Brinlyâs high-performance 40 in. Tow-Behind Plug Aerator is the perfect tool for achieving and maintaining a healthy, vibrant lawn. The 24 heat-treated 16-gauge steel tines penetrate the soil up to 3 in. deep, allowing water, seed and nutrients to reach your lawnâs root system. Each plugging spoon is individually replaceable, allowing for easy servicing. The fully enclosed all steel weight tray offers flexibility for adding various types of weights; 150 lbs. of additional weight may be added for aerating considerably compacted soil or hard clay. And the easy to engage transport wheels make crossing driveways and sidewalks a breeze. Donât settle for a less than perfect lawn. Let Brinly help you get the lawn of your dreams.
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96%of customersrecommend this product109 of 113reviews
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Ease of use
96%of customersrecommend this product109 of 113reviews
Im agree with all of the good reviews. I want to add what I did with the weigh. First time i used three bags of sand, around 150 pounds. It's okay but the plastic bag broke and I got sand in all of the place. I did something a little bit crazy. See the picture. On the picture you can see only one small 2.5 pounds, I used for reference but you can use one plate of 35 pounds on each side and one of 25 pounds on each side. Around 120 pounds and is enough. The 2"x10" is just for keeps the weights on level. Enjoying.
Paint it green if your a deer lover and save 300.00 dollars. This is well priced, easy to put together and it works great. I put 120 pounds of sand in the holder and it makes perfect 3 to 4 inch holes. Cant go wrong. At first I was not interested in this because of all the comments about how hard it was to assemble. Glad I followed my gut and ordered it anyways. It can't be any easer to assemble unless of course you can order it all ready assembled.
Pros: Easy to Use, Sturdy, Accurate, Good Size & Weight, Durable
Assembled with my wife and was impressed with quality of components. If you have a pneumatic ratchet I highly recommend for assembling the spoons to shaft bodies. I left the under tray slotted hardware loose until I hooked the assembly to the trailer hole on my John Deere D140 and then adjusted flatness of tray before tightening these last four blots. Sits nice and flat after raising wheels. I aerated .6 acres in one hour with about 180 pounds of bagged soil tied onto the tray. Great results!
Pros: Sturdy, Good Size & Weight, Durable, Small Turn Radius, Long-Lasting
Works great. Have used it for 2 years now. We have a 6 acre yard. Only real issue is that 3 concrete blocks don't fit long ways just 2 and one in the other direction. And occasionally the lowering bar comes off of pin. User error if run it to close to where you just ran it the tires will be covered with mud and raise your aerating height. I use it with a John Deere 150.
This is a great product for the price. I checked out several other makes and models and this is definitely the best bang for the buck hands down. My observations:
* Assembly was straight forward, lots of nuts, bolts and washers. I didn't have any missing parts, I inventoried all my parts before starting the assembly due to some reviewers stating they were missing parts. I did have about 10 left over nuts and bolts.
* I have a John Deere D140 and the unit sits on a severe downward angle, I was unable to level the unit according to the instructions. This didn't affect operation, I'm not to happy with the angle it sits on. I'll definitely be contacting the manufacturer about this to see if there is an adapter to correct this problem.
* Do yourself a favor and read the instructions, I've found the majority of negative reviews are related to "not" reading the instructions and following procedures.
* Make sure the lawn has been watered sufficiently before operating. If you don't, the aerator will ride the surface and tear the lawn.
* I operated the aerator at the speed of a mild walk and got great penetration at 3", good spacing and plugs that pushed out nicely.
* I used 4 pier blocks for additional weight and as stated, 3" plug depth was consistent.
Recommendations to the manufacturer: I would really like to see the addition of a drop spreader for a 2 in 1 combination, with a drop spreader on the back it would reduce a second operation and would keep the plugs from being crushed back into the soil.
The key for good operation in my opinion boils down to: Correct soil moisture, pulling the unit slowly and adding weight to the unit.
I would recommend this unit with out hesitation, great product for the money!
Instruction for assembly was VERY good. All parts were present and labeled very nicely, and assembly was accomplished without a problem, and within a reasonable amount of time. I used the aerator for the first time yesterday, 2 days after a good rainfall. I used THREE 40lb. bags of granule lime as weight. They fit perfectly in the top, and spread the lime when done. No storage of cement blocks. The aerator pulled plugs 2 1/2 to 3 inches deep. I could not back up the unit, no control at all, but it was meant to go forward. I pulled the unit with my TroyBilt TB30 rear engine rider. NO PROBLEM AT ALL, EVEN ON A SLIGHT INCLINE. I have 6000 sq.ft.
I really like this aerator. It's going to save me hundreds of dollars. Just by using it this year it's paid for itself over the estimate given to me by my lawn service. Once you get this thing together it works very well. Make no mistake it's a pain in the rear to assemble. Each individual step in assembly isn't difficult, very few steps are difficult. But there are a lot of parts to put together. I'm pretty good with a wrench and it took me a couple of hours.
Pros: Sturdy, Good Size & Weight, works as advertised
This aerator works well, as long as you keep a few things in mind: -Make sure the soil is at an appropriate moisture level -Use a fair amount of weight to ensure the plugs go deep enough -Going too fast prevents the plugs from doing their job -If sections of your lawn have a high moss content to it, you'll most likely rip up a patch or two
As far as assembly/configuration is concerned: -It will take the better part of an hour to assemble -Having an impact driver or impact wrench will reduce assembly time significantly -When attaching the plugs to the plates, make sure you do so on the non-welded sides
I find this to be a good buy, and my lawn is already reaping the benefits!
This aerator was easy to assemble and works well. I put three bags of sand in the top tray to weigh it down. It pulled good plugs of soil where the ground was wetter and held the moisture from a recent rain and where it is sandier and drier it didn't do as well, but that is more a result of dry conditions and soil texture than any problem with aerator. I plan to use it 2-3 times a year and it paid for itself with the first usage compared to hiring someone to aerate an acre of lawn. I used a John Deere lawn tractor to pull it, but may use my ATV next time due to some steep areas where the lawn tractor wheels were spinning.
I completely believe in buying American whenever possible, and this is a great Made in America piece of equipment. I recommend you follow the soil conditions info in the manual or you will (as with any aerator) break some of the plugging spoons (B-4855-10 - costs $1.30 each on 7/1/2014). Product comes with a 2 year warranty from Brinly Hardy, and they will replace some of the spoons one time only. I broke 6 after 9 months of use - once 1 breaks, the rest start popping due to the unequal weight balance. Warranty for Brinly Hardy sent me 8 so I would have a few extra in the future. Great product! Great company!
Pros: Sturdy, Good Size & Weight, Durable, Light Weight, Easy to Store, Long-Lasting
Used with a JD L110 tractor and unable to level unit per instruction. Shortly after starting aerating, several welds sheared that attach weld plates with spoons to tube assembly. Inspecting welds showed very little penetration between plate and tube allowing spoon assembly to rotated freely about tube assembly. Poor welding and quality control! Tube assembly ends need to be deburred to accept skimpy nylon bearings. Axle assembly flexes during operation and is in need of a center support. Unit returned and letter written to Brinly
Used it with my John Deere D110, tractor had no issues pulling it. I would not recommend using concrete blocks on it because when you go through an area that’s uneven, concrete will scratch the surface it’s sitting on. I used 3 sand bags (each 50 lbs), worked perfectly (no scratches what so ever) and it pulled the plugs out just as advertized. You should aerate when it’s neither wet nor too dry. Assembly is time consuming, 2 Hr Est. To raise aerator spoons when moving through concrete area, you have to carry your tools with you to un-screw the bolt so you can raise the unit to run on wheels only. It would’ve been nice if the aerator could be adjusted right from the tractor seat. It’s just an added work. When pulling the aerator with a tractor, you have to take wider turns, taking sharp turn will pull big chunks of grass along with the plugs. Overall, it’s a great unit. Solid built. Go buy it, you will like it.
Out of the box, it appeared as if it was constructed well. Everything is made of decent quality metal, with nothing real chincy-looking. Assembly was fairly straight forward and took about an hour. For the initial run, I loaded up the heavy-duty weight tray with about 150 pounds. The garden tractor had no problem pulling it fully loaded down. The weather hadn't really cooperated, and the ground was a bit dry on this run, but it still took decent plugs. I believe that if the ground had been normal-spring-type moist, it would have taken the 3" advertised plugs. I am thoroughly satisfied with what it did.
After a weekend of rain, I hooked mine up to my lawn tractor and was pleased to find how effective this aerator is at doing its job. With a pair of concrete blocks to add weight, I think the plug tines sank the full 3" or so into the soil. I rolled along at about 3mph, occasionally 4, and found the operation to be smooth. Be sure the grass is dry though, as I used mine early in the morning and the dew made traction difficult in a few places.
Pretty easy to assemble, took a couple hours and tried it out on my lawn with 60 pounds of weight, much to my delight, this unit was pulling some good long plugs out.
The absolute key to this machine is having the right amount of moisture in the soil. If its really bogged down, the spoons will clog and too dry is not good either, we just had a good rain, so the soil was moist and the machine able to work.
Love the idea that it is now in the shred at my disposal and I didn't have to wrestle around a huge, heavy rental, I now own this and although it was a little pricey, I only had to pay once.
It seems pretty sturdy and with care, should last a decade or more. I hosed mine off and sprayed it down with a rust barrier. They didn't suggest greasing the axle in the assembly instructions but I greased everything before assembly with some marine grade bearing grease to keep the rust out.
You can make a pretty tight turn with it. Backing it up with it attached is near impossible for more than a few feet.
Ease of use ONCE BUILT is simple....probably was buidling it. Took longer and was more difficult than I expected. I am fairly handy but I had trouble attaching the "Plugs" to the axel. Just be prepared for more work putting it together than you think it will be. Go to the store and buy an assembled one if you can.
AGRI-FAB 48" (wider than Brinly): 13 gauge steel box (thicker than Brinly) 12 gauge steel knives (thicker than Brinly) The square plates have 4 "spot-welds" to attach them to the spindles. (worse than Brinly). Spindles rotate on plastic split bearings. Pneumatic tire pressure is adjustable. 3-year warranty (better than Brinly) Agri-Fab did not respond to repeated e-mail inquiries for technical information.
BRINLY-HARDY 40": 14 gauge steel box 16 gauge steel knives The square plates are welded 360 degrees around each spindle. Spindles rotate on plastic bushings. Tires are semi-pneumatic; not inflated and can not adjust pressure. 2-year warranty Brinly customer service was much more responsive to questions via e-mail.