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It worked for me. I made sure the bolts were tight and secure.
After forst reading the reviews (eg bent braces) I dediced to: (1) buy (2) add my wood brace and (3) if it still failed knowing that a failed product could be returned. My alternative was a 4 hour rental ($50) of a 300 lb plugger gas unit. uggh.
I added a simple 1x4 scrap pine board across the top (where the cinder blocks sit), utilized the existing pre-drilled holes in the unit and used eye-bolts to retain a bungie cord. The aerator unit worked fine with 2cinder blocks+4 bricks inserted into the cinder block cavities. I have approx 3/4 acre of lawn, some sloped, some tree roots, some ruts, had to pull the fully loaded unit across a concrete sidewalk and driveway to reach other areas. It last rained approx 1 week ago, and has been sunny/hot/dry ever since. Loam still retained some moisture. For this it should be a 5 Start rating.
Dropped to 4 stars (above average) for two reasons (1) I could not add enough weight to get the spikes to penetrate deeper than 3/4 inch or so. I believe the loam was moist enough, but poor spike design. (2) product should not require adding wood. As I'm not sure of the effectiveness of the depth, I may have to use this unit more than twice per year.
Winter Haven, FL
This product is adequate. It would be nice if it was heavier on its own so you didn't have to add as much weight to it. If your yard is dry, don't expect it to do anything. Best if used after a rain or a lot of watering. I get much more use out of the dethatcher.
Spring Valley, MN
Purchased the item on-line picked it up at a local Sears store it would have been nice if there were a different type of spike to be used or alternate between and tie down straps for the weights, lets face it not everyone has bunjee straps for holding cynder blocks in place!
Wake Forest, NC
Purchased as a birthday gift for my son. He is very pleased with the quality, ease of use, and results from the useage to improve his lawn. Everyone in the neighborhood is lining up to use it in their yards.
Put it together by looking at the picture on the box and skimming through the instructions, so that parts easy. Took it out on somewhat soft soil with about 80 pounds on it for about 30 minutes, does the job it's supposed to. The spikes went into the ground about 1 1/2" so I know that my weight was adequate. But, when I took the blocks off, like many others I noticed the angle iron was bent to he!!. It's only 1/16" so you can't really expect it to carry as much weight as it claims. Guess I thought it was super iron or something. I'm going to keep it and just spend 13 bucks for some 1/8" angle iron and replace the crap that's on it. (I need things to do on the weekends) I don't understand why it wasn't made with 1/8" in the first place, I would have spent the extra 15 bucks or so. Also, the average guy isn't going to do what I'm going to do to fix it. Most people want something to work right out of the box. But, then again, compared to other brand aerators, what does a guy expect for this price? It looks pretty and can probably safely carry about 50 or 60 pounds. You definetely get what you pay for. I would recommend average Joe buy something better or be ready to modify this thing in your own way right out of the box. It does what it's supposed to, but the weight rating is way off par. Unless you're going to work sod and don't need much weight, buy something more expensive (heavy Duty). I give it a 1 star, because I don't even think it's worth the sale price that I paid for the use it's intended for. But, if you pretty much just want to build your own, it's a good starter kit. Maybe that's what they should market it as.
THIS IS A PEACE OF JUNK DID NOT FINISH HALF MY YARD AND IT BENT TAKEING IT BACK MY FATHER HAS THE OLD STLYE WITH A FULL META PAN TO PUT A BLOCK ON IT THIS ONE HAS A RIDGE WITH A HOLE, NO PAN IM SUPRISED SEARS WOULD SELL SOMETHING LIKE THIS ! GO BACK TO THE OLD STYLE
I have been very satisfied with this product. It is well built and works great. There is only one thing that i would change and that would be to add wheels to ot so that you dont have to dosconect it to move it across the pavement. But all and all it is great!! :)
very easy to put together, does need extra weight. should offer to sell metal bricks to fit the area. it works very well for a $65.00 unit others are priced @ $100.00 to 200.00
I am unimpressed with SEARS/CRAFTSMAN?s attempt to provide consumers with a much needed implement for the home owner that enjoys a personal touch to their lawn. The initial draw was unfortunately the price as I, like anyone else was caught by the initial price. However, once I arrived home and began assembling the aerator I soon began to have second thoughts. It was not that it was somewhat cumbersome, I expected some challenges. The metal used appeared to be potentially unreliable. This observation proved to be correct as even though the video claimed that 100lbs was acceptable. I used 70lbs for my yard with sandy loam soil following rain fall of the day before. Taking wide turns and keeping the speed in 1st gear being careful to not stress the metal did not help. At conclusion, the tongue and rear weight bearing mount were bent. This knock off will be taken back for an upgrade.
I was a little apprehensive about purchasing this product based on the reviews. The people who are rating this product as extremely poor must not know how to turn a wrench. It is a light duty aerator, not designed to be loaded down with 500 lbs of weights. I added 2 35 pound concrete blocks for weights and strapped them down with 2 24" bungee cords. The blocks were nice and snug on the frame. It did an excellent job of aerating my lawn and my grass is nice and green and thick. The steel frame is a bit thin, but my unit did not show any signs of bending or distortion. The key is making sure all of your bolts are tightened down securely, the concrete blocks are strapped down securely, and do not try overloading the machine with too much weight. By adding the 70 lbs., the spikes penetrated about 1" - 1.5" or so into my lawn. I would feel confident adding another 30 lbs to the unit and it not bending, assuming the blocks were secure and all of the bolts were tight.
when you think craftsman you think quality, but with this product poorly designed and the use of light weight metal that beens under load conditions, its not worth the money i would recommend you upgrade to the more expsensive model then to waste your money on this product its sad that craftsman is producing crap.
While it was easy to assemble, attaching weight to the unit can be a little bit of a challenge. pulls nicely behind a 17hp lawn tractor and made nice holes with approximately 50-60lbs on it after a rain. Will probably need a little reinforcing of the structure to be able to handle the 100lbs it's rated at.
Easy to assemble, could be built a little stronger. Use it a day after a good rain or watered really good, it gets into the lawn much easier. I used 50lb. sand bags to weight it down, and it worked well.
I live beside a road where the grass would barely grow along the road and I planted grass seed then pulled this behind my mower up and down the road a few times. It was not very long before the grass look like a green carpet. It's easy to use and I have 2 cinder blocks straped onto it. It works better if the support bar is installed on the bottom instead of the top like it says in the instructions.