Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 171
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Gordon Faulty manufacturing, but was rectified.
The tray - principle backbone element of the aerator - was mis-shaped and would not allow assembly. However it was replaced promptly and at no cost when I called Brinley. Assembly was straightforward except for the aerator tines which are assembled using very tight anti-vibration nuts. I was fortunately able to use a pneumatic driver to tighten them, but without such a tool or maybe a tough hammer-drill it would be quite difficult.
I have not used it yet to aerate the lawn, but other reviewers agree that it works pretty well.
I deducted two stars because of the faulty manufacturing, and the difficult assembly of the tines.
September 27, 2016
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 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 kitten Great item
I am very pleased with this item. I recommend to all.
September 13, 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 2.0 out of 5.0 by Ian Missing parts
Was missing one spoon. Another was very bent. Then, there was one that appeared brittle. There was also a hand full of left over hardware.
September 13, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AMGED awsome product
Don't bother yourself reading negative reviews, I recieved every thing in the package nothing was missing, assembled within 2 hours with non fancy wrench, used it yeasterday worked very good no problem at all save me $100 aeration company service, i recommend it for every one.
September 21, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Intrinsic It's so dependent upon the soil conditions...
The challenge that I have in this review is giving a truly accurate review when perhaps the issue isn't with the aerator itself. It's extremely crucial to have soft enough of soil to be able to pull the right plugs. NY has been lacking in rain lately and I just have not been able to hang back to wait for adequate rainfall. It did pull some plugs but varied between 1/2 inch to 1 inch.
Assembly: This is time consuming. I'm not a "great" DIYer compared to some of the other folks on this website claiming to get it done within 1.5-2 hours. It took me about 2-2.5 hours
Use: While hooking the aerator to my zero turn was okay, it's clear that this wasn't designed for the type of mower that I have because the lever to pull the plugs down requires me to constantly get off of the mower. When switching over to aerating the sidewalk grass, it was a bit challenging.
Weight used: I used several heavy bags of fertilizer with all in all weight of about 120 lbs. I hesitated to pack on more using cinder blocks given that my mower isn't rated to pull that sort of weight. Make sure you check your towing capacity before buying this. The aerator PLUS the weight to hold down the plugs is what you need to confirm.
Riding Mower: I don't know if my Toro SW4200 Zero Turn had enough power but I was 'fraid to hit the accelerator to its maximum. I had to take it slow and the engine certainly felt a bit warmer than normal. Perhaps it's just in my head. I had to take nice slow and long curved turns so that the aerator didn't break during the turns. By the way, you DO NOT want to reverse in this. You'll likely do some damage to the mower.
I'll have to try another aeration in the spring when the soil is better conditioned for aerating. Otherwise, this machine did an okay job. The aerator plugs are spread apart a bit so don't expect nice tight patterns like an aerator machine.
September 25, 2016