Re: Do Lawn Sweepers Work
The CR I have is the 6.5 hp Briggs powered model. Has never bogged even with a big wet blob of grass breaking through it. The CR is not really designed to chop much. It relies on the mower blades for about 90% of any chopping. The CR blades are designed to flex a little so large objects pass through. Going on my 4th year, there is no noticeable wear to the CR blades.
It will reduce dried leaves and sticks, but not like the the mower blades. Using it with the mower deck, it does significantly reduce the volume, and I'd call it fairly fine when unloading. Used just to clean up big leaf piles, the volume reduction is a little less.
At the end of the day, the CR is in almost constant use for both lawn mowing which leaves no clippings behind, and heave fall leaf clean ups. For mowing, I can do about half an acre of one inch cut off before having to empty the bin. By the way, it is great just to disconnect the hose, and pull it over to dump.
It really has great suction. I've used it to clean up oak leaf piles while it is raining. Spring time, there are always wet leaves to clean up, more like soaked newspaper....gets them picked up no trouble.
Like said earlier, this was the best investment in my lawn equipment equal to the JD x500. The entire unit shows the highest quality materials, something hard to find these days.
Hope this experience is useful.
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