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weekendwarrier
Apr 1 , 2009
NOT A BAD AERATOR. GO OUT AND GET YOURSELF ONE
Over all I have to give this thing 5 stars. I bought mine boxed and it was not that difficult to put together. It took about an hour. The one thing I was concerned about that no one mentioned in any other reviews or on the video online was how well did it hold up turning. It turns out I had no problems. I pulled it behind my zero turn mower. I do think it is best to use earily spring or late fall when the ground is nice and soft obviously. I had 2 tube sand bags from my truck on top of it. I think the main thing to remember is you dont need to go fast. take it slow and steady. It says it is commercial quality but even commercial equipment isnt meant to be thought of as indistructive. I still didnt make any 90 degree turns when I came to the end of my yard. make it a 3 or 4 point turn. This way there will be minimum stress on the tines. I guess my only complaint would be since it is a once and done until the end of the season piece of equipment, I would like to see grease fittingsfor the axel on the tines. I know I am probably a little too meticulus, but all of my other equipment gets a hose down and regrease after every use. For the price, if I get 2 or 3 seasons with a spring and fall pull out of it I will be satisfied and buy another one. So go out and get one, and remember slow and steady, watch tree roots (go over them slowly), sprinkeler heads, in ground dog fences, and tight turns, clean it up when your done, try to spray some white lithium grease on the tine axel and it should last a while.
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MOWPRO
Mar 22 , 2009
Unhappy with purchase!
Purchased this aerator in hopes that it would save me from having to rent aerators on a yearly basis as I own a local lawn service. Purchased on sale for $159.88 at my local Sears store. This item appeared to be very sturdy and built well. So I purchased it. No matter how much weight I put on it, I could not get plugs to be any more than half inch max plugs. This after watering yard and adding 180 lbs at one point. It was hard to even tell that the yard had been aerated. I will be returning to Sears tomorrow. Not a happy customer!! Next time I will try it before buying it!
 

seventimesseven

Chester, VA

Apr 22 , 2014
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spacers

checked the contents of packages with the parts list. should have received 2-1.33" in spacers, 2- 1" spacers and a 3.7" spacer. What I received was 4-1.33" spacers and 2-3.7" spacers. Rather than pack everything up and take it back, I cut everything to fit. Once assembled, it works great.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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HawsInFL

Niceville, FL

Apr 6 , 2014
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Descent Aerator for a descent price

Assembly instructions were very clear and helpful. Quality is good (surprisingly) for the price. Works well. Wish I would have bought this years ago.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Richsaerator

Dallas, GA

Mar 24 , 2014
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Aerator

The aerator works well, assembly was not to difficult and the product seems to be very stable for utilizing behind the four wheeler.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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trzam400

South Ozone Park, NY

Mar 14 , 2014
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Cant wait to use it SNOW melt already

I have been searching for one for a while and this one seem to be the best bang for the buck. I saw some used ones on craigslist but for a few more dollars I could have a new one. Put it together in about a half hour very simple and packed well JUST BE CAREFUL THE KNIVES ARE SHARP

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Nov 24 , 2013
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Better than expected

Seems to be a pretty nice aerator so far. It was a little difficult to assemble, do to the illustrations could be better. But this unit works great though, pulls 2" plugs out of wet, hard, clay soil, and probably 3" plugs on the softer parts of my yard. I was really surprised!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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princelarr

Heath, OH

Oct 27 , 2013
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Please with this aerator

I got this aerator on a Thursday and put it together with a minimal amount of effort. I am not a big instruction reader but followed the outline and it went together well. I loaded it down with about 60 lbs of landscape stones and was surprised with the depth and ease of plugs being removed from my yard. Overall is a good aerator and I will use it for many more years as I really don't expect any problems.


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Lawn_Warrior

Belleville, IL

Sep 22 , 2013
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Well-engineered, good value.

No parts missing & none left-over. Straight-forward assembly if one follows the instructions, which I did this time. Design struck good balance (i.e., solidly constructed w/out being overly heavy). Only defect I found is that one of the inner tubes had a small hole right out of the box. I replaced the tube with one that's self-sealing and has a metal valve. That said, I still prefer pneumatic tires, because they're easier on the grass & weigh less than the sold, flat proof alternatives. Won't use this until 2nd week of October, but expect good results & many seasons of use. The price is about the cost of a one-time professional aeration, which makes for a pretty easy financial decision.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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RickMoss

Des Moines, IA

Jun 5 , 2013
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poor assembly

Was delivered assembled(badly). Bolts not tightened, tines installed backwards, bushings missing. wheels upside down so it could not be rolled.... After I disassembled it and put it back together correctly it works fine. Would be nice to have a manual and parts list but it's not rocket science to see it was not properly assembled. Don't know if this was a factory or warehouse issue.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Vannitro

Tolland, CT

Apr 23 , 2013
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Does the job

Took a little time to put together but instructions made sense and were easy to follow. Just don't expect to take out of the box working, take your time and follow the steps. I used the cardboard from the packaging to sit under some cinder blocks so it doesn't scratch and it worked well. May need to go over the lawn twice but I was happy with the strength and job it did.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Ted60

Olney, MD

Apr 23 , 2013
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Does good job of tri-core aeration.

Load it up with 2 or 3 solid cement blocks and cut pieces of 2x4 to jam blocks tight so they don't slide around. Do after good rain as soon as not muddy. Don't try steep or uneven areas--my lawn tractor would spin tires when I did. I have to get off tractor seat to raise or lower wheels when loaded with blocks. Do not cross hard surface without lowering wheels or you dull coring heads. Hose off including cleaning dirt out of coring heads before storing. It paid for itself in two uses compared to renting walk-behind unit which vibrates your hands carpel tunnel badly.


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Mobeav

Kansas City, MO

Apr 20 , 2013
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Very Good

This worked very well. It's well built and heavier than expected. Everything went together easily. The tray is large enough to place lots of weight. Use after a rain when the soil is soft, and this thing pops nice deep plugs. The spacing is a bit wide between spindles but with two passes over the yard it looked great.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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gem6o9

Mount Pleasant, PA

Apr 15 , 2013
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Quality Drainage Assistant

Immediately after using this product, and after it rained, we definitely noticed our lawn wasn't as soggy as before! We then seeded the lawn, and then fertilized it. Our lawn is looking and feeling better than ever, with grass growing after 2 weeks/

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Hudsoncc

Mound, MN

Apr 7 , 2013
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Works Perfect (when lawn is moist)

I strap a small block on the top and aerate after the thaw. It is like natures fertilizer! Tines can plug if too wet and wont penetrate if too dry.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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MommaJones

Wray, CO

Apr 6 , 2013
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Good product

I bought this as a gift for my husband so he could aerate our lawn before reseeding for grass seed. It took a bit to assemble it but once assembled, it looked great and you can tell it is built very well and is very sturdy. They could have designed the handle lever a bit better but other than that, it is a great piece.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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michael80751

Sterling, CO

Mar 26 , 2013
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Great product

It works great easy to put together and a great price.I really like the position of the handle being able to control it from tractor seat no other aerator are you able to do this.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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rgevry

Charlottesville, VA

Dec 28 , 2012
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Lawn Aerator

Great buy for the money!! Just add about 5 cinder blocks to the top and this inexpensive aerator works great from a small pull behind tractor. I have had this for 2 years now and my Lawn is reaping the benefits.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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derson

Mount Airy, MD

Nov 14 , 2012
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aerator

good product

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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BubbaArt

Brunswick, OH

Nov 12 , 2012
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Big Disappointment.....

I picked this up at the store for my three year old Craftsman tractor. Most of the stamped panels had some serious burrs and sharp edges not to mention the points on the aerator spikes. Needless to say, after assembly, I had my share of band-aids all over my hands and arms. After about 1-1/2 hours of assembly, I hooked it up to the tractor and realized that the lever arm that raises and lowers the aerator spikes, will hit the tractor frame. So, I returned it to the store for a refund.


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GeorgeGeorgetown

Georgetown, MA

Nov 7 , 2012
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Great value and works very well

Directions to put together were lackluster and you really needed to read twice or three times to get it right but it works great. Cannot wait for the Spring to use it again.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Hchdockery

Olympia, WA

Nov 6 , 2012
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Exactly what I was looking for!

I was skeptical about buying a plug style aerator based on several reviews from other brands. Many customers claimed that the plugs clogged and were of such poor quality that they bent when used . Not the case with this tool. The assembly instructions were easy to use. It took me just under one hour to assemble to include putting my tools away. I immediately hooked it to my lawn tractor, added three x fifty pound bags of fertilizer to the tray, and began aerating my lawn. The lawn had received a few days of rain and was nice and damp. It pulled 2-3 inch plugs, never clogged and worked exactly as advertised. I'm very pleased with the product. I even caught the sidewalk with one of the stainless steel plug ends. It lifted the entire aerator off the side wheel. Not only did it not bend the plug, it was still had a sharp tip and edge. Perfect for my nearly half acre lot!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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03

Silver Spring, MD

Nov 5 , 2012
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Plug Aerator

It does the job. In this case I think you get a little more than what you pay for... meaning, I did't expect it to be easy to assemble or have all the parts. It is almost a two person job for assembly. The blades are in four sections so you don't destroy your lawn when turning. I am content with my purchase.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Cramos1

Chester, VA

Oct 22 , 2012
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Great Yard Tool

It is a two-person assembly process; however, the aerator performs exceptionally well, and will pay for itself in three aerator rentals from your local tool rental establishment.


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Fish-618

Belleville, IL

Oct 1 , 2012
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Works Great, Missing a Few Nuts

I had to stop the installation and go to a hardware store. I was missing 6 Nylon Nuts (package only had 2 of the 8). Putting together the aerator took about 2 hours, not counting trip to hardware store. Aerator works great, and I was skeptical it would. It will pay for itself in 2 years, and I may aerate my lawn twice a year.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Chanhillbilly

Chantilly, VA

Sep 25 , 2012
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Poking holes

It took about an hour to put together. Watch the tines, they are sharp!! I sliced a knuckle on one. Once built, I put 4 cinderblocks on the top with a 2x4 across those and secured with a bungie chord and proceeded to chew up the lawn (in a good way).  I pulled 2-3" plugs out of our nearly indestructable northern virginia clay soil. It cost around 170, for me rent one and do it is around $80 and to hire is $90. If you have the storage area and the means to tow it, it makes all the sense to buy one. I even did the neighbors lawn just for fun.  Just remember to mark your sprinkler heads.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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TGRADY42

WHITINSVILLE, MA

Aug 14 , 2012
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Craftsman Lawn Aerator

Got it on sale  for a good price and worked very well. It will pay for itself within 2 years versus rentals.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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