FLEX™ Plug Aerator
FLEX™ Plug Aerator
- 28-inch operating width
- 12-gauge galvanized steel plug spoons to extract soil plugs
Rated 3 out of 5 by raphaelmaz from Flex aerator Over all , I believe the functionality of the Flex based system vis a vis the cost is an excellent proposition. My particular criticism, or suggestions, is that the plug aerator could have been a bit better designed. Specifically, the aerator requies great effort to use.In order to operate the aerator, one must lift the front end of the aerator at every turn, and whenever transitioning between different patches of grass. With 50 or 60 pounds of weigh up front, this can be exhausting when doing a large lot. A lever provision to elevate the tines when needed is imperative. Also, one other suggestion, make the throttle control a lot more refined so that the aerator does not 'jump' when engaging the drive. I have found the base to be a very reliable engine that starts with just one pull. My suggestion is much the same as that of others. Please, Troy, take note and act accordingly.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by fasd1 from Plug Aerator I used this implement for the first time last month. I added about 60 lbs. to the weight platform and used it when the soil was damp. The plugs produced were about 1 ½” to 2" in length. The space saving Flex concept allows me to have the aerator, without the footprint of a purpose built machine.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by averageconsumer from Use on damp lawn for best results Although I plan to aerate and over-seed in the fall, I used this product upon purchasing to learn its finer points. First, I used 3 standard-sized cinder blocks on the weight tray. Initially, I secured them with bungee hooks, but since have switched to appliance straps (able to be securely tightened--less play compared to the bungees). I made a few passes on dry grass, and was able to produce 1" plugs. Rain was in the forecast, so I stopped and went back out after a steady rain--much better results and was able to produce 2" plugs that disintegrated within 2 weeks/2 cuts. I have it stored in my shed, resting on its spoons, but as per another reviewer's suggestion, I will look to raise the tines off the floor of the shed by resting the tray on something, or making a kick stand of sorts. I will know more detailed effects of the aeration (and dethatching--also a great attachment) next season, but the quality of my lawn has been steadily increasing from one season to the next--aeration will hopefully become a beneficial component of my program.
Date published: 2016-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by HuskerPower from Flex Aerator I've wanted to own an aerator for a few years, but I could never justify spending that kind of money on something that I would only use twice per year. My eyes lit up when I saw the Flex system at Lowes with an aerator attachment at a reasonable price. After researching the Troy-Bilt Flex system for a couple of weeks, I decided that I would purchase the base and the aerator to start with. I wanted to test the quality and ease of use before I dive into purchasing other attachments. Last weekend I finally got to test it out. The first time I started it, it fired up on the 4th pull. Every time after that, it started on the first pull. Just as I read in a few other reviews, the throttle was a bit jumpy, but it got easier to handle as I got more used to it. I started with 25 lbs on the tray for my first pass in the yard. It was ok at that weight, but the plugs weren't quite as long as I wanted, so I added another 25 lbs. There was a noticeable difference in the plugs, so just as another poster said, 50 lbs seems to be a good weight. Also, another minor complaint, just as others have made, I wish it could sit without the spoons on the ground. Since the aerator is the only attachment that I have, I just as soon would have liked to have left it hooked up to the power base, but that put way too much pressure on the spoons, even on a couple layers of cardboard. Maybe if I took the 50lbs off of the tray it would have been fine. Overall, I'm extremely pleased with my purchase. By next summer, there is a good chance that I will have 2 more attachments, the mower and snowblower!
Date published: 2016-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by RONN from Great product! I have a 3/8 acre lot and have rented plug aerators in the past. This unit cost about 3-4 rentals, and I don't need to lift it or rent a trailer. I will now aerate more often (2-3x/yr) instead of once a season. The unit performed beyond expectations. It produced a nice 2" plug in my clay soil and thick bluegrass. I found it easier to handle than rentals due to better balance. I was using 50-55 lbs of weight, and will experiment with less on my next uses. I suggest you develop a simple "kickstand" or resting device as I do not like to have the spoons rest on the concrete floor when the unit is not attached. This could be a simple "foot" that swings down to keep the spoons about 1/2 inch off the floor. Overall (I have the base, mower, snow blower, power washer and aerator) the FLEX system is great! (When is the generator coming!!!) Thanks!
Date published: 2016-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by kevo from Nice equipment Easy Brought the flex base and aerator. simple to put together. I find that the spoons rest on the floor so I used the card board packing block that came inside of the aerator box to sit it on after use so it will not set on the floor to reserve the spoons. It would be nice if Troy-Bilt had place a lowering lever like that of the mower attachment with built in weight. Also could have provided a courtesy set of straps for weight tray.
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by HappyYardsman from AERATOR REALLY WORKS The Flex Plug Aerator really works, both the ground and myself. I've used this aerator a few times now and found 50 pounds of weight on the tray to be the optimum to extract 2 to 3 inch plugs (only after a good watering to soften the ground). The weight on the tray does lend the unit to give the operator a work out lifting and holding it up in the air while turning and while moving over hard surfaces to go from one grassy area to the next passing over sidewalks, driveways, etc. I think it would be great if the manufacturer would make an option on the aerator unit that would operate by lever to lower and raise a set of 2 inch wheels to raise and lower the aerator tines off the ground while leaving the aerator being powered by the base unit, thus the operator not having to manually suspend it while moving it over hard surfaces. Such an option would also make it easier for storage to keep the tines from resting on the hard surface. Come on Troy-Bilt, I've been using your products for over 20 years now and I think your idea of Flex attachments is excellent, so how about making it even better now with my recommendation herein?
Date published: 2016-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by VegaTX from Cost cutting and lawn improving I have a ¼ acre lot and currently own the mower attachment for the flex and now I own the plug aerator. This was an easy purchase given the cost of paying a service or renting a unit year over year and really provides the ability to perform this more than once a year. I have already utilized this attachment to aerate my front yard and overall I am pleased with the performance on my clay soil. The unit has paid for itself after just this first use so anything further is already saving me money. The cores appear to be equivalent to what was pulled out by the service I hired last year which was nice to see. The weight tray is a must in order to get decent cores from the ground and in my case I am pretty much at the recommended maximum weight. The unit overall isn’t hard to operate but it really can be a workout as to maneuver it you have to lift the tines out of the ground. The unit never caught or stopped while in use but could have been a little faster I think overall but that is a power base thing. I would have liked to see straps included with the weight tray as I had to rig something up with bungie cords initially until I can get to the store and buy some straps. I would have also liked it to have either retractable front wheels or fixed wheel with an adjustable tine system as most purpose built plug aerators have. To keep from damaging the tines I keep them lifted off the ground when moving over concrete and rest it on a few layers of cardboard when not in use. As I said overall I am pleased with its performance and cost and look forward to seeing my lawn improve from its use given the sorry state of sod and soil I received from my builder.
Date published: 2016-04-27
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