Rated 3.9 out of 5Â by 56
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Rocky junk
Pro: Easy to follow assembly instructions. And. Conceptually applying seed/ fertilizer while aerating is great.
con: in hind sight it's better to have an aerator and spreader separate at this price point they try to squeeze the two together for something that does neither well. I ended up dumping the fertilizer back into my Scott's spreader to finish my yard.
Con: there is no weight tray...so as your material is spread the unit is getting lighter and depth of penetration is compromised. Ie 80 lbs of fertilizer = x penetration, as 80 becomes 40 there is nowhere to add weight to continue getting same x.
Con: 30 minutes it broke. So 1 hour to assemble, 30 minutes work, 2 hour trip back to Home Depot to return it= bad investment of time and money. The failure point is the spreader agitator is driven by the spiked wheels via a sprocket chain. The chain jumped the sprocket and before I noticed it it was bound and protruding through housing. The only indicator was after several passes I noticed " no fertilizer being dispensed. I had probably operated it jammed 5 minutes and it was broken.
Con: the lever that sets your release rate is set by a upward limit by tightening a wing nut...but vibration of the unit lets the lever fluctuate back and forth between 1 and your chosen up limit...consequently the spread rate is not consistent. I used a bungee cord to stop this...but the unit should have a locking mechanism..rather than an improvision by DIY.
March 17, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by SeriousYardman Toy
Internet purchase BIG MISTAKE! Assembled product in about 30 minutes. Aerator spikes are made of aluminum so after every application be prepared to straighten the teeth if you have any rocks in your yard. The application rate arm is held in place by a simple slide and tighten wing nut that doesn't hold its position so I ended up applying 100 lbs of fertilizer in 1 pass of my 1 acre lot so it now looks like a dirt race track around the outside of my yard thanks to the over application of fertilizer. The spindle attathments are made of plastic and 2 became lodged together and split apart so now I have 2 aerator teeth that will not turn.
My overall review is that this is a typical product being sold to Americans today. Poor quality, poor craftsmanship, and poor dependability. Entire device is made of thin aluminum and soft brass bolts which means durability is a joke. If you need to aerator a sand box buy this. If you need to aerate a lawn rent a professional piece of equipment or put your golf spikes on and start walking.
July 3, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Magill2002 Chain doesn't stay on
Chain cover and chain won't stay on as you use spreader
May 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by wuzo15 Time and Money Saver
This aerator is easy to assemble. Parts are already separated and labeled for each step. I have 2 acres to tend to and this is really a time and money saver. I was having a lawn care service come out for the last 2 years...very expensive! The hopper for fertilizing works well. I've not used the aerator yet. I've read on other reviews that rust at the dropper holes is a problem. When I'm done for the season, I'm going to clean that area and coat lightly with vegetable cooking spray. In the spring, I'll wash it off with soapy water. I hope this will prevent the rust a bit longer. I'm so happy with this aerator I wish I had purchased it sooner. BTW, I'm a 64 year old female and did this all by myself! (insert applause here! ;) LOL )
October 11, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5Â by BruceVA Good, durable product
This spreader/spike aerator is well made and makes spreading fertilizer, lime, and seed over large areas a breeze. Assembly was not that big of a deal. The arm that regulates the opening should have a better spring but I solved that with an elastic cord. I had another tow-behind spreader that was made of cheap plastic parts and tipped over easily, but this unit is solid steel and the design worked perfect from day one. I also have a core plug aerator which does just what it's supposed to, and it should be clear that this spike aerator is designed to open the ground for the seeds, not water aerating. I would gladly buy this product again and recommend it.
January 9, 2010