Model # PA-48JD

Internet #100609654

John Deere 48 in. Tow-Behind Plug Aerator

John Deere

48 in. Tow-Behind Plug Aerator

$46900 /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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Name 48 in. Tow-Behind Plug Aerator Professional Grade 48 in. Core Plug Aerator 40 in. Tow-Behind Plug Aerator 48 in. Tow-Behind Plug Aerator
Brand Brinly-Hardy Ohio Steel John Deere John Deere
Ratings (131) (31) (36) (23)
Refurbished No No No No
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Assembled Depth (in.)
51 in
Assembled Height (in.)
33 in
Assembled Width (in.)
67 in
Maximum Penetration (in.)
Working Width (in.)


Aerator Type
Application Type
Lawn Care
Assembly Required
2-Piece Drawbar
Fits brands/models
Most riding lawn tractors
Weight Tray,Wheels

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
2 year

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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

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
I operate mine in reverse and it seems to do no harm. Your success will depend upon your backing skill and how well you can see when backing. It jackknifes easily.
Answered by: Rooster
Date published: 2017-05-11

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
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Customer Reviews

48 in. Tow-Behind Plug Aerator is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have had mine about a year now and have used it 5 times for a total of 25 acres double covered.... I have had mine about a year now and have used it 5 times for a total of 25 acres double covered. My ground was very compact from large tractors, riding mowers, and smaller tractors with mowers. I purchased this to see if aeration was really all that helpful and, if so, purchase a larger at about 6 times the price. Well, YES aeration has made a great difference; my soil is much softer now, no thatch, and the grass much improved. It holds 12" concrete foundation blocks and works best a day or so after a soaking rain. So far no damage to unit. I did modify the as delivered tine placement. I think the factory assembler may have got it wrong, but the outer tines were so close to the sides that any thatch being picked up would jamb that tine set, plus the spacing was irregular. It was easy to rearrange to get even spacing and proper clearance. I do not think I will need the more expensive one. Pulling with Ventrac 4500.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The bag of small parts was short a few washers,... The bag of small parts was short a few washers, lock washers and a nylock nut. Quick trip to the local hardware store (7 miles) expediated the assembly. Faster than calling customer service. Unit did not produce 3" plugs. I need to experience some trial and error efforts next time I use it.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I bought this John Deere aerator to aerate my 1... I bought this John Deere aerator to aerate my 1 acre lawn that was in sad shape. I waited until after a good rain and weighed it down with four cement pavers and three iron tractor weights, about 260lbs. It worked great! I didn't even bend any tines in my rocky soil. Great aerator!
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Added 4 concrete blocks for weight and did an excellent job aerating fescue lawn. Only used it on... Added 4 concrete blocks for weight and did an excellent job aerating fescue lawn. Only used it one time so I will give it a 4 rating.
Date published: 2017-05-22
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 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 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
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