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Ohio Steel (42") Core Plug Aerator

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3.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 5
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Creates A Healthier Lawn
Allows moisture and nutrients to reach your lawn’s roots

42-Inch Coring Path
32 core points
Pulls out 8 plugs per square foot
Powder-coated steel frame

Heavy-Duty Heat-Treated Steel Tines
Resist damage from rocks and roots
Aeration depth up to 2.5 inches

Enclosed Weight Tray
Holds up to 140 pounds of additional weight if desired
Let's you increase plug depth

3/4-Inch Solid Steel Axle
10-inch pneumatic tires


Model
  Model Number:42CPA
 UPC:716504424012
 ManufacturerOhio Steel
Overview
 Assembly RequiredYes
 Weight67 Lbs. (30.39 kilograms)
 Consumer Warranty1 Year
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  1 Question
Q: Will this work with a Cub Cadet riding mower?
by Maureen Alston from Massachusetts on March 25, 2014

A: Thank you for contacting Mowers direct, you can use this aerator on your mower but I would recommend checking the towing capacity of your mower to make sure you do not do any damage to the mower itself.


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Ohio Steel 42CPA Reviews & Ratings
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Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
4/5
Value
4/5
Overall
3.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 5
Pros
Price (5)
Easy To Use (4)
Exceeded Expectations (1)
High Quality (1)
Easy To Store (1)
Cons
Low Quality (2)
Durability (2)
Better Weight Pan Wider ... (1)
Heavy (1)
Tines Need To Be Free Fr... (1)
61% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
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Total Reviews
91 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
7403 Helpful Votes
Mowers Direct Recommended

The Ohio Steel 42CPA core plug aerator easily handles aerating jobs at your home or other property. Aerating helps to reduce soil compaction, which it turn allows important nutrients to reach your lawn's roots.

The Ohio Steel 42CPA has a very simple design that aerates a 42-inch path with 32 core points. You'll pull out 8 plugs per square foot - a pattern that is ideal for helping maintain a healthy looking lawn.

The Ohio Steel 42CPA also has a lever that let's you engage and disengage... more
Jose Recommends This Model
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Landscaper
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/16/15
REVIEWED
APR.
07
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Handyman Special
If you want bullet proof, simply add angle irons to the box, replace every plastic part with cut pipe pieces to sleeve over the shaft, add a washer next to every moving part.

Now this unit is ready to abuse and can handle around 75 lbs of weight if needed. If you're not handy, spend another hundred or two for a less plastic model.
Landscaper Recommends This Ohio Steel Product
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Brian
Aurora, CO
REVIEWED
APR.
15
2015
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Cheap
This thing was very difficult to put together in the first place and then just fell apart the first day. I felt like it was a bad design and just of poor quality.
Pros: Price, Cheap
Cons: Low Quality, Unreliable, Durability, Cheap
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Denise N.
Bossier City, LA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/1/15
REVIEWED
APR.
24
2015
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
The Frame Is Very Weak
I was able to use this 1 time, and it did a great job with the core plugs. However, the frame bent on both ends and needs to be welded and repaired before it can be used again. was not a happy customer at all... poorly built
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10
Dan B.
Greenville, IN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/27/15
REVIEWED
APR.
20
2015
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Junk
Only used once and the main frame is already folding up. The only weight I have in it is 4 landscaping blocks. Don't waste your money.
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Dan,
Thank you for the review. Ohio Steel has a 1 Year warranty on this product, so if you call them they can help you with the issue you have with the unit. 1-800-652-2321
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Dennis W.
Fulton, MO
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 3/26/15
REVIEWED
APR.
16
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Compact Areator
Purchased the Ohio Steel Aerator and had a little difficulty in assembling it. Mostly related to figuring out the wheel placement for proper function but after disassembling and reassembling a few times, I finally got the hang of it.

The until requires just the right amount of weight and soil moisture to work properly but with the right combination it works really nice. Good purchase.
Dennis Recommends This Ohio Steel Product
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Doug H.
Edwardsville, IL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/16/14
Total Helpful Votes
15 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
MAY.
27
2014
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Edwardsville, Il
I purchased an Ohio Steel Tow Behind Plug Aerator Model 42CPA. The assembly was not easy but I got through it in an hour and thirty minutes with lots of lubrication to get the spools on the axle. I was able to get 80% of my yard aerated before a weld broke on one of the plug spools. I had used the aerator just under 2 hours. It took forever to get through to Customer Service at Ohio Steel, I gave the lady the part numbers I needed and received the new parts in five days. When I opened the... more
Pros: Can't Think Of One Positive Thing
Cons: Low Quality, Durability, Difficult To Assemble, Difficult To Receive Proper Replacement Parts
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Randall Vaughan
Vinita, OK
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/2/14
REVIEWED
SEP.
23
2014
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Aerator
Washers were too small on main rod and some other washers and pin missing. The clip that holds the pin in the hitch was too brittle and broke when I tried to clip it. Called customer service twice and left messages for two weeks but still haven't heard back.

Haven't used the product yet.
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Randall,
We will have someone in customer service contact you now. In the future, you can reach our customer service team during the daytime Monday-Friday at 1 (800) 837-8247.
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Dan S.
San Jose, IL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/28/14
REVIEWED
JUN.
09
2014
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Expected More Got Less.
Frustrating assembly tops it all!
Pros: Easy To Use, Price
Cons: Bad Instructions, Had To Buy Extra Washers To Offset Tines So Everything Would Fit
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Ed C.
Spokane Valley, WA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 1/22/14
REVIEWED
JUN.
24
2014
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Great Product Needs Tweaking
The tine bolts and nuts blocked the plug ejection.

The weight pan needs to be wider and the lip deeper to keep the weight from sliding off.

The opening in the tines could be wider in diameter.

Should include a pin to hold the handle when wheels should be up.
Pros: Price, Reliable
Cons: Heavy, Tines Need To Be Free From Plug Blockage, Better Weight Pan Wider And Higher Lip
Ed Recommends This Ohio Steel Product
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Gary P.
Middletown, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/11/14
REVIEWED
NOV.
03
2014
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Core Plug Aerator
It was alright but did not do as good as expected.
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Edward B.
West Allis, WI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/11/14
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
OCT.
03
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Wow!
I purchased this aerator, and I think it came in 2 days. I did turn the nuts and bolts around in the plug, that took the longest time otherwise it went together quickly. Then I aerated, and it took about 45 minutes. I'm very Happy with it! Thanks!
Edward Recommends This Ohio Steel Product
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