Model # PA-48JD

Internet #100609654

John Deere 48 in. Tow-Behind Plug Aerator

John Deere

48 in. Tow-Behind Plug Aerator

$469.00 /each

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Product Overview

John Deere’s 48 in. Tow-Behind Plug Aerator can help you achieve that lush, healthy lawn you’ve always wanted. This durable, high-performance aerator uses the coring process to penetrate the lawn and remove 3 in. plugs of soil. These openings let water, seed and nutrients reach the lawn’s root system. The 48 plugging spoons are heat-treated for maximum strength and durability. Four welded tine sections rotate independently, ensuring optimal coverage even during tractor turns. The tough, all steel weight tray is fully enclosed and can handle up to 250 lbs. of added weight.

  • Super wide working width of 48 in.; ideal for larger lawns
  • Up to 3 in. penetration
  • All steel, 250 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 four welded tine sections rotate independently, achieving maximum coverage

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Customer Questions & Answers

what is the total aerator plugs on this 48" unit?

Asked by: Anonymous
48 spoons or 48 plugs per revalution.
Answered by: morz
Date published: 2016-10-24

Where is this made?

Where is the 48", and for that matter the 40" models made? Haven't decided on size yet. Thanks.
Asked by: billjr
I think jeffersonvlle In.
Answered by: morz
Date published: 2016-10-24

What is the shipping weight of this unit AND can you replace individual tines if damaged?

Question #1----What is the shipping weight? Question #2---Can damaged or broken tines be easily replaced? If so, where would you order them?
Asked by: Dustman
107 pounds
Answered by: morz
Date published: 2016-10-24

can you tow this thing in reverse for short distances?

i have a million trees and would likely need to reverse here and there. thanks.
Asked by: moogy
Yes in the transport position. TINES UP
Answered by: morz
Date published: 2016-10-24
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Customer Reviews

48 in. Tow-Behind Plug Aerator is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 19.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a well built core aerator. I wish i had purchased this a long time ago. Fairly easy to pu... This is a well built core aerator. I wish i had purchased this a long time ago. Fairly easy to put together and plenty of nice green paint. with 200 pound in tray i got approx. 2 inch plugs. i feel with proper care this should last a long time. The key to good plugging is the proper ground moisture. It sure done a great job for me.Pulled with a JD 18 h v twin. Money well spent for the price.
Date published: 2016-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from overall good product, but with manufacturing defects I have a large lot. I used the aerator once on my lot, and once on a smaller lot. The machine held up well, even though it hit rocks and roots many times, and did a good job both times, producing good size plugs (mostly 3" or close to it) consistently. None of the knives were damaged, but two came slightly lose. 4 stars because the elbow (don't remember the actual term) that holds one of the wheels had a substantial bend where it should have been straight, and the arm (that raises and lowers the wheels) that attaches to the elbow wouldn't fit. Customer service was very good. I received both parts in 3 business days. The elbow was ok. The arm would still not connect to the elbow. I filed it, then ground it to make it fit. The elbow is a very sturdy part, practically impossible to bend in transit or accidentally in any other way. It was probably a manufacturing defect - difficult to explain - that wasn't caught in quality (??) control. Anyway, what the heck! There was nothing wrong with the money I paid. And I bought one of the more expensive aerators. Why should I have to repair a brand new product?
Date published: 2016-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product, horrible packaging Received this aerator yesterday. Had shipped to home. Box was tore in several places. Aerator was dinged and dented in a few spots from shipping apparently. A few bolts and nuts were missing. Went and bought some to replace. One wheel is a little crooked. The bracket may need to be bent back out some. I understand that it is a heavy product. But for what it costs you would think that they could ship it in a heavier box and more padding. The aerator works as it should. Pulled out 2-3" plugs. I used 4x8x16" solid concrete blocks, that added just under 200 lbs for extra weight. Pulled behind john deere z445 zero turn. Other than packaging i would reccomend this product. If you are on the fence on which aerator to buy. This is the heaviest that i have found. Didnt wanna buy a cheap one that probably wouldnt last. Hopefully this one lasts like it should.
Date published: 2016-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good service, acceptable performance. For a tow-behind aerator, this is likely the best you'll find. It has a good width, to cover a lot of ground faster than you could with a rental (walk behind) aerator, and 12 spoon wheels, each with 4 spoons, to get a reasonable density of plugs per pass. The penetration depth, advertised as up to 3 inches, was more like 1-1/2 inches, due to the aerator riding on the wheels when lowered for aerating. I'll take a look sometime to see if this can be improved. The aerator was easy to assemble, but one of the two tow bars was missing from the box (possibly fell out during shipping). Brinley-Hardy, who apparently makes this for John Deere, was quick to ship the missing part to me with no additional cost. Good service!
Date published: 2015-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works well, time will tell with durability. This unit is heavier built than the similar 48" unit from same manufacturer under their name. This JD unit has extra support braces from tray down to axle to support the heavier weight as rated. I have done about three acres so far with 6 12" concrete blocks as ballast, about 235#. The specifications here on Home Depot say the depth of penetration is NOT adjustable, but that is not correct. The wheels can be set to lift the tines well off the ground for transport and can be fully raised for maximum penetration (lever below lower pin) or placed in 3 alternate positions for partial penetration (lever on the lower pin, lever between the two pins, level on upper pin, and lever resting on top of upper pin. In the "higher" positions the wheels support the tines above max depth. With the designed tine spacing, the tines are very close to the outer walls supporting the main axle and this can cause a bind in sharp turns due to turf tearing and jamming that tine set, causing it to did a trench instead of turning. Re-arranging the time sets and how some tines are attached to the tine plates can resolve that, but a response to a question above says such may void warranty. To get a better core aerator, the cost skyrockets for one to fit a larger 3 pt hitch tractor or Ventrac tractor. Rooster
Date published: 2016-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from sturdy, easy to use. very effective. We bought this for our football field and it works very well. The ground was too hard the first time we used it. The next time it was damp and it worked great. You need to putt weight on it, 100 lbs or more to be effective. This is relative to the grounds hardness. We were paying $300 per aeration, so this was a great money saver!
Date published: 2012-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great, thick metal, very durable. Everything good except packaging. Everthing comes in a big box with little or no material to keep parts from banging against each other. Paint is damaged on everything from this. I expect more from JD for the price of the product! Quality would;ve been excellent if it weren't for this.
Date published: 2011-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Held up better than I expected. This product is mostly assembled but you have to install the tow bar, wheels and lever to raise and lower the wheels. Not only do you have to install the tow bar but you have to assemble first and I strongly recommend you have someone to help you. It's a pain in the rear to do it by yourself as the parts do not want to hold still when you try to put in the bolts and nuts. Also, you have to take care that the 2 channel parts that mount on the top and bottom of the tow bar are correctly installed. The edges of these channels must point UP on the top and DOWN on the bottom, otherwise, you will not have flat surfaces when you attach to the towing vehicle. Also, the lever to raise and lower the wheels is supposed to "slide" into a slot that comes attached to the device from the factory. Due to having too much powder coating at the point of contact on the lever itself, it would not fit into the slot until I used a grinder to remove enough of the powder coating so it would fit properly. You may or may not have this issue, but I did. When I first used the aerator, I added 135lbs. of barbell plates. My yard was fairly wet due to recent rain for a couple of days but the 135lbs added plus the weight of the aerator, 100lbs., did not work very well. I live in NC and the soil here is mostly red clay, so it's pretty tough. I wound up putting 230lbs. of barbell plates, (330lbs. total counting the weight of the aerator), and then, it pulled very nice plugs out. The aerator is rated to handle 250lbs. total in the weight tray. I had purchased 15 extra plugging tines in case I broke or bent any of the original tines and did not have to change any out. Some places in my acre size yard have some roots barely under the soil and I was concerned they might damage the tines, but they didn't. I have 2 driveways, 1 asphalt and 1 concrete and sometimes I would get too close trying to get as far to the edges as possible and the tines would get on the hard surfaces and to my surprise it didn't hurt the tines. They are tougher than they look! I made 3 passes over the entire yard and overlapped each pass made so as to pull more plugs. Even though the aerator will plug a 48" wide swath, my overlap was a foot or more, so I made a bunch of plugs! Now, I have no idea how well it'll hold up next year, but this plug aerator paid for itself on its first use as the lawn care company has been charging me $500.00/year. So, every year this unit works for me I save $500.00 with each use.
Date published: 2014-10-14
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