Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 94
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Gare Don't waste your money.
Do not waste your money on this junk. It is so lightweight - even when loaded with seed - that the tines couldn't puncture a paper towel, let alone the ground. And the 3rd time I used it, the rotating bar that feeds out the seed stopped working. So now I have a really expensive, really ugly lawn ornament.
October 19, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by fredd1 poor material
I have owned this spreader/aerator for a few years now and i can say that i'm not impressed by it's durability. After one season the bottom of the hopper and agitator were already starting to badly rust. The use of carbon steel for these parts was a very poor choice. While it has the potential for being a good usable product, these parts require non-corrosive materials such as stainless steel or fiber reinforced plastic. I've already replaced the agitator once and the sliding gate that regulates the amount of seed/fertilizer has rusted tight and the hopper base has rusted through in many places resulting in large quantities of seed or fertilizer to fall through. I only can use it as an aerator now and it requires a substantial amount of weight added to adequately penetrate the soil. For the savings of a few dollars in material cost Briny-Hardy has turned a good design into a very poor non-durable product. If they ever change these hopper materials using non-corrosive parts I might consider another purchase. Until they do I can't recommend this product.
October 17, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jimbo Chain problem!
I with many others had the chain jam within two feet of use. After removing the chain cover I saw that the chain had too much side to side movement on the little sprocket. I screwed a small square of hardened steel (thick enought to almost touch the chain when the chain is all the way to the outside) to the seed tub between the tub and the top of the little sprocket. That keeps the chain from sliding to far toward the tub and riding up on the top of the sprocket teeth. Everything works really great now!!!
October 5, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Dhd No, no, no!
I have had this unit for almost 2 weeks, and I'm still fighting with the wheels. The left wheel fell off twice after much adjustment, and the wheel and axle design is very poor. I have yet to use it.
September 27, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jlcomer59 Aerator
Doesen't penetrate as deep in clay as I thought it would
August 16, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by BadgerDan Very poor investment
I have approximately two acres of mowing and this is one reason I purchased this product as it appeared to be the best of both worlds - aerating and spreading. Big mistake! This piece of junk worked for about a 1/2 acre of spreading and then completely stopped dropping grass seed regardless of how high or low I set the spread rate. I find it absolutely astounding how a product of such poor quality made it through product testing by the manufacturer and by Home Depot. HD's procurement staff obviously require additional product quality training. Of course, shame on me for being an idiot buying this thing. This is a true caveat emptor product, so homeowners, DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!
May 2, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by IOU2 Good product, but not right for my lawn
This would be fine if I had an open lawn, however mine has several sidewalks to cross over. We found out the hard way that crossing the concrete with the tines down will bend the tines. With the added weight of concrete blocks, it takes two of us to raise it for the transport mode; meaning one of us getting on and off the mower while the other follows to help raise and lower the hopper. One thing I wish is that the spreader worked without having to use the aerator function, the aerator/tines drive the spreader feed. As I said, if I had a wide open lawn to work I'd be happier with this product.
May 10, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DCinRVA Decent enough
I read a few horror stories on here prior to purchasing, about the spreader being damaged in shipping. The box was banged up pretty good in transit and a part was sticking out when I got home, but luckily, nothing was damaged. Then I read about how difficult it was for one person to assemble. I did it by myself 2 weeks after knee surgery so it wasn't impossible. Cumbersome maybe but do-able. The product itself is an excellent idea. Spreading and aerating at the same time. Tip: Slow your roll!! Decrease your speed and you will get much better results. It's time us Americans slowed down a bit anyway.
I recommend this product.
April 26, 2016