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Agri-Fab 48 in. Tow Plug Aerator


48 in. Tow Plug Aerator

$20935 /each
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Product Overview

Agri-Fabs 48 in. Tow Plug Aerator can remove 3/4 in. Dia 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
  • Flat free tires allow for smooth transport over any terrain
  • 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.)
Working Width (in.)


Aerator Type
Application Type
Lawn Care
Assembly Required
Adjustable Height
Fits brands/models
Weight Tray,Wheels

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
3 year limited

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Customer Questions & Answers

HP to pull Aerator

What horse power engine should I expect to use for adequately pulling the aerator, especially with 140 lbs of extra weight? I have an old rear engine mower that does have a tow bar acceptor on the back. I use a single-gang, reel mower most of the year to adequagtely cut Bermuda grass to the lower, consistant height requirements. The engine is only a 12 HP Briggs & Stratton.
Asked by: Anonymous
Maybe a little under powered. I use a 22HP, and could definite feel it pull quite hard on an uphill grade.
Answered by: windmill
Date published: 2015-09-20

How far apart are the pulled plugs?

Asked by: BillS
I would say they're about 5-6 inches apart.
Answered by: DanN
Date published: 2017-05-24

Are the wheels pneumatic

Are the wheels/tires pneumatic (hold air) or are they hard plastic?
Asked by: djs1951
Don't know about anyone else's, but mine were definitely solid, not pneumatic.
Answered by: DanN
Date published: 2017-05-24

Can it be adapted to be pulled by a Ford Ranger 4x4 using either its ball or receiver hitch?

Can it be adapted to be pulled by a Ford Ranger 4x4 using either its ball or receiver hitch?
Asked by: Annabelle
I doubt it. And that would defeat the purpose as the weight of a Ford Ranger would compress the soil you're trying to aerate.
Answered by: DanN
Date published: 2017-05-24
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Customer Reviews

48 in. Tow Plug Aerator is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 209.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from missing part poor weld tire falls off A part was missing - contacted Agri-Fab and they would ship a part out - About 5 days later part arrived - completed assembly and when i moved the unit the wheel fell off. One of the welds on the bracket that attaches the wheel to the shaft was completely missing and the other weld was cold / weak. Contacted Agri-Fab again and they shipped a new part out - About 5 days later part arrived and repaired the unit. - The unit works ok but I need to be very carful about my speed in part because I have trees on the edge of the lawn and when the Aerator would contact a under ground root the entire unit would jump up. The other issue was the design of the wheels - When you are aerating the lawn the raised wheels will still contact the ground sometimes which is good to limit the depth but if the wheels contact anything uneven they will also cause the entire unit to jump up - The bracket is holding the wheel forward of the shaft when the wheel is raised. It is like trying to push luggage rather than pull it.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hardware issue seems to have been fixed by AgriFab I purchased this aerator in April of 2017. I had read multiple reviews about it saying that hardware was missing from the original packaging. A few said that they had no problems that were relatively recent. I devised a plan that would rival any of Col. Hannibal Smith's. I sat on the floor of my local big box store that shall go unnamed and counted out all hardware, if something was missing, I'd have them pull another and take what was needed or make them pull it from the hardware section. Alas, all parts were included with a few extra nuts and bolts. If you are new to hand tools but can follow directions it will take you a few hours to assemble this. Seasoned vets of the Busted Knuckle Garage will have it together in 1-2 hrs......if the adult beverage breaks are kept to the bare minimum, and air tools are involved. I used an air ratchet and wrenches. Elapsed time 1 hr 15 min..... and 2 of those beverages I spoke of earlier. Using the aerator is a breeze. As soon as I was done fabricating a hitch for my ZTR, and a 12 hr rain storm, I was "plugging" away at my lawn. As reported in other reviews, the plugs are about 2 inches long with roughly 140 pounds of weight in the tray. My lawn was still saturated but had no standing water. Also as others have said, long sweeping turns are most effective but even 90 degree turns are quite doable with little damage to the sod. DO NOT TRY TO BACK UP WITH THE BLADES DOWN. I tried it, the unit will not handle me. Almost bent the hitch arm. Not that hard to stop and drop the wheels to reset for the next run. I did not have to strap the weight down as others have said, but maybe that is due to the moist soil. There was absolutely no jumping or bucking while towing and plugging. I pulled it at speeds varying from "Holy Oden's beard!!" to "Jeez, when are we going to get there?" Zero difference in the plug size and shape but I settled into about 1/3rd throttle and steering arms full forward for safety's sake. Plus at full speed my PBR rattles around too much, expelling precious nectar in the cup holder. If you do not know what PBR shouldn't..... please for the love of all that is holy.....procreate. Storage is a little tricky if you have younglings running around. As said by a previous reviewer, the knives are no joke. I am building a light plywood box to set over mine. Better safe than an impaled kid (or two) is what I always say. All that being said, I have no regrets in this purchase and assuming it will long enough to offset the cost of having to rent one twice a year. I say pull the trigger and get you one. I gave it a 4 star because I do believe that at least the knives should come assembled. But, I do understand the fact that this American company has to compete with cheaply made products from china (lack of capitalization intended). I am willing to pay a bit more so that my US dollars go to US families.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Generally, this aerator performed quite well. It's a little difficult to put together by yoursel... Generally, this aerator performed quite well. It's a little difficult to put together by yourself as it's quite heavy. Additionally, the corers are quite sharp. I scraped off a couple of hunks of skin putting it together. Also, when disconnecting this from your tractor, be sure to remove the cinder blocks first. This device is very back heavy and will flip up quite quickly. I broke a couple of cinder blocks the first time I used it. Despite the dangers of this aerator, I loved it. I have over an acre that needed to be aerated. This was quite easy to use. I used it right after a heavy rain and it did great.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Plug Aerator I purchased this aerator late last Summer rather than renting one from home Depot. I have compacted soil with a high clay content and I need to aerate each year, then over seed. I picked this aerator since I can easilly get replacement parts for it since the aeration spikes on other manufacturer models I have used tended to break off. The only improvement that I can suggest is I would like this aerator to have an auxiliary hitch point so I can attach and drag a spring-tine de-thatcher behind it so the plugs can be broken up as I go instead of running the de-thatcher separately.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good quality, would perfer rubber tires Bought it late fall of last year, a little hairy putting together, had it up on a table with my wife helping me assemble, the wheels were already on and I was tightening nuts and bolts when it decided to roll off her side of the table. She grabbed for it and I did as well and she just missed cutting her arm on the razor type spikes. That could of been bad. Otherwise it's made of good quality and seems to do a fairly good job. The other thing, if you have any back problems, it's alittle hard grabbing for the lever that raises the wheels when you go over concrete, if they would design a better handle that's closer to your body without turning around it would make life alot simpler. I quess you get what you pay for.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rare quality. Solid. Built to last a long time. Prior to purchasing the Agr Fab product, I made a bad purchase of a competing product. I purchased a big box store brand name plug aerator that was the best they had available. Some of the metal bracing was so thin, I could bend it with my bare hands. I returned that poor quality, brand name aerator to the big box store. Fortunately, in another store, I found the Agri Fab Plug Aerator. This aerator is well designed to do the heavy lifting required. And best yet, I could never bend any part of this Aerator with my bare hands.
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does a good job The assembly was a little more time consuming then I thought it would be, this is not a problem though. Once I had it assembled and hooked it up it worked fine. Keep in mind with this little amount of weight the ground really needs to be moist in order to get the job you really want. I would suggest that they make the handle a more accessible from the tractor so you don’t have to get off the tractor each time you need to raise or lower the tines. Also, extend the tire lift a little longer so the tines don't drag on the driveway.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review for 48" Plug Aerator Some previous reviews complained about missing parts, confusing instructions and plug tines not being assembled. I did not find that true. Purchased in June 2017. All hardware was included, tines where assembled and instructions where clear. I laid out all parts, labeled them by size, counted them and followed instructions. It went together in 2 hours with standard hand tools using one person. It seemed to be heavy duty and will have to wait until September to actually use it. Previous reviews claim that works well, just wait for rain (soft soil) and some owners have used it for 4 years without any issues. It seems to be well built and I would expect to live up expectations. Could not review on ease of operation or performance yet. That is why I could only give good rating in those categories.
Date published: 2017-06-17
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