Rated 4.8 out of 5Â by 10
Rated 5 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â by lilstinker222 Great product
Product works great. Couple of tube sand bags worked very well for the weight required.
May 15, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Busa1300 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.
October 11, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5Â by FieldMan 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!
December 11, 2012