW70021 Lawn Sweeper
  • High-quality and durable 2-wheeled manually-powered push-type lawn sweeper.
  • Has a sweeping path of 21inches which makes it suitable for use on home lawns whose sizes does not exceed 2000 square-feet.
  • Is built to remove grass clippings, twigs, and leaves from the lawn.
  • Lightweight model that only weighs about 13 pounds.
  • Features a durable plastic construction.
  • Collection unit features a framed 3.24 cubic-feet E-Z Empty hopper bag.
  • Brush has 4 rows of bristles.
  • Supports adjustment of the brush height.
  • Plastic wheels have been threaded to enhance traction.
  • 12months warranty.
The Cons
  • Requires user to lift the bag off the machine when emptying it.
  • Not suitable for removing acorns and wet decomposed thatch from the lawn.
  • Uses a soft-skin hopper bag that can be torn.
  • Suitable only in lawns whose grass height is 2.5inches or less.

Bottom-line

Earthwise LSW70021 is an affordable, durable, and lightweight 2-wheeled manually-powered push-type lawn sweeper with a sweeping path of 21inches and a collection capacity of 3.24 cubic-feet.

Its height-adjustable brush unit is designed to sweep dry grass clippings, twigs, and leaves from the lawn. Also, the brush axle holds 4 rows of bristles, and its brush unit is encased by a sweeper housing that features a height adjustment tube and dial-in hand knob.

Moreover, it weighs only 13 pounds due to its plastic construction, though its handle is made from steel that features powder-coated, scratch-resistant finish.

Likewise, it has threaded plastic wheels, and its collapsible bag is framed by a durable hopper frame. Finally, this model can be folded or collapsed for storage.

These aforementioned features, when weighed against the retail price, makes Earthwise LSW70021 the best budget lawn sweeper in this review.

5. Scotts LSW70026S Lawn Sweeper

This is an affordable, durable, and lightweight 2-wheeled manually-powered push-type lawn sweeper with a sweeping path of 26inches and a collection capacity of 4.48 cubic-feet (3.6 bushel).

Its height-adjustable brush unit is designed to sweep dry grass clippings, twigs, and leaves from the lawn. Also, the brush axle holds 4 rows of bristles, and its brush unit is encased by a sweeper housing that features a height adjustment tube and dial-in hand knob.

Moreover, it features a plastic construction, with its sweeper housing being made of high-strength acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic.

Even so, its handle is made from steel that features powder-coated, scratch-resistant finish. Also, the handle features a cushioned grip.

Relatedly, it has threaded plastic wheels, and a collapsible bag that is shaped by a durable hopper frame. Correspondingly, this model can be folded or collapsed for storage.

The build design and operational features of this model is quite similar to that of Earthwise LSW70021. In fact, Earthwise LSW70021 and Scotts LSW70026S models are made by the same company, American Lawn Mower Company, though they belong to different product series dubbed Earthwise Sweep It! and Scotts Sweep It! respectively.

It is evident that they both belong to the Sweep It! product line, and the 3 major differences between Earthwise LSW70021 and Scotts LSW70026S are in the sweeping path, hopper capacity, and duration of warranty, with the latter benefitting from a 2-year warranty.

Likewise, both models are affordably priced, with this Scotts lawn sweeper fetching a slightly higher price due to its larger hopper capacity and wider sweeping path.

The brush of Scotts LSW70026S has 4 rows of soft bristles. Expectedly, this allows the spinning brush to create rake-like action to sweep the lawn.

However, the brush cannot pickup pinecones, rocks, and nuts, nor is it suitable for sweeping wet thatch off the lawn.

Also, just like in Earthwise LSW70021, Scotts LSW70026S comes with threaded plastic wheels that drive the brush axle, though the wheels are just secured to the sweeper housing.

Also, the dial-in hand knob is fitted to the mid-portion of the height adjustment tube. This knob slides on a calibrated slot in the middle of the sweeper housing, and this allows the user to measure the height of the brush from the ground.

This model weighs about 20 pounds and it can be hanged in the storeroom. As expected, it is lightweight so as not to quickly tire the user.

Just like in Earthwise LSW70021, the hopper bag in Scotts LSW70026S is sleeved and suspended on the hopper frame that is made up of 3 rods – the bottom frame rod, and 2 side frame rods.

Also, the assembled framed hopper bag in Scotts LSW70026S is slid into the handle frame, and the hopper bag is made of fabric. As expected, to empty the bag one needs to remove it from the machine.

Just like in Earthwise LSW70021, for one to get the best results when using Scotts LSW70026S, the machine must be used on a lawn whose size does not exceed 2000 square-feet, and whose grass height is 2.5inches or less.

Also, its brush height can be adjusted to reach 0.25-0.5 inches deep into the grass. Likewise, height adjustment cannot be done well when the wheels are rotating.

Scotts LSW70026S is shipped in a semi-assembled state in a package that weighs about 20 pounds. Inside the package are the disassembled parts along with a trilingual user manual written in English, Spanish, and French.

The easy-to-follow instruction guide features illustrations of well-labelled parts that allow the user to easily assemble the machine. The ready-to-use lawn sweeper has green-orange-black color scheme.

Just like in Earthwise LSW70021, the soft-skin hopper bag of Scotts LSW70026S is collapsible and can be removed, along with the hopper frame, so as to reduce the bulk of the machine during storage.

The hopper bag is sleeved into this hopper frame so as to give it a top frame that can hold onto the handle frame. The handle frame is made up of 2 side handle rods and a top steel handle.

The side handle rods are bolted securely to the sweeper housing on one end, while in the other end, they terminate into the top steel handle. The stand for this Scotts lawn sweeper is the right and left support legs.

Scotts LSW70026S comes with a 24-month warranty.

Pros of the Scotts LSW70026S Lawn Sweeper
  • High-quality and durable 2-wheeled manually-powered push-type lawn sweeper.
  • Has a sweeping path of 26inches which makes it suitable for use on home lawns whose sizes does not exceed 2000 square-feet.
  • Lightweight model that is built to remove grass clippings, twigs, and leaves from the lawn.
  • Features a durable ABS plastic construction.
  • Collection unit features a framed 3.48 cubic-feet hopper bag.
  • Brush has 4 rows of bristles.
  • Supports adjustment of the brush height.
  • Plastic wheels have been threaded to enhance traction.
  • 24months warranty.
The Cons
  • Requires user to lift the bag off the machine when emptying it.
  • Not suitable for removing acorns and wet decomposed thatch from the lawn.
  • Uses a soft-skin hopper bag that can be torn.
  • Suitable only in lawns whose grass height is 2.5inches or less.

Bottom-line

Scotts LSW70026S is an affordable, durable, and lightweight 2-wheeled manually-powered push-type lawn sweeper with a sweeping path of 26inches and a collection capacity of 4.48 cubic-feet.

Its height-adjustable brush unit features 4 rows of soft bristles, and is designed to sweep dry grass clippings, twigs, and leaves from the lawn.

This brush unit is encased in an ABS sweeper housing that features a height adjustment tube and dial-in hand knob. Its handle is made from steel that has been powder-coated with a scratch-resistant finish, and its top bar features a cushioned grip.

Relatedly, it has threaded plastic wheels, and a collapsible bag that is shaped by a durable hopper frame. Correspondingly, this model can be folded or collapsed for storage.