When I first started out as a professional pooper scooper over 9 years ago, I purchased a tool set from the local pet shop. It included a litter pan with an upright handle and a spade/rake combo tool made out of aluminum. It didn’t take long before I realized this equipment was useless in a business application.
You see, the aluminum is very malleable (translation: flimsy) and could not withstand the pressure I exerted upon it when scooping in grass. It was no match for thick grass. Time and again the tines of the rake would bend towards the spade.
As for the litter pan, it was only capable of carrying one pile of waste at a time.
To top it all off, the handles for these tools were short. In order to use them, I had to constantly bend at the waist.
It didn’t take me too long to realize I needed better tools.
After some research, I selected the Corona Extendable Cultivator. This gardening rake is an excellent scooping tool.
The rake is sturdy and durable. Unlike the aluminum rake, this tool is firm and doesn’t bend when working in thick grass. With five tines, it glides effortlessly through grass and lifts the waste up and into my lobby pan.
It collapses to 18″ for east storage and can extend up to 32″. This is very handy at keeping you a reasonable distance from the poo. Because it is extendable, it allows me to reach for waste without bending over.
The spacing of the tines can often allow for small pieces of waste or even wet waste to fall through. However, by adjusting my grip slightly, I can manipulate the rake in such a way as to pick up and scoop small waste on the rounded edge of the rake. Also, using the same modified grip enables me to scrape up wet waste that sticks to the blades of grass.
The tine spacing allows the rake to pick up thatch and leaves. To avoid collecting much of this type of waste, I simply run the rake backwards against the grass to shake off any organic waste the tines accumulate.
Winter scooping with the extendable cultivator is challenging. Occasionally, I need to exert extra force to chip frozen waste out of frozen dirt or icy snow.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5 stars