A Green and Efficient Way of Raking Leaves

A Green and Efficient Way of Raking Leaves

Range Govindan
Oct 2, 2009

One of the most annoying task in gardening is raking the leaves. We can't count the number of hours that we've spent raking up leaves. What's even more annoying is that when there are more leaves that fall to the ground, you have to do it all over again.

Raking leaves is far from being cathartic. It takes a while and you need to rake over and over again to get the job done. It's fall and the leaves are falling. It's time to find out if there isn't a better way of raking leaves. Rury Vizcarra came up with the PowerRake. The name might make you think that it includes an engine or runs off electricity. You'd be wrong. The PowerRake is manually operated and uses a sort of conveyor belt system with teeth that rake the leaves to ferry them into a sack. It's supposed to devour the mess.

Unlike blowers, it doesn't use any energy except your manual labor. Traditional rakes usually clog their teeth pretty fast. That makes the chore even longer. It looks like a great idea and we like the fact that it's not electrical. It will be interesting to see if this will get made. We think that it looks a bit boxy on the front. The conveyor idea isn't bad, but we wonder if this will work in real life application. Since rakes get clogged, what happens if the teeth of the PowerRake get clogged?

After having been frustrated by leaves, we usually revert to mowing the lawn with a sack. That usually takes care of the problem, even though it's not eco-friendly, it gets the job done. Sure, you're left with a bit of shredded leaves, but it's better than before.

[via Yanko Design, images by Rury Vizcarra]

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