A lawn sweeper is a garden tool that is used to clean and maintain the lawn. Its main purpose is to pick and clear out fallen leaves, rocks, twigs, and other debris commonly found in the garden.
How Does It Work?
A lawn sweeper is a simple machine. It is roughly made up of a metal frame, a brush, axle, 2 wheels and a catcher (a collection bag). Certain lawn sweepers have motors as well. The sweeper works on a simple mechanism. As the sweeper is rolled across the lawn, the brush catches and collects the debris into the catcher. This collected material can later be disposed either in the trash or compost pit, depending on your preference.
Troubleshooting Problems with a Lawn Sweeper
Owning a lawn sweeper is an advantageous proposition. Not only are they very easy to use, they are also an ecofriendly garden maintenance tool. In addition, lawn sweeper maintenance can be easily managed. While lawn sweepers occasionally endure common troubleshooting problems (these arise from regular wear and tear), there are simple and effective solutions for each of them.
- Locked or Deflated Wheels
One of the most common troubleshooting problems with lawn sweepers is with the sweeper wheels. Most of these problems occur because of extended use. The wheels may get exhausted, and this may present as irreversible wear and tear or deflated tires. In case of deflation, simply refill the air or replace the wheels. Another common problem is the locking of the sweeper wheels. This can be corrected with a little oiling and greasing. If the problem doesn’t go away, you may need to replace the wheels.
- Clogged Vacuum
Sometimes the collected particles can end up lodged in the sweeper vacuum. When such a clogging occurs, the sweeper will be unable to perform effectively. At times, when there is excessive load on the sweeper, debris such as twigs, pebbles, stone and leaves may get stuck. One way to avoid this is to clear out the catcher carefully after use. In addition to this also clean out the sweeper brush and the wheels, and thoroughly clean the vacuum. Be sure to give the sweeper and wet rag a wipe-down every few weeks.
- Worn-out Parts
Constant use leads to wear and tear. This affects the different parts of the sweeper in different ways.
- Brushes: The brushes on account of constant contact with rough objects tend to wear out easily. Either the brush will become bare or it may come loose. This directly affects the sweeper’s performance and its ability to clear the yard of debris. If you are lucky, the brush may simply need to be tightened back into place. However, if the brush is exhausted, you may need to purchase a replacement brush.
- Catcher: Like the brush, the catcher too bears a load of the work and therefore is prone to damage. The catcher is usually a canvas bag. While this material is durable, it can over time tear and fray. Jagged bits of debris can further ruin the catcher. If the damage isn’t severe, you can try to patch up the affected bits and continue using the catcher. If the bag is completely wrecked, order a replacement one.