frequently asked questions


YES. This is one of the most common tasks for the SURF RAKE. Hundreds of tines mounted in offset rows rake through the sand each second capturing the small debris such as cigarette butts and broken glass.

NO. The Barber SURF RAKE has been designed to work well in both wet and dry sand. The SURF RAKE does not need any modification to go from dry sand cleaning to wet sand work.

YES. The Barber SURF RAKE is the most effective beach cleaner in removing seaweed. Our tine raking method of cleaning is ideally suited for this type of debris.

YES. The Barber SURF RAKE has 4 offset rows of tines working in the sand at all times. The tines clean to a consistent depth over the full width of the conveyor. This action actually pulls debris to the surface of the sand for removal by the tines.

YES. Each tine may be replaced individually. 100 tines could be changed with simple hand tools, at the jobsite, in one hour.

YES. The life expectancy of the conveyor belt exceeds that of any other beach cleaner by at least 5 times. The unique rubber belt is immune to the abrasion inflicted by sand on steel belts/screens. It also will not stretch, as is the case with steel belts and screens.

NO. The machine rides over hidden or submerged objects. The SURF RAKE does not employ a buried cutting edge like those found on some other machines.

NO. As the machine rides over hidden or submerged objects, the operator will not experience any quick stop or lunge of the machine.

YES. H. Barber & Sons, Inc. will match any color at no charge.

NO. The SURF RAKE will level the beach as it cleans allowing for an even cleaning every time.

YES. The Barber SURF RAKE is the least intrusive method of beach cleaning: lifting only unwanted debris from the sand rather than all of the sand in order to clean, the SURF RAKE has very low ground pressure, and the optional finisher removes all tire marks as it operates.

YES. The SURF RAKE can be used on and off the beach. Additional applications include removing trash and debris from pavement and grassy areas, thatching and stone picking.

NO. Many other machines have been used to tow the SURF RAKE. Contact the factory for individual advice.

YES. The hydraulic drive system allows very tight turns. The turning radius of the SURF RAKE matches that of its towing unit. Most tractors have a narrow turning radius.

YES. One of the quietest products in the industry. In an effort to keep noise pollution to a minimum, Barber has eliminated all steel on steel friction from their products and replaced it with quiet urethane rollers to smoothly convey material to their hopper. Operating at levels of 79dB or less with Barber meets and/or exceeds all Occupational Safety and Health Standards. 


NO. The SAND MAN is equipped with rubber tires, which allow it to drive over grass with out gouging and over sidewalks without leaving scratches. The optional front transport wheel also assists in moving the SAND MAN from site to site quietly and without damage to the surface it is driving on.

YES. The SAND MAN comes with the three most often requested mesh sizes. We also offer 8 other sizes for custom beach conditions.


NO. The TURF RAKE removes the stone and elevates it to a debris hopper at the rear of the machine in one pass. It does not windrow material.

NO. The TURF RAKE leaves the area level with no ruts; even tire marks are smoothed. Seeding can begin immediately after the TURF RAKE is done cleaning.

YES. The hopper on the TURF RAKE can raise to a height of nine feet so the unit can even dump into high sidewall dump trucks.


YES. The ROAD RAKE has its own engine, is towed by a truck, has gutter brushes and works on pavement. The LITTER PICKER is towed by a tractor and is powered by the hydraulics of the tractor, for use on grass and turf.

YES. The LITTER PICKER can work anywhere a tractor can work. However, the LITTER PICKER does not benefit from gutter brushes (ROAD RAKE is equipped with brushes) and the LITTER PICKER cannot travel at highway speeds.

ONLY ON FIRM SHOULDERS. The ROAD RAKE can be used “off-road” on dirt shoulders. The ROAD RAKE cannot be used on soft shoulders or in grass medians due to the increased weight of the unit and the increased likelihood of the towing truck getting stuck.

YES. H. Barber & Sons, Inc. will match any color at no charge.

NO. The ROAD RAKE is designed to compliment a sweeping program by removing the large debris that would damage a street sweeper.

YES. Everything but large deer. OK, we have heard the horror stories too: no cows, horses, circus animals or anything over 100lbs.

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