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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98%of customersrecommend this product79 of 81reviews
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98%of customersrecommend this product79 of 81reviews
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.
I purchased mine in the local store; $1 more than online and they were the only ones to have it in stock. Still it was priced below everyone else except one retailer that was sold out.
The aerator is build very similar to the ones sold at other stores, their price was better than most of the other brands, but more important they actually had them in stock and for sale. Assembly is required and takes about 1-1.5 hours. You will also need two large adjustable wrenches or 15/16 open ended wrenches - this is written on the box but I didn't notice until I got home and realized I only had one wrench that size.
Purchased online and delivered to the door. Assembly required 2 hrs. The directions were all pictures. Perfect for the people (like me) who would rather see it and build it. The tines assembly are extremely time consuming. The handle to engage the unit is positioned too far and is not accessible to the operator sitting on the tractor which makes it difficult to disengage when crossing walkways, driveways, etc. This is the only problem encountered as the aerator created the perfect plugs.
Although assembly took about 1-1/2 hours, high quality parts, the spreader works exceptionally well. Since I use it in hard NC clay, I put 4 4x8x16 blocks on it for weight and was very pleased with the plug holes... now if they just make a spreader of the same quality... would recommend this over all the others I researched in this price range.
Lots of the reviews said it took along time to put together, it took me around 40 minutes. I just used an air ratchet and that made the process go faster. The unit itself works fine, I wish the plugs were a little wider, but I would buy again.
The product is supplied with good directions and material. The manner in which the wheels are fixed could be improved. The aerator does what it is supposed to at a very reasonable price. The only warning that I would give to people is that they have at least 100 lbs to add to the top to ensure the spikes go all the way down. 60-80 lbs just didn't cut it for me.
This aerator is more solid than the picture would appear. Works well with the right amount of weight in the tray. The only drawback was the assembly (which took 2 hrs.) I had no missing pieces and the instructions were adequate. Overall good purchase.
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Review 9 for 40 in. Tow-Behind Plug Aerator
PostedJuly 26, 2011
Bought it from a local store. Put it together in about 1/2 hour with my air tools (I used to be a mechanic) only to find two of the aeration spoons missing! A call to the customer service line (no way was I returning this after spending all that time putting it together) netted me two new spoons about a week later.
Weighed it down with a few sandbags and tried it today.
It works fine. The main issue is the axle flexing upwards about an inch in the center which causes the center tines to be less effective. This is remedied by more passes over the area.
I was aerating rather hard soil (glacial till) and none of the tines showed any signs of bending or dulling even after running over several large rocks.
I understand why it takes 2 hrs. to assemble the unit, but it's not that difficult, and the instructions are easy to follow. Unfortunately, the shipping packaging is inadequate, therefore a significan part (the axle) was missing. One e-mail and/or phone call and the part was mailed the following business day. Unfortunately, I discovered the missing part at 5:15 on Friday (they close at 5), but customer service responded to me the first thing on Monday morning. Nicely done.
This unit works very well, my only suggestion is to make sure that you make wide turns. Short turns put understandable sideways torque on the inside posts so that part will likely be the first point of failure.
By owning my own aerator (versus trying to rent when all the rentals are gone during peak season), I look forward to aerating 2x/year and creating a lush lawn that you'll all be proud of.
Now, I have my eye on a tow-behind de-thatcher! When's Christmas?
I bought the 40" model of this aerator and was frustrated at first because it was missing 26 different little parts (nuts, bolts, etc.). I called customer service and they got the parts to me in about a week. Assembly was easy. I put sand bags in the tray for weight (about 120lbs) and it's working exactly as advertised. I really like it---just be sure to COUNT all the little parts before you start assembly.
Worked very well in our Houston soil. Highly recommend using an air tool to put this together since there are MANY nuts and bolts to it and using a hand ratchet could mean a long assembly time. Very effective at what it does and tolerated hitting the concrete and a few tree roots here and there. Highly recommend!
Yes, you have to assemble it, but it's not that hard. My lawn is almost nothing but clay. I watered it so that the top 1" was moist but not muddy. Used 5 - 4x8x16" blocks in the tray for weight, and it pulled plugs about one and a half inches deep. I have a Sears lawn tractor with a 24 HP motor and it pulled it with no problem. Very happy with the product.
Easy to assemble (with power tools - about 45 minutes) and even easier to use. Does what it is supposed to do if your soil is soft or damp. On my lawn I have noticed that it will "tear" some strips of sod out of the ground instead of just plugs if you turn too sharp. My only complaint is that the dimensions of the weight tray will not accommodate standard cinder blocks in any useful configuration. Overall, great product!
Does what it says it will do. Assembly is not that difficult and instructions are straight forward. Watch the direction in which you thread the axil. Had to turn mine around, but still only took about an hour. No missing parts. Quality is good and should last a while with a little care. Holds plenty of weight.
I've used this aerator originaly to make some money in Atlanta. Used it to plug about 10 yards a weekend (about 60 times a year). Moved north and still use it 2 times a year and do about 4 yards. Only parts needed were new tines as I wore out the first set after 6 years. It is kept in a garage when not in use. It is 14 years old and still going strong.