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A couple of weeks ago I picked up one of these. The best price I found was Northern Tool. It was backordered for a while, but I wasn't in a hurry. I got the 60" model, but there is a 48" model.

Can also be bought from TSC also here

After aquiring, I spent some time and extra money on pieces and parts from TSC to make it i-Match compatible. It's not quite perfect yet, but it worked for my first real use this weekend. I'm not real experienced with any other aerators, other than the cheap one that Lowes sells that basically just pokes the tip of a knife in your yard. Something like this.

With that said, I'm pretty happy with this one. I live on a hill and as you go down the hill the layers of soil change from sand, to clay, to some more decent soil types. The clay packed in some of the tines so it made it less effective, but it wasn't all of the tines. I cleaned them all out afterwards so it will be ready to go next time. Here's some pictures.

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I want to add

1) each set of tines spins on it's own so making turns without lifting the aerator shouldn't be an issue. In my experience, minor changes in direction weren't an issue, but making a 180 degree turn to go to the next line caused some noises that I didn't like so I started lifting it for even 90 degree turns.

2) Each set of tines has it's own Zerk grease fitting and I don't think it was shipped with any grease at all.

I'll probably add more later as I think of things.
 

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Ok, I'll bite...what did you have you do to make it i-Match compatible, how much was involved? I will need something like in the future to help out my sorry lawn.
Basically, the 3-pt hookups that come on the aerator don't line up with the i-Match hooks. You can't even get two of them to line up. So, I chose to use one of the (the bottom right) with just a Cat 2-3 adapter. This meant I had to move the other two points over to the left (from this perspective). For the bottom left I found a Cat 1 bolt-on pin that was long enough and used a Cat 1-2, and a 2-3 adapter. For the top I found the long Cat 1 pin that went all the way through and used a Cat 1-2, and a 2-3 adapter.

I bought all these parts in-stock at my local Tractor Supply (TSC).

I think what I need now is some washer or something to make sure the adapters stay where they're supposed to in order to line up with the i-Match.

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Would you be able to get a side shot of the spoons?
I am wondering if they are straight or slightly curved.

I am going to be in the market for an aerator, and would prefer this one, if the spoons are right, as it seems a much better option than the cheapies sold at Lowes/Home Depot/etc.



Also, not having one in front of me, it appears the lower attachment points are too close together. Is that the only issue youve found with mounting?
Id assume that someone with a welder could make fairly quick work of fixing this issue, which Id do if I buy one, as its a small/easy fix, and not something that would concern me too much or dissuade me from buying.
 

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Nice review. Was looking forward to hearing about this unit. 2 questions......

1. What was the condition of you yard when you aerated? Was it wet, saturated, dry, etc?

2. How much extra weight did you have to use to pull decent plugs? The unit itself didn't seem very heavy when I was looking at them and I was curious because my lawn takes quite a bit of weight on an aerator to pull decent plugs

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Would you be able to get a side shot of the spoons?
I am wondering if they are straight or slightly curved.

I am going to be in the market for an aerator, and would prefer this one, if the spoons are right, as it seems a much better option than the cheapies sold at Lowes/Home Depot/etc.



Also, not having one in front of me, it appears the lower attachment points are too close together. Is that the only issue youve found with mounting?
Id assume that someone with a welder could make fairly quick work of fixing this issue, which Id do if I buy one, as its a small/easy fix, and not something that would concern me too much or dissuade me from buying.
Are the spoons the parts that pentrate the ground? I usually see them referred to as tines. If we're talking about the same thing, they're straight..like a pipe was cut and then modified with the openings. I'll try to get a picture next time I'm out by it.
 

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Nice review. Was looking forward to hearing about this unit. 2 questions......

1. What was the condition of you yard when you aerated? Was it wet, saturated, dry, etc?

2. How much extra weight did you have to use to pull decent plugs? The unit itself didn't seem very heavy when I was looking at them and I was curious because my lawn takes quite a bit of weight on an aerator to pull decent plugs

Thanks
We've been getting our afternoon/evening storms here in South Carolina nearly every day. I think it had rained the night before, and there was some moisture in the soil, but from the top layer it and felt dry. I have bare spots that are hard packed clay and the tines seemed to push right in. There's more than just downward (weight) forces at play. As you're moving forward the tine usually hits the ground at an angle (60 degrees?) and then as you continue forward it pushes in and then down.

I had four and a half cinder blocks plus two other landscaping bricks, and a few random queen bricks (typical house bricks)...so a cinder block is about 30 lbs x 4.5 = 135 lbs + maybe another 40 lbs from the other masonry. So, the shipping weight of the 60" aerator is 264 lbs so call it 250 lbs out of the box and I was at around 425 lbs.

One problem I had, which would probably be with any aerator was the uneven ground...as one set of tines reached it's maximum depth, another set may be barely touching. So, it may be best to go over twice, once in one direction and again offset 90 degrees.
 
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