John Deere 48 in. Tow-Behind Plug Aerator-PA-48JD - The Home Depot

John Deere

Model # PA-48JD

Internet # 100609654

48 in. Tow-Behind Plug Aerator

John Deere 48 in. Tow-Behind Plug Aerator

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$469.00 / each


Model # PA-48JD

Internet # 100609654

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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Assembled Depth (in.)  51 in  Assembled Height (in.)  33 in 
Assembled Width (in.)  67 in  Maximum penetration (in.) 
Product Depth (in.)  51  Product Height (in.)  33 
Product Width (in.)  67  Working width (in.)  48 
2-piece drawbar  Yes  Adjustable Height  No 
Aerator type  Plug  Assembly Required  Yes 
Fits brands/models  Most riding lawn tractors  Material  Steel 
Returnable  90-Day  Weight tray  Yes 
Wheels  Yes 
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty  2 year 


Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 11 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 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 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 4.0 out of 5.0 by 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 5.0 out of 5.0 by 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 Great product Product works great. Couple of tube sand bags worked very well for the weight required. May 15, 2014
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