Agri-Fab 48 in. Tow Plug Aerator-45-0299 - The Home Depot


Model # 45-0299

Internet # 202638990

48 in. Tow Plug Aerator

Agri-Fab 48 in. Tow Plug Aerator

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$230.00 / each


Model # 45-0299

Internet # 202638990

Agri-Fabs 48 in. Tow Plug Aerator can remove 3/4 in. diameter by up to 3 in length soil plugs from a lawn, in turn allowing compacted soil to loosen up, this in addition to the benefits provided by a plug aerator. Best for easily compacted soil like clay, heavy-traffic areas such as playgrounds and sports fields and drought damaged lawns. Weight tray can hold up to 140 lbs. allowing for increased soil penetration by the 32 aerator knives.

  • Assembled dimension: 60 in. W x 35 in. D x 36 in. H
  • Universal hitch easily attaches to any lawn tractor regardless of brand
  • Thirty two galvanized aerator knives for rustproof durability
  • Simple to use cantilever transport handle for easy raising and lowering of the aerator knives
  • 10 in. x 4 in. pneumatic tires allow for smooth transport
  • 48 in. weight tray can hold up to 140 lbs. for increased soil penetration
  • During early Spring and late summer when the ground becomes most compacted and needs to be loosened and refreshed are the best times of year to utilize a plug aerator
  • 3 year limited warranty
  • Requires a 9 hp tractor or larger

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Assembled Depth (in.)  35 in  Assembled Height (in.)  36 in 
Assembled Width (in.)  60 in  Maximum penetration (in.) 
Product Depth (in.)  35  Product Height (in.)  36 
Product Width (in.)  60 in  Working width (in.)  48 
2-piece drawbar  No  Adjustable Height  Yes 
Aerator type  Plug  Assembly Required  Yes 
Fits brands/models  universal  Material  Steel 
Returnable  30-Day  Weight tray  Yes 
Wheels  Yes 
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty  3 year limited 


Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 137 reviewers.
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by 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 5.0 out of 5.0 by 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 4.0 out of 5.0 by 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 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 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. BRINLY-HARDY 40": 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. 2-year warranty Brinly customer service was much more responsive to questions via e-mail. March 28, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rugged, Easy Assembly, Easy to Use The assembly instructions were easy to follow and with two 70# sand tubes to provide the needed down force I was making quick work of aerating my lawn as well as the neighbors. It was a great decision for the large lawn area that I have and now I've eliminated the reoccurring rental charges by purchasing our own core aerating machine. We are also small business owners and professional seeding contractors .The Agri Fab Core Aerator will compliment our agricultural, residential, and commercial lawn seeding and fertilization services and make them that much more effective and grow our customer satisfaction level. May 17, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great aerator I recommend to a new buyer I bought the Agri-Fab 48 in tow plug aerator two years ago. The unit came in heavy box. Assembly was simple and fun. I have used the aerator many times not only on my own lawn but my neighbors also. I priced and compared other similar units and this found one to be a good buy. In reading the other feedbacks I get the opinion other buyers did not read the usage directions. This unit is not going to dig through hard pan soil. You need to soak your soil completely or wait until your soil has received a deep rain. If you feel your soil is dry, try shoving a blade in the ground to test how far you do that. After the test put yourself in the place of the machines plug and you will get a good idea of your aerating depth. I always wait until a good rain and I always get deep plug experience. You maybe surprised just how much water it takes to soak the soil in an established lawn. February 12, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Good price for a pull behind. I bought this aerator only after looking at all the other possibilities and it was the best price for what you got and had the best reviews. After it arrived it required about two good hours of relatively easy construction. The machine itself is built well and is very sturdy. So I really like the construction of the aerotor. As for the aerating it really struggled. Right after building it I drove it around the yard to be disappointed with no results. So I added 180 pounds of weight to it (40 over the limit...) and went at it again, still to little avail. I then proceeded to water the lawn for 2 hours per section! And my efforts were rewarded with many holes and few actual plugs. So as an aerator it can put lots of little holes in your yard but it wouldn't pull the plugs out like the commercial ones. Now I'm not saying I was expecting commercial standards but I was disappointed with it's performance. So really what you get here is a really well built fancy dancy spike aerator. Which is not what I wanted... But now own. Hope this helps you in your lawn aerating quest. :) July 14, 2011
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