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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Ease of use
96%of customersrecommend this product96 of 100reviews
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
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
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!
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.
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
I was able to assemble this unit in under an hour with the use of an air ratchet. Without the air ratchet, it would have taken longer due to the locking nuts used on the spoons. Directions are correct and all the parts were available in this unit.
Ran a full test run on the lawn (semi dry) and I was able to pull 1/2" - 1" plugs out of dry dirt. So when the weather cooperates in the next several weeks (more rain to soften soil), I will run another pass and seed at that time.
Overall, this is a great product and I always try to buy "Made in the U.S.A." products ... this one works!
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.
The first one I bought had a problem with the long curved bars that connect the aerator to the hitch assembly. The holes were drilled in the wrong places and the two bars didn't line up. Since I didn't want to drill my own holes and make it non-returnable, I returned it for another one.
The second one was missing a washer (which I noticed was also missing from the first one). Fortunately, I had an extra one laying around that was the right size. Everything else lined up but when I tried to slide the axle through the tubes with the spoons on them, it wouldn't go. Turns out when they welded the square plates to the tubes, they ended up leaving globs of weld INSIDE the tubes. I was able to get a rounded file in there and filed them away so the axle would fit but it was a real pain and took forever. I find it ridiculous that the company would send out something like this.
As some other reviewers noted, it does not sit level on some tractors. I have a JD D100 and the aerator definitely tilts forward when in the transport position, even after being adjusted as far as possible in the other direction. Once the spoons are engaged though, it sits close to level. If anyone is wondering, I didn't have any trouble towing it with probably about 150+ pounds on it, even with my entry-level tractor. I didn't go any faster than 3mph.
Once it was together, it worked well. I was concerned about the plastic wheels but I don't really think you need pneumatic tires for how often you'll tow it in transport mode. I also thought the size was good. Originally, I was looking at a 48in one but I like the maneuverability of the 40in. It definitely allowed me to reach more of my lawn and fit nicely when aerating the strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street. Again, this worked well and I would recommend a 40in but just not this brand unless you want to risk spending all day returning and modifying it until it works. I will not be buying another Brinly product.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight
Cons: missing part, poor welding
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Review 10 for 40 in. Tow-Behind Plug Aerator
Age Range:45 to 54
Check the box BEFORE you leave the store!! Really... Check the BOX
I have read the reviews stating this product is missing parts out of the box... No fooling.. I purchased this product in a unopened, undamaged box. 20 of the 32 listed items missing... Since I purchased this on a Friday night to use the next day, I was shocked to see so many parts listed missing. Most of the items come in a bag (nuts and bolts) however one of the arm brackets that attach to the mower was also missing.. I returned it the next morning and exchanged it for one with all the parts. I opened the box at the service counter and made sure all the part were there. The second box had all of the parts. The service counter person stated that Home depot has had a lot of return on this product for missing parts. I also sent a email to Brinly customer service stating my amazement that their quality control could let this type issue out of the plant. They did send out replacement parts which arrived a week later, but since I had already replaced it, I guess I have extra parts now... I used this product on my yard and it seemed to work great. I own several products built by Brinly, and am happy with all of them. I just cannot believe that their parts inspections are so bad....
I recommend this product, but OPEN the BOX and Check for all the parts BEFORE you leave Home Depot - Or you may be making a trip back to exchange it.!!
I don't know how to "rate" this because all of the parts weren't with it. Instructions say to not take it back to the store (why, since I have it half assembled already), but to call the manufactures number if there are missing parts. I did and, since I am putting it together on a Saturday morning, no one was there. The message says to call back on regular buisness hours Monday thru Friday. My opinion is this was a bad idea all around. Sorry I bought it and I'll reconsider buying anything from Home Depot again if this is the kind of manufacturer they want to deal with.
Cons: not all parts are packaged. poor customer service
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.
First of all, no matter which brand you buy my advice is to go with a plug aerator like this. The spike aerators (the tines look more like circular saw blades) cut southern grasses like St. Aug or Centipede because they cut at the surface more than penetrate in the soil. This plug aerator penetrated perfect holes 3-4" deep with a few bags of mulch added for weight on the tray. Cinder blocks would be more stable, and I would recommend over mulch or soil.
I have a D-series John Deere and I was first drawn to the PA-40JD, but after some research and initial sticker shock of $400+ for the Deere unit, I looked at the <$200 Brinly and found a great deal of value over the Deere. My favorite quote from a review that helped steer my decision was "I didn't realize green paint cost so much." Also, Brinly actually manufactures the J-D unit under license, so make your own conclusions... If it bothers you that much, there's always 2 cans of green spray paint available. And they won't cost $200!
Assembly was far easier than the reviews had set my expectation for- so that is a non-issue IMO. Took 90 minutes start to finish at less than a break-neck pace- basically a few beers. YOU WILL NEED A WRENCH LARGER THAN 3/4 for a few nuts/ bolts on the wheels. I used channel locks and (I think) a 1" ratchet- but many DIYers only have wrenches that go to 3/4. Telling you now to avoid a return visit if you're not equipped.
After first use, I am satisfied with this unit. It is built sturdy and I believe the more than $200 savings for an almost identical unit in the Deere is a MUCH better value over it. My only gripe is that the pin that holds the drop/ lift bar in place is a little wonky, I may have to verify it was installed correctly bc it seems insecure and doesn't want to stay in place. Not an issue in engaged mode, just when it comes time to lift the tines up. Again, I believe I may not have installed that pin correctly.
All in all, I would recommend this unit over the B -H combination aerator-spreader and over the very expensive J-D spike aerator.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Good Size & Weight, Long-Lasting, easy assembly
The aerator works as described in their description. Had to wait for missing parts to be sent from the manufacturer who responded very quick. Due to size and weight, you might want to have another person available to lend a helping hand. The manual was darn good. I got sloppy/rushed almost at the end of assembly and will lose a finger nail due to a slipped wrench so please be careful. Wish I could engage the wheels without having to stop the tractor. Storage is a bit of a problem along with all the other attachments and lawn/mechanical stuff in my shed.
Pros: Accurate, good investment
Cons: need to stop tractor to engage transport wheels
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.
Instructions weren't right but if you are buying this to do your own yard you do not really need directions anyway. If you do, pay someone to aerate your yard. That said, I have used the spike aerators in the past with little success. This is so much better simply due to the style of aerator it is. It is very heavy duty for the price and though rated at 150 lbs the rack can hold much more. I had over three hundred pounds on this thing stable pulling 4 1/2" plus plugs from my very hard ground. Then simply drove it in to my shed behind my tractor with the easy convenient wheels feature. For the price I am very pleased and not only would but have already suggested it to my brother for his yard. 4/27/14.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Good Size & Weight, Easy to Store
The aerator is a perfect example of a simple design which is well engineered and the service of Brinly-Hardy is exceptional. My lawn is Fescue with red clay and the aerator consistently removed two to three inch plugs when towed behind a 17.5 H.P. Troy Built lawn tractor. The only problem I encountered was one of the spoons immediately broke from a defect in manufacturing during operation. I called Brinly-Hardy and spoke with a well informed, cooperative lady who shipped a replacement spoon plus a spare. This service cannot be improved upon.
I did two yards with my new aerator yesterday and it does a great job of aerating the laws but it is a job to assemble with a mumber of lock nuts to install, just beware. It badly needs a couple of slinght modifications, 1) the lever to lower the wheels drags on the ground to move it from one place to another and it either need a wheel on the lever or a pin to lock it in place. 2) the pin that holds the handle in place while aerating needs a way to lock it in place it just off the pin. These are not great problems and would be easy for the manufacurer to fix.
After reading many reviews, and deciding to purchase based on them, I felt I should add my opinion. Many have complained about missing parts--there was one box open at HD where I'm wondering if someone was missing something and didn't want to wait a week. My box was packed well, and the only thing missing was the instructions, which I found on the Brinly site.Once obtained, the instructions were easy to follow. There are 24 spoons that must be attached--if you don't have a power driver it will be a longer task than you want. I am impressed with how heavy the steel is--definitely well built, especially for the price. I haven't used the aerator yet, but I believe it will do a good job, due to heavy duty construction and simple design. The aerator wheels are engaged/disengaged with a bar that cannot be reached from the tractor. "Leveling" the tray to the maximum amt. still leaves it at a modest angle--but certainly usable. I will tow with a JD500. Tray could use holes to attach weight securely with rope, straps, etc.Well pleased overall so far.
Minus 1 star for missing parts. As other reviewers have mentioned these are consistently missing pieces. Sometimes its the wheels and in my case the wheel bracket (part #5). So before you buy or walk out of the store with it ask to open it up and go through the ENTIRE parts list (there's a long list) to be sure nothing is missing. If there is, ask for another one if in stock and repeat the procedure. Perhaps these have all been used for Frankenstein parts so between the available ones you might be able to complete a set. Minus 1 star for time to assemble. I unfortunately got a 15 minutes in the the assembly when I realized a part was missing and still not half way done. This should only be a minus half star but it won't let me do that so a whole star it is. Make sure you set aside a 6 square foot space to work and lay out all the parts. there are like 50 little nuts and bolts and the bolts are in slightly differing sizes: 5/16"x3/4", 5/16"x1", 5/16"x1-1/4". So many look very similar. If you're not careful you'll have to start over switching out the bolts. Definitely have a tape measure handy.
I'm now driving the 30 minute round trip to my home depot to try and swap this out. I'll update the review with actual performance if/when I get a complete product assembled that I can use.
Cons: Limited Features, missing parts, very long assembly required