Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 147
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Crownd1 Same issue as SS1938
SS1938, I just called and talked to Dawn in customer service and told her I was having the same problem as you and she said there was a manufacture error with the main shaft when they build it. They are sending me a new shaft.
I have to have 5 X 36lb masonry bricks on it and my 2 kids totaling about 280lbs just to get the 2 1/2" plug. Twice the recommended weight. And, it just rained an inch on Sunday and I used it on Wednesday. When I try to go backwards with the spikes engaged it digs in so far down I can't even back up.??
Hopefully the new shaft fixes both issues.
April 24, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by GregT Missing Parts!!!!
I would like to give a good review, but so far I cannot. I have had lots of rain, received the aerator and went to put together and missing a part. Sent a request and will see how you respond. Not a good start, but hope you fix my problem.
May 17, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by wally great quality aerator
i have nothing but good things to say about my agri fab tow plug aerator . the aerator was delivered to the house in an extra heavy cardboard box. i really enjoyed the assembly , the instruction were very easy to follow. i would recommend using a work bench to assemble the plug cutters onto the axle.good advice where a long sleeve shirt and work gloves ! those cutters are sharp !!!then use the shipping carton for assembling the weight box . this way when you call the wife out to the shed to show it off it will look real nice .
now for the operation . hooked it up to the riding mower and made a few laps around the yard , with the cutters in the raised position. i did that just to make sure the lever stays engaged. worked good don't want to aerate any concrete ! next released the lever and did a lap without weight . pulled out 1' plugs .finally i loaded the weight tray with 2 concrete flower pots . oh yea remember that shipping carton ? cut it into 2 pieces that will fit in the tray. this way your plug tiller will not get scratched up .well with the added weight the plug tiller turned into a hole plugging monster about 2inches deep. it pulled nice and didn't have any rattles or squeaks. in my opinion this is one of the best well built products you can still purchase that is still made in the USA .
December 25, 2012
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Brownie Assembly was tough with missing hardware
Have yet to tow it behind the mower but used neighbors and it worked fine
March 10, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Dave Good overall -- wheels not as pictured and described
Overall, this aerator is well built with thick strong steel, except for the tow bar. The wheels packed with mine are not as pictured on line, on the box, in the assembly instructions, nor as described (see photos). They are described and shown to be 10" round by 4" wide with a wide looking turf tread, but mine are only 3" wide with a narrow, rounded, wheelbarrow-like tread. They ARE pneumatic, and do have bearings, but are far narrower and cheaper looking than expected. The tow bar is surprisingly light weight and of thin gauge metal, compared to the rest of the aerator. While I expect it to work fine in normal forward use, I would NOT recommend backing up even a little bit while aerating, or it may bend or fold as described by another reviewer. The box arrived in poor condition with several holes, damaged from the inside by the sharp contents tossed freely around inside -- perhaps the manufacturer should bind them together with some fiberglass packing tape, or indiviually box some of the contents within the box. The hardware parts bag was also torn open, but surprisingly, all of the small parts from it were found rolling around somewhere within the box -- none were missing. Overall I expect the aerator to work well, but I deduct some quality points due to the lower-grade wheels, and the somewhat thinly made tow bar.
April 7, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by alangski snapped in half after six uses
Today was the sixth time I've used this aerator in about two years to aerate our acre-sized lawn, and it broke in half in the middle of my yard! The tongue broke/bent and the bracket underneath sheared off causing one of the wheels (which were up at the time because I was using it to aerate) to fall off. No, I didn't have it loaded with 500 pounds or something. Just the four concrete blocks it says you can put on. It has always done an ok job up till now, but I'm not happy with it at all after this. It's sitting on the scrap pile waiting to go to the junk yard. It supposedly has a three year warranty, so we'll see if they honor that or not.
September 15, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BirdHunter AGRI-FAB vs. BRINLY-HARDY
AGRI-FAB 48" (wider than Brinly):
13 gauge steel box (thicker than Brinly)
12 gauge steel knives (thicker than Brinly)
The square plates have 4 "spot-welds" to attach them to the spindles. (worse than Brinly).
Spindles rotate on plastic split bearings.
Pneumatic tire pressure is adjustable.
3-year warranty (better than Brinly)
Agri-Fab did not respond to repeated e-mail inquiries for technical information.
14 gauge steel box
16 gauge steel knives
The square plates are welded 360 degrees around each spindle.
Spindles rotate on plastic bushings.
Tires are semi-pneumatic; not inflated and can not adjust pressure.
Brinly customer service was much more responsive to questions via e-mail.
March 28, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by windmill Great if you get one that has the correct axel
Received mine with the axel that was drilled incorrectly. Apparently it just is "luck of the draw" whether it will have the correct axel. So if you don't mind spending 4 hours putting it together, if the axel is drill right the wheel will lift of the ground. If the axel is wrong you have to call AgriFab and have them send you the correct axel (about a week). Then you can take it completely apart and do it again.
It does a good job of "plugging" the lawn. Depending on your soil dampness, will determine the weight required. In wet areas, I used no weight at all. In drier areas 2 cinder blocks was sufficient.
April 28, 2015