Intro: Fix Your Rakes
it's usually just the handles that wear out, weather and snap. It happened to two of mine.
I came across some handles and thought it was time to have long rakes again!
Step 1: Take Off Old Handle
Remove the keeper screw from the rake head that attached to the handle.
Step 2: Sand New Handle to Match Old Handle
I used the belt sander for this. It really goes quickly and the trick is to keep rotating the handle and it is being sanded.
Keep test fitting as you go. If you over sand and the handle gets too skinny, just sand off the end and keep working at it.
Step 3: Remove Rust
The plastic rake is ready to re assemble, but the metal one has surface rust and really shows signs of age - it's almost 30 years old after all!
I put it in the sand blaster for a quick cleanup.
Step 4: Reform As Needed
A couple well placed mallet blows make everything tight and nice again.
Step 5: Paint Metal Rake
Metal rakes will rust again.
You can slow that down by coating them with paint!
I used a hammer tone spray paint.
I like to hang items that need paint from a low branch with baling wire. Make a simple hook and be sure nothing will bump it if a breeze picks up.
Step 6: Reassembly
Drill a guide hole and screw the rake back onto the new handle.
Go rake something! You did it!
I repaired these rakes at the Tech Shop in San Carlos. They have many great tools, and the ones I needed for this project.