Top 10 Metal Presses of 2022

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Metal shovels may cost on average more than their plastic and resin counterparts, but if you want a reliable tool for larger year-round lawn maintenance jobs—including cleaning up fall leaves—they are well worth the investment. Most handle more than one application, such as the stainless steel bow trowel that can move heavy gravel and sand and can level the soil and spread mulch in the spring. Or, like a versatile landscape trowel, it’s excellent for grading and for removing dirt from a pond.

There are also metal rakes with adjustable heads and telescopic poles that offer plenty of versatility for lighter yard work and are portable enough to pack to clean camping and picnic spots. No matter what type of metal rake you are considering, we’ve rounded up for you the most popular styles from the best brands. Read on for our recommendations, plus what to consider before you shop.

The best metal presses

What to consider

Although metal balers often cover multiple applications, there are different types to consider, each with a primary purpose. Also, since its handle can be wood, fiberglass, steel, or aluminum, the term “metal” refers to a rake head. The majority are stainless steel, although some are aluminum. While the latter is inherently lighter, the largest steel-tipped pistons generally weigh less than 5 pounds. You’ll need to look at the ferrule – the piece that attaches the head to the handle with a screw or screw – to make sure the connection is secure.

Leaf rakes have a V-shaped head, usually with more than 20 teeth angled downward at the end, as well as at least one transverse rod to attach them to (the higher the crossbar, the stronger the rake). Quality leaf presses feature flexible spines that allow you to work on the ground without permanently breaking or bending. The miniature version of the standard metal rake is called a shrub rake, and it’s designed – you guessed it – to clean up debris in beds around shrubs. Scoops with adjustable heads (with or without telescopic handles) are a combination of the two, and typically span 7 to 20 feet wide.

Standard leaf rakes differ from metal (or garden) bow shovels, which have flat heads and short, evenly spaced straight teeth. Landscape presses have a similar design, but have heads that are several feet long with short, rounded teeth. Deburring presses also have straight heads, although their teeth are usually longer or curved. Finally, metal hand presses are used for detail work, such as arranging raised beds and loosening and cultivating the soil.

How did we choose

Our picks include metal hand presses with average customer ratings of 4 stars or more from top brands including Craftsman, Ames, Bully Tools, True Temper, AM Leonard and more. We’ve relied on our rake testing and product knowledge while making our picks, reading countless buyer reviews about performance and identifying frequent customer complaints. We’ve studied a range of rake types for a range of applications across multiple price points, and compared models by looking at overall construction, material quality, and details like weight, head width, and tooth count.

Looking for more supplies to help with lawn and garden maintenance? Check out our stories on the best weeding machines, the best self-propelled lawn mowers, and the best cordless leaf blowers.


Better overall for papers

rake grass and leaves


Better with wooden handle

steel sheet rake


Best bow rake

Bow rake with fiberglass handle


best heavy duty

Ground Keeper II Rake


Best rake catch

Ames Tish Rake Companies


Best landscaping rake

landscape aluminum rake


Best shrub rake

narrow bush rake


Best hand rake

Stainless steel hand shovel

Garden Guru Garden and Lawn Tools


Best adjustable rake

adjustable rake

Do it the world’s best sourcing


most compact

foldable telescopic rake

EZ المهنية Professional Travel Kit

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