i've used "the scoop" for several years now, and it works great. it is very light weight, and very sturdy. the large pan holds alot of poo too! i can make one trip (usually twice a day) around our yard scooping "deposits" from our 6 beagles, and the large pan holds it all! i wanted to rate this item a 4.5, but didnt have the option, so i gave it a 4 all due to the fact that the rake is not aluminum. therefore leaving it setting out in the rain will cause it to rust and eventually the tines will break off. (obviously i know this from experience) i would love to see the entire rake/product available in all aluminum to prevent any rust!! but overall, its a great scooper and i'll continue to purchase it when mine breaks.