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 product80 of 82reviews
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.
Brought it home and it took about an hour and a half to put together. Read the directions carefully and follow them exactly or it will come out backwards (ie. don't insert the axle from the left (even though it will go in from either side) instead of the right). Some pre-assembly from the factory would be nice and speed up assembly. If you have a cordless drill and a 1/2" nut driver the assembly will go much quicker. The aerator works with the two 60lb bags of sand I bought to go with it. I would purchase at least 150bls and water the lawn/wait for rain before use. De-thatching the lawn will also help the tines penetrate the ground. It pulled some 1-3" plugs, the deepest coming from the areas I used a thatch rake on. Im sure another bag or two of sand would have helped pull deeper plugs over the whole lawn. In summary, it works great, just make sure you have enough weight and the lawn is wet enough!
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.
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.
As stated on several reviews it took a bit of time to assemble, but the assembly was pretty easy, check the number of wrenches you have as two of each required size is handy (an adjustable slide wrench worked ok for me on the other end). I saw a few reviews about it tearing up the lawn when you turn, but have concluded they may have been driving too fast or perhaps working in wet conditions. I waited for a good rain, then gave it a couple days to dry out a bit, drove around in circles for about an hour and had poked a tremendous amount of plugs in the lawn. Pretty much solid clay in Missouri. Worked great (more so if your lawn has room to turn around). Can be a bit more trouble than the rental walk behind models in tight spaces, lifting / dropping it without tripping the safety kill switch on my mower if out of the seat, but this really wasn't too bad either. For reference my lot is irregular size / small in front as it is on a culdesac. Compared to renting, by the time I pick up a rental, get it home and return it, I can have the aeration completed. Will definitely aerate at least twice a year now.
The aerator works perfectly with three 4x8x12 concrete blocks for weight. I tow it behind an 11.5 HP Troy-Bilt Pony, 30" mower and it works flawlessly. I could barely tell I was towing an aerator. I have pretty hard soil when dry, so I had to wait for a rain before trying it out. After a 1/4" rainfall, the soil was damp enough and the tines penetrated the soil to their full depth and the aerator did not bounce across the top of the ground like my older aerator did. There are six very strong tines and three separate shafts that the tines are mounted to. This makes for fairly easy turning without the worry of bending the tines. Anyone with a smaller to medium size riding mower with a hitch plate should find this an exceptional accessory and one they won't regret buying.
Pros: Easy to Use, Sturdy, Good Size & Weight, Durable
overall, it is a good product. contrary to some reports, it was not all that difficult to build. a socket set is a must, though. I've only used it once and it worked some of the time. the turf has to be moist enough for the tines to penetrate, but not so much that it is a muddy mess. hit and miss with my lawn. we'll see, over time, if it is rugged enough for my small yard. and my neighbor's, and his brother's, and his uncle's, etc.... oh, storing it in a shed is a must to stop any rusting. but it takes up a bit of space. and the tires aren't the ones advertised.
Pros: Easy to Use, not too expensive, arrived quickly
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.
Like other posters, It took me 2 hours to assemble the aerator. I agree with one other poster who suggested the tines should come assembled. That would speed things up considerably. In order to engage and disengage the pluggers you will need to dismount the Lawn Mower to do so. Other than that, it plugs the soil very well. After having to rent a walk behind aerator the last couple of years, this is a much better way to go.
This item is good for the price. Surprisingly sturdy and penetrates the ground pretty good as long as you have adequate weight in the weight tray. Most of the reviews I read before purchasing this item were all promising about the use of it. The problem that was consistent in most reviews was the fact that the assembly process was long. Its not that bad. Borrow some air tools or find someone that has ratchet wrenches (1/2 in.) and you will be done in no time. Who cares how long it takes to put it together as long as it gets put together. Mine was only missing one part and that was the slip pin that keeps the main pin from coming out. Nothing a little baling wire wouldn't fix but I put a pin in it because I just happen to have one. Blah Blah....If you want to aerate your yard, this is a good prouduct to do it with. I wouild recommend this product to anyone.
Aerator does the job. It takes a while to put together, but it's good quality. I traded renting at $80/day, vs storing this aerator and being able to use it once a year. I decided it was worth having to store the machine. It works well, and is good value.