What Are The UK's Best Gravel Rakes?
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Roughneck 36 Inch Aluminium Gravel Rake Review
If you have a particularly large gravelled area in your garden, a small gravel rake will make your job a lot harder. A wide rake is ideal for getting it smoothed over and free of leaves in a short time.
The best and widest gravel rake I’ve found is the Roughneck 36 Inch Aluminium Gravel Rake. It trumps all others with its 91.5cm width!
It will cover extensive areas in less time than smaller rakes. You can use it with the teeth facing up for final levelling or smoothing topsoil ready for sowing seeds.
It also has a 65inch fibreglass handle which is an excellent height for avoiding backache. Its fibreglass construction keeps it very lightweight and highly durable. Although, fibreglass does come with a higher price tag.
The rake comes in two parts; the head must be affixed to the handle using the two bolts and screws provided. Assembly is made simple with the included spanners. It only takes a couple of minutes and will provide a secure fixing.
The teeth are short, blunt and widely spaced, making this the best gravel rake for an even surface on gravel or topsoil. The teeth do not dig in but skim the surface, making it easy to produce the perfect finish.
This is a durable gravel rake that is well made and lightweight to use.
If you regularly have to level gravel or topsoil when sowing seeds or laying turf, this is the best gravel rake you can buy. It’s perfect both for the professional or keen amateur gardener.
- Lightweight yet very sturdy
- Can be used for both raking and levelling
- Assembly is very easy, with the 2 screws, bolts and spanners included
- The grip on the handle is both comfortable and washable
- May be too wide from some pathways at 91.5cm, so a smaller rake may also be required
- The 170cm handle may be too long for shorter users
- Not designed for heavy duty tasks
- Although lightweight, using this rake for long periods of time will require some strength
Faithfull Aluminium Gravel Rake Review
Suppose you want the best gravel rake you can buy, with all the essential features but don’t want to ‘rake’ out a fortune. This next one is cheap and cheerful!
It’s the Faithfull Aluminium Gravel Rake. Its solid cast-aluminium head is durable and resistant to rust. If looked after, it should give you many years of good service.
The head is 68cm with eighteen pointed teeth, great for achieving a fantastic, even finish. Although rakes do come wider than this, if you’ve got a small to medium-sized gravelled area, you won’t need it to be any bigger.
The medium-sized rake head is also a lot easier to use than wider models; it will be simple to manoeuvre.
The wooden shaft is 1.8m, so you can use it without bending too much and potentially hurting your back.
The widely spaced teeth make it perfect for levelling gravel and other aggregates.
It is also very effective at levelling soil and clearing debris as the blunt-ended teeth don’t dig into the ground too much.
You can also use it to prepare a vegetable bed, quickly pulling out missed weeds, twigs and stones without digging into the soil.
- At 68”, this rake is best for large lawns and pathways
- Comfortable for taller users to use without bending over
- The wide prongs ensure it’s perfect for pushing around large piles of leaves and debris
- Very strong and sturdy
- The handle is very long at 1.8m, so shorter users may find it tricky to use
- Some users have found the tines bend if used on very tough terrain
- Not suitable for narrow paths or areas due to the width
Wolf-Garten 40 cm Multi-Change Bow Rake Head Review
Lots of garden tools just seem too short, always leaving you with that dreaded backache. With that in mind, my following recommendation offers options for handle length as well as material.
This Wolf-Garten 40cm Multi-Change Bow Rake Head is part of Wolf Garten’s multi-change range. This item is the rake head only, and you can choose from a range of handles from the Wolf Garten range, including ash and aluminium products.
You can choose the correct length for your height, preventing the back issues caused by stooping.
The head is 40cm wide and has curved teeth that pull through soil and gravel, effectively smoothing and levelling it without digging in. This is a smaller rake than other products; however, it would be ideal for paths and intricate areas.
The way that the product range offers interchangeable heads means you save lots more money on garden tools. Instead of buying several tools, you can keep the one handle and buy separate attachable heads.
As well as saving your money, this kind of product takes up less space, as each tool is significantly smaller without a handle. For this reason, Wolf Garten tools are perfect for the allotment gardener or those with smaller gardens because they are so easy to store.
The Wolf Garten Bow rake is light to use and sturdily made. It does a great job of levelling soil and gravel, and you can choose the exact handle for your requirements.
- At 40cm, this rake head is perfect for smaller areas and narrow pathways
- Purchasing the handle separately means you have full control over the length and material
- Can be used as an interchangeable head with just one handle, meaning you don't need much storage
- Breaks up hard soil and pulls through gravel with ease
- A handle will need to be purchased separately so this product cannot be used straight away
- Smaller than others on the market which means it may take longer to work across larger lawns
How to Choose The Best Gravel Rake
A gravel rake will clear debris from gravel areas and pathways. Gravel driveways can start to look messy if they’re not properly maintained. Fallen leaves and tyre tracks can spoil the appearance of your well-kept front (or back!) garden.
Raking your gravel will even it out and remove unsightly leaves and debris. Specially designed gravel rakes do a fantastic job of this, as they have specific design features that distinguish them from standard rakes.
If you’re planning on purchasing a gravel rake, but you’re not sure what to look out for, the following tips will help you make an informed decision:
The handle material is essential, as this will directly impact your new rake’s comfort and ease of use.
My top materials are either aluminium or rust-proof steel. Both are lightweight and durable. Fibreglass is another excellent option, although it tends to be expensive.
Wooden handles are traditional and very stylish, plus they’re naturally warm and grippy. However, wooden handles can be damaged by the elements, shrinking, expanding and rotting if stored improperly.
The height and width of the rake are also critical.
You want your rake at the optimum height, so you’re not bending over and hurting your back. A handle length of around 170 – 180cm tends to be suitable for most people.
The width of the rake head can vary enormously between models. Those with a 40cm width or less are best for smaller and narrower driveways, while wider rakes are best for larger gravel spaces.
Gravel rakes aren’t the most versatile garden tools, but they can be used for other tasks. The rake can be used with the teeth facing up for levelling gravel and soil in most cases.
Using the teeth face down can remove leaves and debris.
Multi-head tools tend to be the best value for money.
These offer many different head attachments, which are available separately. They can all attach to a handle which is usually a standalone product.
Generally, these tend to work out cheaper, especially if you want several tools, as you only need to buy one handle. The heads are more affordable to buy than buying a whole tool.
You can also choose the correct height and handle material to suit you by buying the shaft separately.
Gravel Rake FAQs
Gravel rakes tend to have much wider heads, making it easier to rake large areas such as gravel beds. They will also give a more even finish. Additionally, ‘normal’ garden rakes don’t usually have such sturdy tines, so you can easily damage them if you use them on gravel. Lastly, garden rakes typically have longer, more pointed teeth, and these will dig into the gravel and prevent you from achieving a smooth, even finish.
Raking gravel is far easier when you have the right tools.
- To start, survey the area and spray any weeds with weed killer. When the weeds die, break them off at the stem.
- Begin pulling the rake across the gravel, working in straight lines. Alternating directions can help you to keep the gravel level. In doing so, you’ll also loosen leaves and debris, which can be raked into a pile and collected at the end.
- Survey the area again and take a look at any deeper spots. The gravel from deeper areas can be spread across to the areas where the gravel isn’t so deep. If you don’t have enough gravel to make it even, you may need to add more.
For tight budgets, a plastic rake is OK. These are also very lightweight, which makes them easy to use. However, they aren’t as durable as metal, and they struggle with heavy-duty work. Tines may eventually break on plastic models.
Metal rakes are more expensive but much longer-lasting. They can have added features, like a telescopic handle. Metal rakes are a lot heavier, which makes their height and comfort all the more critical.