In this guide we’ll take a look at the best gravel rakes for the UK market
I’ve compared build quality, weight, durability and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What Is The Best Gravel Rake?
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Roughneck 36 Inch Aluminium Gravel Rake Review
This Roughneck 36 Inch Aluminium Gravel Rake has a 170cm (67 in.) fibreglass handle for lightness and durability. The head is 91.5cm (36 inches) wide, making it ideal for raking large areas such as gravel drives and seating areas. The gravel rake can also be used upside down for final levelling or for smoothing topsoil ready for sowing seeds or planting.
The gravel rake comes in two parts and the head is affixed to the handle using the 2 bolts and screws provided. This is simple to do using the provided small spanners. It takes a couple of minutes and produces a nice secure fixing.
The teeth are short, blunt and widely spaced making this the best gravel rake to get a nice 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, for example when sowing seeds or laying turf, this would be the best gravel rake for you. It’s perfect both for the professional or keen amateur gardener.
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Faithfull Aluminium Gravel Rake Review
This Faithfull Aluminium Gravel Rake has a solid cast aluminium head for durability and to prevent rusting. The head is 68 cm (27 in.) with eighteen tapered teeth. The wooden shaft is 1.8 m (72 in.)
The large head provides great coverage without any loss of manoeuvrability. The widely spaced teeth making it perfect for levelling gravel and other aggregates. It is also very effective at levelling soil and for clearing debris as the blunt ended teeth don’t dig into soil too much.
I used this gravel rake to level a path and it did a good job, levelling the gravel nicely. I also used it to prepare a vegetable bed and again it did a great job, easily pulling out missed weeds, twigs and stones without digging into the soil.
This is a good value gravel rake that will give many years of service.
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Wolf-Garten 40 cm Multi-Change Bow Rake Head Review
This Wolf-Garten 40 cm Multi-Change Bow Rake Head is part of Wolf Garten’s multi change range. The head is 40 cm wide and has curved teeth that pull through soil and gravel, effectively smoothing and levelling soil without digging in. This is a smaller rake than the previous products and would be ideal for paths or intricate areas – or perhaps creating a Zen garden.
This item is the rake head only and you can choose from a range of handles from the Wolf Garten range which includes ash and aluminium products. This also means you can choose the right length tool for your height, preventing back problems caused by stooping.
It’s also handy as the interchangeable heads mean you require fewer handle and this makes them easy to store. Wolf Garten tools are perfect for the allotment gardener and those with smaller gardens because they are so easy to store. They also provide excellent value for money as you can buy a range of high-quality tools and just one or two handles. The tool comes with a 10-year guarantee.
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.
Gravel Rake Buying Guide
A gravel rake has certain characteristic that makes it suitable for the job. They usually have short, sturdy wide spaced teeth that prevent them from digging in to soil or gravel, allowing you to achieve a smooth, level finish.
When choosing a gravel rake, you want one that is lightweight, otherwise raking can be particularly back-breaking work. Choose an aluminium head if you can, otherwise, carbon steel or powder coated steel are good rust proof choices. Sturdy metal tines or teeth are essential, so you don’t have problems with bending, snapping or wearing down. The handle you need will depend on your height, so do check that the one you choose will be comfortable to use. Alternatively, you could choose a multi head tool and get just the right handle for you.
Ensure that the head can be securely affixed to the handle to prevent it from coming loose.
Do I really need a gravel rake? Couldn’t I just use a garden rake or grass rake to level gravel?
Garden rake usually have much smaller heads so if you have a large area to rake, using a garden rake will take a long time and you will not get as even a finish as you would with a larger head. In addition, garden rakes don’t usually have such sturdy tines so you can easily damage them if you use them on gravel. They will also wear down more quickly than those on a sturdy gravel rake. Lastly, garden rakes usually have longer, more pointed teeth and these will dig into the gravel and prevent you from achieving a smooth, even finish.