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jeff7
Sep 8 , 2009
It worked for me, I added a wood brace, 2cinder blocks+4Bricks

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. 

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JBJA
Jan 7 , 2009
awful product
Product was missing parts. Easy to put together. Use one time and frame bent and tool spikes out of whack. used for about 10 minutes and quit using because it was so cheap it basically came apart. Recommend not to waste money on this.
 

SearsKmartAndMe

Cherryville, NC

Feb 18 , 2014
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Does great for me.

Need add more wait and you're good to go. I don't know how long it will last but it works great.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Jan 30 , 2014
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Craftsman Spike Aerator

We stopped at our local Sears Store here in Englewood to see the owner Clif, Clif has always been very helpful with all of our purchases, we like to keep our business local and our little store is great for items for the home and the owner and employees are also very helpful.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Fezlo

Newport, OR

Dec 24 , 2013
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spike aerator

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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margotis

Winter Haven, FL

Nov 16 , 2013
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Craftsman 36 inSpike aerator

does what I expected. Easy hook up

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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slsantoro

Hanover, MA

Nov 2 , 2013
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aerator

Easy to assemble and use. Sears had cheapest price.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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trader2773

Bowie, MD

Jul 1 , 2013
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Merely Adequate

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.


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Jun 1 , 2013
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Great product

It worked as advertised and assembly was easy. When you take the weights off it is very easy to store.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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glcodl

Arab, AL

Apr 21 , 2013
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aerator

this aerator is used to punch holes in your lawn and the dirt in your yard to let the soil breathe better and to get the fertlizer and seed down into the soil better

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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chews_cruise

Dresden, OH

Jan 11 , 2013
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great value for teh price

I have been wanting a small aerator and had to have this one when it went on sale.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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vfretired

Schenectady, NY

Dec 15 , 2012
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Wait until Spring

I am glad that I could buy this know, but I will not be able to use it until next Spring!!!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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jhnsns

Spring Valley, MN

Oct 23 , 2012
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Aerator

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!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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tayloraj3

Spokane, WA

Jul 5 , 2012
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Craftsman Spike Aerator

Was missing several parts, nuts, bolts, and pins. Once we went and bought the needed items and finally got it together it seemed to work well as long as there are some weights on it.


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figured1

Wake Forest, NC

May 27 , 2012
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Craftsman 36 in. Spike Aerator

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.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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JEN5

Shreveport, LA

May 21 , 2012
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Spike aerator

Small in size but when weight is placed on it, it does an acceptable job of providing lawn aeration.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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jman25

Pollocksville, NC

May 10 , 2012
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Flimsy, angle iron too thin, save your money

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.


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WORKHARD

Lincroft, NJ

May 10 , 2012
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THIS IS A PEACE OF JUNK

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


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WILDCHILD186

Limington, ME

May 10 , 2012
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the AERATOR,SPIKE 36" TOW is great

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!! :)

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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eastsidej

Willoughby, OH

May 10 , 2012
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36" spike aerator

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 would recommend this product to a friend.

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Buyerofsears

Pittsburgh, PA

May 9 , 2012
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Junk, don't purchase!

Thin metal, twisted up like a pretzel! No good way of holding blocks on as weights. Cheap quality, poor design! I returned it to the store very next day.


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jumpmasterart

Mead, WA

May 9 , 2012
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Cut-rate and unremarkable implement

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.


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sr556m9

Niles, MI

May 5 , 2012
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Spike aerator is a great deal

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.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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tjfish

Bear, DE

May 3 , 2012
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spike aerator

very nice but wish i had gotten one with wheels

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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djnowlin

Hersey, MI

May 1 , 2012
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craftsman 36 in. spike aerator

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.


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medic8852

Lexington, Illinois

Apr 9 , 2012
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craftsman spike aerator

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.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Hawaiian1031

Stockbridge, GA

Apr 5 , 2012
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Works well for the price

Added this item along with my other craftsman gear and it works well. Don't add too much weight fram might bend but does the job.


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