Model # PA-40JD

Internet #100609658

John Deere 40 in. Tow-Behind Plug Aerator

John Deere

40 in. Tow-Behind Plug Aerator

$42328 /each
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Product Overview

A healthy lawn starts with a healthy root system. No one knows this better than John Deere. John Deere’s 40 in. Tow-Behind Plug Aerator uses the coring process to remove 3 in. soil plugs from the lawn, allowing water, seed and nutrients to reach the lawn’s root system. This hard-working, heavy duty aerator features 28 heat-treated steel spoons. For maximum penetration in compacted areas, up to 175 lbs. may be added to the fully-enclosed steel weight tray.

  • Working width of 40 in.
  • Up to 3 in. penetration
  • All steel, 175 lb. capacity weight tray
  • 10.5 in. x 3.5 in. semi-pneumatic transport wheels; single lever engagement
  • Heat-treated plugging spoons for superior strength and durability
  • Universal hitch easily attaches to most riding lawn mowers and lawn tractors
  • 16-Gauge steel tines with three welded tine sections rotate independently, achieving maximum coverage

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Assembled Depth (in.)
51 in
Assembled Height (in.)
32 in
Assembled Width (in.)
51 in
Maximum Penetration (in.)
Working Width (in.)


Aerator Type
Application Type
Lawn Care
Assembly Required
2-Piece Drawbar
Fits brands/models
Most Riding and Lawn/Garden Tractors
Weight Tray,Wheels

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
2 year

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Customer Questions & Answers

Can you back up with the tines engaged? I have read reviews of other brand aerators in which the single draw arm will bend when backing up.

Asked by: Anonymous
I have backed up with a Heavy Duty rental unit - The way that all aerators are designed, it is not a good idea to back up with tines lowered, I shredded the lawn when I did it. It has to do with the angle that the tines hit the ground. They are designed for forward only. Will it bend the draw arm - that I can't say.
Answered by: Bongo
Date published: 2016-11-18

Do the tines clog?

Seems that without some way to clear the tines as they rotate they would clog and not dig out plugs. Has this been a problem for anyone?
Asked by: Anonymous
I haven't seen that but I have only used 3 times.
Answered by: Deano
Date published: 2015-09-20

What HP tractor is recomended to pull the 40 John Deere aerator?

Asked by: Anonymous
I pulled it with a Cub Cadet LTX 1040 19 HP.
Answered by: Weekender
Date published: 2017-04-23

Does the D125 have enough power to pull this thing when weighted?

Does the D125 have enough power to pull this thing when weighted?
Asked by: QQforD125
Yes, A John Deere D125 has ample power to pull this aerator. 100 to 200 lbs. of weight is sufficient to aerate a well hydrated lawn. Thank you for asking, -Travis
Answered by: Travis
Date published: 2017-04-23
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Customer Reviews

40 in. Tow-Behind Plug Aerator is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 36.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product and works as advertised. Several previous issues reported... Great product and works as advertised. Several previous issues reported with packing and contents. The box looked like it was dragged from the factory but there was no damage to the aerator. The carton was missing the hitch pin but was quickly shipped from the manufacturer.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The aerator is of really high quality, but it was... The aerator is of really high quality, but it was a little difficult to assemble because the photos were hard to see. I was also missing three parts, so I had to return to Home Depot to buy replacement parts.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tow behind areator Great product, but be careful backing up. Weight must be 150lbs
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4 Star Review Rating provided by a verified purchaser
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A little pricey, but great quality! The JD aerator is manufactured under contract by another brand available at HD. This one is significantly higher quality than the other. For example, the spoons are broken into 3 independently spinning sections, and (by necessity) there are two more supports from the weight tray to the spoon axle. This transmit the weight to the spoons in the center of the aerator better than the other brands. The aerator is very easy to assemble considering the JD assembly instructions are not always straightforward. The only issue I had was identifying which side was the "back" at the very beginning of the first step. Hint, the picture in the manual is misleading.
Date published: 2012-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Value Simple, well-instructed assembly; high quality materials. With basic care this aerator should easily last my lifetime and then some. Does a very good job of aerating even a somewhat lumpy lawn.
Date published: 2011-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Product, not so great service from John Deere I poured through the reviews here and the other sites before purchasing this product. They were all really accurate: high quality steel, torn packaging, inaccurate and challenging (not impossible) assembly instructions. However, it works well, especially if you are working on a half acre plus piece of yard. My only complaint was that one of the transport bolts snapped during assembly with very little torque. I called John Deere, and rather than just shipping me the one bolt, they referred me to a dealer that is in another state over an hour away. For a product that costs over $400, I would think that they could ship me the one dollar part. Otherwise, it worked like a charm with just the fertilizer I was going to put on the lawn as a weight (about 150lbs).
Date published: 2014-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Aerator John Deere My yard is in terrible condition. Already this fine peice of equipment has gotten the grass to start to grow. It leaves nice big holes for seeds and water to sit in. This is the first peice like this that I have purchased from Home Depot and would highly recommend this to anyone in need of bettering their yard. It works like a charm. Thanks
Date published: 2011-05-02
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