Differences between a landscape rake and a grader blade

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Differences between a landscape rake and a grader blade
Old tow-behind rig with mid-mount grader blade (Old red Tractor image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com)

Grader blades and landscape rakes can be rear-mounted using a three-point hitch or quick hitch. They can also be front mounted on Bobcats or other small skid-steers. They can be fitted with kits to allow hydraulic tilting, angling, raising and lowering. Both can be used, depending on size, for landscaping, grounds keeping, construction or sports field maintenance.

What a Landscape Rake Does

Landscape rakes are designed to comb the upper surface of the soil. They reshape and clean ground before seeding or rolling. Slightly springy steel tines pick up rocks or debris while they groom and distribute soil. Landscape rakes can be used to spread gravel or compost evenly. They can create profiles, or hills, by using the angling feature.

Differences between a landscape rake and a grader blade
Rakes remove debris from loose soil. (agricoltura sporca image by AlessandroContadin from Fotolia.com)

What a Grader Blade Does

Grader blades are designed for precision scraping, instead of ripping like a dozer blade. They are also used for backfilling and snow removal. They leave a smooth, uniform surface behind. Most landscape blades have reversible cutting edges for longer life. Large grader blades can also be fitted with removable teeth for soil cutting.

Differences between a landscape rake and a grader blade
Mid-mount grader blade on road grader. (grader road construction image by Francois du Plessis from Fotolia.com)

Spreading vs. Incorporation

One of the main differences between a rake and a grader blade is that the rake will incorporate material into the soil as well as comb it out. A grader is designed to cut material and spread it over the surface, then smooth it into an even layer. A rake's individual tines separate soil and allow material such as compost to incorporate itself.

Differences between a landscape rake and a grader blade
Rakes incorporate compost and clean soil. (new construction landscaping image by Photoeyes from Fotolia.com)

Conditioning vs. Planing

Rakes work the soil, and grader blades plane it. Landscape rakes remove roots, rocks and other debris that might be in the topsoil before you grade. Because rakes can be set low so the tines cut soil, they also can separate and aerate it. The whole operation is called soil conditioning. Grader blades also cut soil but they do it by peeling off the surface. They don't aerate or comb, instead they work like a plane. They flatten, reduce height and smooth. Both implements can make hills by angling the blade and building up material. The grader blade is more efficient at hilling because the finer particles don't pass through it as they can through the rake tines.

Differences between a landscape rake and a grader blade
Horse-drawn landscape rake (OLD FARM MACHINERY image by Steve Thompson from Fotolia.com)

Filling, Leveling and Ditching

Grader blades level soil to give you a uniform layer. Grader blades can build up material and carry it along to fill holes. Rakes, depending on the size and separation of the tines, can do that to some extent but are inefficient because soil will always pass through. Instead of building up a layer of soil they carry along debris like rocks or sticks. Grader blades can also be used for ditching, which landscape rakes can't do.

Differences between a landscape rake and a grader blade
Grader blades level soil for driveways. (construction worker, carpenter image by Greg Pickens from Fotolia.com)

Landscape Rake Grading Blade

Some rock rakes can be fitted with a grading blade inside the tines to allow dual use.

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