What is a rake?
Rakes are hand tools consisting of a long handle attached to a head. The head has a number of tines set in it, sometimes called teeth or prongs. Rakes come in a variety of designs and sizes, for many different tasks.
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Rakes are commonly used in agriculture, horticulture, gardening, and landscaping. Some rakes are designed for gathering hay, grass clippings, leaves and other, similar, lightweight materials.
Some rakes can be used for more heavy duty work such as loosening and turning soil, removing dead plant materials from grass or removing weeds. Many rake designs can be used for levelling soil, gravel, and other ground materials.
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There are also mechanised rakes, for use over larger areas, which can be powered by electricity or petrol. As well as extra-large rakes which are commonly used in farming or large-scale landscaping, and usually attach to a tractor or similar vehicle.