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Where can I get a really decent garden rake?

My last two snapped. I see Wolf Garten make something that is solid enough, but I don't like their two-part system.

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  • nick615nick615 SW IrelandPosts: 999
    Occasionally, one can find second hand tool stalls in markets, or an odd find at a car boot sale.  For just that 'right' one, it may take time but, when you find it, it'll be time well spent.  The odd charity shop might be worth a quick look too.
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 6,463
    I was going to suggest Wolf Garten when I was the topic title but obviously no good if you don't like their system.  Kent & Stowe tools look strong but aren't cheap.
  • BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 3,622
    Sneeboer tools are the gardening equivalent of Rolls Royce.

    https://www.sneeboer.co.uk/our-collections/rake/
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,633
    The Wolf rake heads are very sturdy and the fact that the heads separate from the handles is a boon and makes them very easy to store and use.

    We have 3 rake heads now - one about 9" wide which is a good width for raking heavy stuff like stony bits or gravel; one a bit wider I use for raking beds level after spreading compost on them ready for planting and one really wide one that is too big for me but which OK found really useful for levelling and smoothing his newly seeded lawn bed.  Then there are the spring tined heads for raking grass and leaves.

    I like that you can choose your handle length too - short for close work, medium or long depending on the job in hand.   We have 2 of each so we can both get on with different jobs.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 888
    Another vote for Wolf from me.
    They are well made, reasonably priced, and the long handle is great for my husband  - 6' 5". 
    I've got lots of their other attachments .... and one each of the other handle lengths.

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,633

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 5,679
    The two-part systems are handy, even if you keep the rake head and the pole permanently attached, as an integral tool. The poles always go before the rake heads regardless of brand and it’s easy to replace the pole. I have Gardena tools and find them really sturdy. My bugbear is never finding one with close enough tines for fine raking.
  • Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 2,003
    edited April 2021
    @Obelixx that's a fine collection of Wolf you have.......I started my collection last year.....I love that the heads are so easy to store........great idea to put the board on the wall.  Note to self.......clean out and organise shed 😂
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,633
    Hi @Mary370 that board was already there but I did install my own tool boards in the garage in the last house - one for Wolf and one for all the screwdrivers, hacksaws, pliers etc. - so it was very easy to adapt this former tool shed to a garden shed.

    I also have a few of those S hooks on the frame of the polytunnel so I can keep a dedicated long handle and hoe and rake heads down there and not traipse back and forth.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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