Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 19
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by shanef 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.
September 3, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by morz 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.
October 24, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by J123 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?
October 11, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by BeefaloSpringer Avoid
I made two attempts at purchasing this product using in-store pick-up. On both occasions the product arrived with damaged to the shipping packaging and a defective lift handle. It was too wide for the mount bracket. On the first attempt, in addition to the defect above it was also missing several fasteners. So the product was returned both times and I am now looking elsewhere.
Before purchasing you should be aware of two things: first, this is a licensed product made by Brinly. I have never been overly impressed by their product. Second - be aware that if you use a gift card for the online purchase they will only issue a store credit if the item has to be returned. And you can't use store credit for online purchases.
September 6, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by landscaper Dollar for dollar, it's a pretty good machine
Had her up and running in less than 40 mins. Deeply moist soil and six concrete blocks on the tray are a must for aerating success. Pretty strong build for the price. JD should have added 2-4 more tines per tine wheel for smoother aerating, but hardly a serious draw back. Making 2 perpendicular passes I pulled out 3-4" plugs on irrigated lawn. 27 hp exmark pulled it with ease. We will see how it holds up to 50 hrs of use per year.
October 11, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Rooster 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.
March 13, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Justin 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!
November 1, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MedicBrad Great aerator
Aerator is well constructed and holds plenty of weight to drive the spoons into the ground. Assembly directions could have been a little more clear but it still only took about 30 minutes to assemble. This aerator made be built to specs set by John Deere but it is actually built by Brinley.
September 29, 2015