DIY Leveling rake

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DIY Leveling rake

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Start with one of these. They're only $40-$50 new and you can find them on CL or FB for $20-$30. This is almost EXACTLY like one of the leveling rakes, just with legs and more cross pieces.

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Drill out rivets, remove the legs and take out every other cross piece, or however you want to set it up.




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Assemble and you'll come up with something like this:

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Here's the finished product. I used an extra push broom that I had and some angle brackets to attach it. Just messing around with it, if works great! I'm in this for a total of $0.00, but if you had to buy things and depending on your creativity, you could get it done for less than $40 no problem.

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Nice write-up! Thanks! :thumbup:

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Nice. May have to try this myself. Any chance of getting more detailed photos of the handle bracket?

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tommyboy wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:01 pm
Nice. May have to try this myself. Any chance of getting more detailed photos of the handle bracket?
I'll try to get a couple close ups tonight. It's really simple, just a couple of L brackets and bolts.

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Here's a zoon in of the original image:


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I originally had it fabbed up with an aluminum setup, but I personally liked the added weight of the steel.
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That is amazing I know what I am doing this weekend. Thanks for the write up.

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Bookmarked for a few months from now. Thanks for this!

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For those of you who live in Menards country and can utilize the in-store rebate, $17.78.

https://www.menards.com/main/paint/ladd ... 770164.htm

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^^^^ That's a great price!

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There's another thread going around with guys making them from wood. You might be able to use the push broom bracket from that on this as well.

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This looks awesome and I am going to try to build one myself. Originally, I was going to buy either a 36" or 48" from R&R products.

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Yea when I first looked I was wondering why not buy the 48 from R&R, thats what I did and it works great. Well, I guess I forgot what I paid because looking just now this is a smoking deal for a tool that will work just as well. Good deal you got there.

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Thanks for the idea, I've had a step up in the rafters for years. Mine doesn't have as many slats so I can't remove them. I'll cut out the tread if I need to, so far it has worked great with some top soil spot tests.

This was $0 for me. Thatch rake handle will get swapped back and forth. The black angled pieces are cord channel that I use at work. Thrilled with how it turned out.


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new user that found the site after looking for a leveling rake. Hi everyone!

I was able to score a 40" from menards, but trying to figure out how to attach a handle. Anyone know the name of the bracket that the official rakes use (attached to the post)? I can't come up with a name or description for the life of me.

I was thinking about using the snap on handles that dry dusters / mops use, but I'm not sure if it's a beefy enough solution.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Rubbermaid- ... /100657971

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This is amazing. I wish I saw this before I bought the leveling rake.

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:evil:
quackamole wrote:
Mon May 04, 2020 2:17 pm
new user that found the site after looking for a leveling rake. Hi everyone!

I was able to score a 40" from menards, but trying to figure out how to attach a handle. Anyone know the name of the bracket that the official rakes use (attached to the post)? I can't come up with a name or description for the life of me.

I was thinking about using the snap on handles that dry dusters / mops use, but I'm not sure if it's a beefy enough solution.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Rubbermaid- ... /100657971

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Also interested in the name of this bracket or what it was originally intended for if anyone know.

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slick !!!

Good job.

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JasonRMorrow wrote:
Fri May 01, 2020 3:29 pm
Thanks for the idea, I've had a step up in the rafters for years. Mine doesn't have as many slats so I can't remove them. I'll cut out the tread if I need to, so far it has worked great with some top soil spot tests.

This was $0 for me. Thatch rake handle will get swapped back and forth. The black angled pieces are cord channel that I use at work. Thrilled with how it turned out.


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My HF had one that looked like this, so I didn't bother to pick it up as it didn't look like it would work as well. How did your's end up working for you?

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You've got to remove the cross pieces and fasten then back down. That one I would only put 2 back and it would work great.

I use mine so much more than I thought I ever would. It's an indispensable tool for me now.

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