Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 166
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by PtTe2 OK, but not the professional grade!
Mine came with all the parts. It took me about 2 hrs. to assemble. I loaded 2-60lb. bags of sand and went at it. Where the soil is very damp (above my septic), the machine pulled about 1-1/2" to 2" cores. Anywhere else that it pulled cores, they were about 1". I water the lawn and my area which received all day sun and did it again. It then pulled about 1/2" to 1" cores in that area.
So, it's not the machine the professionals use, but it does pull small cores.
I don't believe the wheels could be raised high enough (axle bolt hits mounting plate) to allow a true 3" plug? I guess it's OK and if you live where the soils is wetter, my guess is it would do a good job.
I like the sturdy construction.
May 8, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by jd09 Quality Issues
I bought this aerator along with the Brinkey-Hardy dethatcher. Dethatcher was missing 2 key pieces (lever and bracket for lever) and the aerator's lever didnt have a straight hole in it for it to slip over the pin. Luckily I'm pretty handy and used my Dremel to grind it smooth so it would fit over pin. Overall aerator seems pretty sturdy and heavy duty. Assembly took about 1.5HRS including the extra time to grind on it. It that wasnt needed provably an HR to assemble. Plan on overseeding next weekend then ill update the review.
August 28, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by thatguy This is the real deal
tow this with my JD Z235 eztrak, works great. I have 2 German Shepherds who kill my lawn during winter and the muddy spring. I put about 150lbs in paver blocks on and pulled 4" plugs, see picture.
May 6, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Scubie Fun to use
Sounds silly yet it's easy to pull behind my lawn tractor! Suggest getting a couple bags of sand to weigh it down for better operation
August 16, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ds Does a good job.
Assembly was straight forward. I spent 11/2 to 2 hours but wasn't trying to hurry. It pulls good plugs that are 11/2" to 3" depending on soil moisture. I do have almost a hundred pounds of weight in the tray. The only problem is the pin that holds the leaver is a little short and the lever will pop off during transport from time to time. Getting off to raise or lower the lever is a pain because I have some short runs but it does a great job otherwise.
July 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mick Excellent Lawn Aerator!
A well conceived and designed lawn aerator for the DIY. The price was great, it was easy to assemble and performed well. With about 80 pounds of ballast, it easily penetrated my dry soil up to the hubs and tossed the plugs with no problems. I rated the quality as "good" because it arrived with a defective part. Brinly was very responsive and sent a new part immediately. I'm not sure how well their manufacturing engineers oversee the production processes in their facility. I'm very pleased with the purchase.
June 8, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LCnKC Worth it
Assembly was not too difficult. I would suggest air or power tools when putting the tines together due to the type of lock nuts used. They can get a little tough to tighten by hand and there are a lot of them. I like to use 3 - 4 bags of sand rather than concrete blocks. Bags of sand are easier on the paint. Overall the materials are heavy duty enough for a home user. The tines are on the shaft in 3 separate pieces. Each pieces has two sets of tines on it, allowing the tines to rotate at different speeds while turning. This is easier on your yard. You won't be disappointed with this purchase.
April 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bucky Great Aerator
All the parts were in the package; took a few hours to assemble, but easy to assemble; worked great on my lawn and at this price, I can aerate my lawn more often easily. Very happy with this product and Home Depot..
May 24, 2016