Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 119
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by tym1 very happy with it, although the tray could be a little deeper for putting weight on it and mabye some eyelets on the side for securing the weight from shifting around on side slopes. you will need lots of pulling power depending on how much weight you need for proper penetration so a smaller tractor might have trouble on any hills
May 19, 2009
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GrassHopper Better then a deer!
Paint it green if your a deer lover and save 300.00 dollars. This is well priced, easy to put together and it works great. I put 120 pounds of sand in the holder and it makes perfect 3 to 4 inch holes. Cant go wrong. At first I was not interested in this because of all the comments about how hard it was to assemble. Glad I followed my gut and ordered it anyways. It can't be any easer to assemble unless of course you can order it all ready assembled.
March 24, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Grumpy High Quality and Performance!
Assembled with my wife and was impressed with quality of components. If you have a pneumatic ratchet I highly recommend for assembling the spoons to shaft bodies. I left the under tray slotted hardware loose until I hooked the assembly to the trailer hole on my John Deere D140 and then adjusted flatness of tray before tightening these last four blots. Sits nice and flat after raising wheels. I aerated .6 acres in one hour with about 180 pounds of bagged soil tied onto the tray. Great results!
April 8, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Gizmo Plug aerator works great.
Works great. Have used it for 2 years now. We have a 6 acre yard. Only real issue is that 3 concrete blocks don't fit long ways just 2 and one in the other direction. And occasionally the lowering bar comes off of pin. User error if run it to close to where you just ran it the tires will be covered with mud and raise your aerating height. I use it with a John Deere 150.
March 21, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Frosty Great Product!
This is a great product for the price. I checked out several other makes and models and this is definitely the best bang for the buck hands down.
* Assembly was straight forward, lots of nuts, bolts and washers. I didn't have any missing parts, I inventoried all my parts before starting the assembly due to some reviewers stating they were missing parts. I did have about 10 left over nuts and bolts.
* I have a John Deere D140 and the unit sits on a severe downward angle, I was unable to level the unit according to the instructions. This didn't affect operation, I'm not to happy with the angle it sits on. I'll definitely be contacting the manufacturer about this to see if there is an adapter to correct this problem.
* Do yourself a favor and read the instructions, I've found the majority of negative reviews are related to "not" reading the instructions and following procedures.
* Make sure the lawn has been watered sufficiently before operating. If you don't, the aerator will ride the surface and tear the lawn.
* I operated the aerator at the speed of a mild walk and got great penetration at 3", good spacing and plugs that pushed out nicely.
* I used 4 pier blocks for additional weight and as stated, 3" plug depth was consistent.
Recommendations to the manufacturer:
I would really like to see the addition of a drop spreader for a 2 in 1 combination, with a drop spreader on the back it would reduce a second operation and would keep the plugs from being crushed back into the soil.
The key for good operation in my opinion boils down to:
Correct soil moisture, pulling the unit slowly and adding weight to the unit.
I would recommend this unit with out hesitation, great product for the money!
April 17, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Marty Great lawn aerator
Instruction for assembly was VERY good. All parts were present and labeled very nicely, and assembly was accomplished without a problem, and within a reasonable amount of time. I used the aerator for the first time yesterday, 2 days after a good rainfall. I used THREE 40lb. bags of granule lime as weight. They fit perfectly in the top, and spread the lime when done. No storage of cement blocks. The aerator pulled plugs 2 1/2 to 3 inches deep. I could not back up the unit, no control at all, but it was meant to go forward. I pulled the unit with my TroyBilt TB30 rear engine rider. NO PROBLEM AT ALL, EVEN ON A SLIGHT INCLINE. I have 6000 sq.ft.
April 13, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by elvis14 Works great once you get it together
I really like this aerator. It's going to save me hundreds of dollars. Just by using it this year it's paid for itself over the estimate given to me by my lawn service. Once you get this thing together it works very well. Make no mistake it's a pain in the rear to assemble. Each individual step in assembly isn't difficult, very few steps are difficult. But there are a lot of parts to put together. I'm pretty good with a wrench and it took me a couple of hours.
October 23, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 Does the job
This aerator works well, as long as you keep a few things in mind:
-Make sure the soil is at an appropriate moisture level
-Use a fair amount of weight to ensure the plugs go deep enough
-Going too fast prevents the plugs from doing their job
-If sections of your lawn have a high moss content to it, you'll most likely rip up a patch or two
As far as assembly/configuration is concerned:
-It will take the better part of an hour to assemble
-Having an impact driver or impact wrench will reduce assembly time significantly
-When attaching the plugs to the plates, make sure you do so on the non-welded sides
I find this to be a good buy, and my lawn is already reaping the benefits!
April 22, 2015