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7 reviews | 4 out of 5
The rake came unassembled. I set my 12 yr. old grandson to the task of assembling the unit which he was able to accomplish with minimum supervision and in less than an hour. We then set out to remove a foot of snow from a metal roof. Taking about a two foot bite, the snow came off quite easily. The axel cut through the fairly hard snow and the gate closed. Of course removing a foot of snow from a 12 X 20 foot section of roof still took some effort but was accomplished just as nicely from the ground as it could have been from being on the roof itself and of course much safer. I had purchased an additional length of handle making the handle 26 feet long. It was also useful.
Moving the unit over laterally was the most difficult portion of the operation. I think a short auxillary pole with a Y yoke which one could use to lift the main unit at its working end would make moving the unit over much easier then trying to lift it over with the long handle. I haven't tried doing that yet but certainly will next time I need to use it.
This appeares to be a fine product (Garelick 21 snow trap roof snow rake) made of quality material. Technical support from Garelick was excellent with good follow-up. Wal-mart's order tracking and on site pickup service was top notch. I cannot comment on the rake's in use performance since it hasn't snowed yet in my area this season.
I have not yet had the opportunity to use this, but I would like to make a suggestion on assembly. In addition to the parts bag add two 1/4" hex nuts and four 1/4" flat washer to the build. I used all stainless. With the extra pieces you can bolt the "U" shaped bracket to the rod and install the flat washers on both sides of the supplied wheels so they turn smoothly.
At first glance at the flapping plate I wasn't sure this would be for me but I found I liked it better than my previous roof rake with the plate that was stationary
I do like this product and I would say it is the strongest built one out there. My only issue with it is the heavy gage copper wire that you get to put the door onto the brace. It is in a triangle shape and they come loose and the door gets stuck closed several times. I am looking into a way to replace them with a ring type so that the door will work better. That is the only reason it did not get a 5 star but I still think it is the strongest built for pulling the snow and the wheels help it to move over the roof nicely. All in all it is a good product.
This has really come in handy with all the snow on our roof.
I bought this snow roof rake less than 3 weeks from Walmart website. The product is very difficult to be assembled. After used it for 3 times, one of the support braces broke. Also one of the hog ring fell off and missing. It is not useable now once the support brace broke. I paid $102 (the rake and shipping) and used it 3 times. Totally not worth it.