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Review – Brinly Hardy 42” Tow-behind Sweeper

I’ve owned this unit for about 2 years now. I use it primarily for fall cleanup of pine straw (needles) and leaves. Their claim that it would pick up pine straw is what initially attracted me to it, and I must say, it lives up to that claim.

Assembly is relatively easy. It offers an adjustable hitch to adapt to the drawbar height of most tractors.

The brushes adjustment is straightforward and allows for deep cleaning as well as high off the ground for transport to your designated dumpsite. They lift and toss all varieties of lawn debris into the hopper. It will throw pine cones as well as small stones.

Dumping the 15 cf hopper is done from the tractor seat via a pull rope. It allows you to dump as you continue rolling so as to spread out your load.

It also offers a compact vertical storing feature allows storage close to a wall leaving valuable floor space for other things.

PROS: Picks up leaves and pine straw and a variety of other lawn debris effortlessly.

Compact storage.

Easy dump hopper.

CONS: Hopper capacity to small (Note: A larger capacity hopper would make it more difficult to dump.)

Some debris is thrown over the hopper. (Easily remedied by slowing tractor down when approaching said debris)

All in all, it’s a great unit. Does what it says and does it well. I’m looking at ways
to increase hopper capacity and still make it easy dumping.

Purchased at Home Depot

Purchase Price $200


Series No. STS-42 LX Deluxe
Description Tow-behind Sweeper
Working Width 42" Working width
Hamper Capacity 15 Cu. Ft. Capacity
Brushes (6) 11" Diameter
Wheels & Tires 12" x 3" Bar tread
Bearings Shielded Roller
Reverse Freewheels in reverse
Storage Stores in a compact upright position
Warranty 2 Year limited
 

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Argee i have same sweeper works great. i have a problem raising lowering it seems spring for handle to long and dosent allow to flex enough- keeps bending plate - any ideas and did u have this problem?
 

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Camarokid980 said:
Argee i have same sweeper works great. i have a problem raising lowering it seems spring for handle to long and dosent allow to flex enough- keeps bending plate - any ideas and did u have this problem?
Mine doesn't have a spring for the handle. It's pretty straight forward mechanical with several height adjustment holes.
 

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I addressed both complaints on my Brinley. On the adjusting handle, I placed a flat washer between it and the plate. That allows the pin to clear the holes.

The problem of the debris overshooting the top of the catcher can be solved without slowing down. Slowing down tends to drop too much at the front edge of the hopper and it will create a *** and never fill.

First off, the draw bar should be parallel to the ground or maybe even a little higher. You have yours too low. Flip it over to get more range. Raising the bar changes the angle of the cowling. You can adjust how the hopper carries so as not to drag.

Also, the cowling tends to bow up in the middle and needs to be straightened. Use a thin board to avoid kinking the sheet metal.

The top flap hangs down too low and intercepts the flow of debris. What I did was to attach a length of 2" ABS sched 40 pipe to the top of the side frame right where the bend is and then route the top flap over top of the pipe.

The one problem I did not solve was the tire treads plugging and then slipping. I wish they would have used a self-clearing tractor tire tread pattern. I'm thinking that I might angle cut every tread to make it self clearing. I just haven't come up with a jig or template design yet. If someone decides to give that a try, remember that the pattern needs to be opposite to how a tractor is since the wheels drag, not drive.
 
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