How to make a drag-behind tractor leaf rake

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How to make a drag-behind tractor leaf rake
Fallen leaves make your property look messy. (autumn image by Grzegorz Kwolek from

Raking your garden each autumn is no fun. As soon as you rake up a pile of leaves, more fall down and you have to start all over. There are many drag-behind attachments that you can buy for your ride-on mower but they are cost prohibitive. If you are sick of raking leaves but you do not want to spend the money for a lawnmower attachment, you can build a drag-behind leaf rake easily and inexpensively.

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Things you need

  • 4 studs, 5 cm by 10 cm by 1.2 m (2 inch by 4 inch by 48 inch)
  • 1.2 by 2.4 m (4 by 8 foot) chain link fence
  • Hammer
  • 8.7 cm (3 1/2 inch) nails
  • 1.5 m (5 foot) rope

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  1. 1

    Sandwich a 1.2 m (4 foot) end of the chain link fence between two studs. Nail the two studs together from both sides with the fence between them.

  2. 2

    Repeat on the other end of the fence until you have studs covering both 1.2 m (4 foot) ends.

  3. 3

    Attach the rope to both ends of a stud by setting a nail halfway and bending it over the rope 5 cm (2 inches) from the end of the rope.

  4. 4

    Tie a loop in the middle of the rope just large enough to get over the ball hitch on your mover.

Tips and warnings

  • When bending the nail over the rope, ensure that it is tight and the rope can not slip out. You can tie the end of the rope around the nail to further guard against slippage.
  • Steel will corrode five times faster in pressure-treated wood. If you are using pressure-treated wood, use stainless steel or galvanised nails.

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