Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 162
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 Mick Excellent Aerator!
A well conceived and designed product. Easy to assemble and easy to use. With 80 pounds of ballast, it penetrated full depth and tossed the plugs very efficiently. My 16 HP Simplicity Regent had no trouble pulling it over relatively dry ground. I gave it a quality rating of 4 because the control lever to raise and lower the wheels was faulty. I'm not sure how well their manufacturing engineers oversee their processes but I contacted Brinly and they quickly sent a replacement. I am very pleased with the purchase.
May 16, 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
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 4.0 out of 5.0 by Rick Missing parts...
As with many other writers, missing parts. In my case, the instructions. Fortunately, Home Depot makes them available via their site. Without question, Brinly needs some house cleaning in their quality control department.
May 5, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Stoffer Does the job!
For something I'd use twice a year, it's a great tool for the price as compared to the John Deere brand. Worked well with nice sized plugs.
It did take a long time to put together, though. It was a lot of work. Also, the spikes hit the frame at one location, which I think is a design oversight. To mediate this, I used the extra washers between the last and second to last set of spikes to move them toward the side a bit. The instructions have you add the extra washers (I used all of them) to the end of the spike assembly so there's no side to side movement. But if you place them where I said, between the 2nd and 3rd sets in order of the instructions, it moves the spikes over about an inch reducing the impact of those spikes hitting the frame.
Besides this it's still worth the price. It's probably more work than the JD version, but it costs a lot less and likely aerated my lawn just as well.
April 26, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Rbchound Good purchase.
Checked all the parts. I inventoried all the items and I was short 1 nut and had 1 extra bolt. QA needs to be double checked. Had to go to home depot to purchase the needed nut. I didn't feel like waiting for Brinley to ship so I never contacted them.
April 25, 2016