They can pitch in for spring yard chores, spend all summer sweeping up lawn clippings, and picking up all that Mother Nature drops on you in the fall.
All you need to get going with a push lawn mower is the strength of your own body (and you might not even need much of that if your lawn sweeper is powered). To use a tow-behind sweeper, you'll need some sort of vehicle to which to attach it. Lawn and garden tractors, some zero turn mowers, and even ATVs will suffice.
How to Size a Tow-Behind Lawn Sweeper
Selecting the right tow-behind sweeper comes down to looking at three qualities:
The width of the sweeper
The size of the hopper
The style of hitch that connects the sweeper to a vehicle
1. Choose a Width
Tow-behind lawn sweepers have various widths, which will determine how quickly you can collect leaves and debris.†
A 21" sweeper is suitable for a small to average sized property, but a 100" sweeper is a necessity for a large property.
2. Choose a Hopper Volume
Hoppers collect the leaves as they're swept up. Their capacities vary by cubic feet. A small yard may only require a 12 cubic-foot hopper, but a larger lawn may require a 26 cubic-foot hopper.
For very large properties, you can even opt for multiple-hoppers capable of holding as much as 78 cubic-feet worth of leaves and debris.
3. Choose a Hitch
Hitches vary in height. The height you choose should be based on what you're towing it with. For example, a zero-turn hitch may differ from a garden tractor's.
If you're unsure what height you need, choose a sweeper with a multi-hitch height. This will provide more versatility and take some of the worry out of whether or not it will fit.