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 product104 of 108reviews
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96%of customersrecommend this product104 of 108reviews
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
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!
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
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 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.
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.
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
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.
Don't try to buy one of these at the stores or online during peak arerating season. Assembly was easy, I used an air rachet. I pulled it with a small zero turn Toro with no problems. Yard size is one acre. Oil it up before you use it so you don't tear up the nylon bushings. I bought four 4x8x16 concrete blocks but I think you can come up with something better than that for the odd shaped weight tray. Worked very well, pulled good plugs. Don't forget the grass seed. Be careful going around trees. For the price it's a good buy.
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.
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.
This unit impressed me right out of the box. Everything seemed heavy duty and the metal was heavy gauge Putting it together was a bit tedious and took around 1 1/2 hours total. That included time spent figuring out the pictures only directions. The 40 incher doesn't use a washer with every bolt, so make sure that you use them where indicated only. I used a couple of 50 lb sandbags for additional weight and they fit into the tray perfectly and never moved even going up and down the hills on my property. It was mostly dry for several weeks prior to my purchase so the soil was hard. It rained about 1/2 inch over 2 days, so on the 3rd day I tried the aerator. In areas where the soil was moist, it worked very, very well. On areas that were drier such as under oak trees, it worked, but didn't go very deep. Upon taking a closer look, the spoons penetrated down to dry, compacted soil and stopped. Another 50 lbs.weight may have helped a bit, but more moist soil would do it for sure. I will repeat the aeration in the spring when the soil is much softer in these areas. Overall I'm very happy with the quality and effectiveness of the aerator and recommend it. I was pulling it with a heavy duty 1977 John Deere 210, 10 HP garden tractor without effort.
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.
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.
I'm fighting a crabgrass problem. The grass growing guys said overseed a grass that doesn't go dormant in late summer. So I needed a plug aerator to drill thousands of holes for the seed and fertilizer. This is a great aerator for a pull behind application. Easy to assembly, sturdy, and works very well. Simple to use. For deeper plugs, just add concrete blocks to the weight box. For shallow plugs take some weight off. It's November in Ohio now, and the neighbors ask why our lawn looks so good.