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blownalcohol
09-01-2012, 05:28 PM
I am needing a tow behind plug aerator for home use only. I do not want to spend over $500 on an aerator.
If the yard tuff does not look like a decent aerator, help me choose one.

here is a link to the yard tuff 36" plug aerator
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200418178_200418178

here is a link to help me choose a different aerator.
http://www.agrisupply.com/

blownalcohol
09-02-2012, 06:34 PM
bump for another look.
I have never used an aerator. I would like to know if this looks like it will do a decent job, oe should I look for another aerator?

ed2hess
09-02-2012, 08:05 PM
Try to search there was a lot of stuff a few months ago and there is a advertisement when you search on aerator.

seabee003
09-05-2012, 04:42 PM
bump for another look.
I have never used an aerator. I would like to know if this looks like it will do a decent job, oe should I look for another aerator?

I would look for another aerator as the one in the picture you highlighted has two potential problems. First, the tines need to be able to rotate in 3 or 4 seperate groups to avoid tearing up the turf on turns. Second, you need to be able to lift the tines to cross sidewalks etc.

Brinly-Hardy makes a 40 in (24 tine) and a 48 in (32 tine) model. Both available at Home DePot for under $200.

http://www.homedepot.com/Outdoors-Outdoor-Power-Equipment-Riding-Mower-Tractor-Attachments-Aerators/h_d1/N-bx8wZ5yc1v/h_d2/Navigation?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053&searchNav=true

You should be able to pull either of these behind a standard lawn tractor (as long as you don't have large hills).

I have been using a 40 in (28 tine) John Deere aerator since 1999. It is the same design as the Brinly-Hardy but heavier duty. It cost about twice as much but I believed that the heavier construction would help me as I have several steep hilly areas to aerate. I usually use 3 to 4 40 lb bags of inexpensive topsoil held in the tray with bungee cords as weights.

Unless you have hills or large areas of lawn to cover, I would think the Brinly-Hardy models would suffice for home owner use. Another advantage of the Brinly-Hardy models is that they are still made in the USA.