Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 15
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 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 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
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by FieldMaintenance Works Very Well!!!
Was very easy to assemble! Did come with a slight bend in the axle that holds one of the wheels. I called Brinley-Hardy, who makes this Aerator, and they sent me out a new axle within a few days. They also threw in a few extra tines. Best Customer service I have ever had. I have already done my yard and a very large soccer field and this thing did a great job.
August 26, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dani Great Quality for Large Acreage
Researched a few tow behinds for our 6 acre property and glad we decided on this one. It holds the most weight for this price point and is built well. Thick metal spikes did not break or bend after aerating our compact & rocky soil. We went over it a few times in the extremely compact area after a good rain, which is key! Averaged 3" deep plugs and can't wait to see the effect it has on our grass in the spring time!!
October 21, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dustman 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.
October 14, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by atago22 Does what is is designed to do...
Product quality is typical John Deere....solid and well built.
Only "problem" we encountered is that the packaging was damaged, resulting in missing nuts plus was shipped with French instructions only - 2 sets. Thank heavens for JD online manuals.
Great product though albeit you need to "learn" how to get around the garden towing this as sharp corners are a no no....
October 8, 2013