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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


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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
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)
High Quality (1)
Cheap (1)
Exceeded Expectations (1)
Cons
Low Quality (3)
Durability (3)
Unreliable (2)
Bad Instructions (1)
Cheap (1)
60% 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
11040 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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James G.
Chassell, MI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/4/15
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
MAY.
25
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Aerator Performance
Exceptional - Very Durable!

When I first pulled it across the hard dry lawn a number of the points did not penetrate very well - Yet there was no damage! Once we had the next rain the points penetrated quite well and I'm sure the grass will be taking oxygen, water and fertilizer much better than before we had purchased the Ohio Steel from Mowers Direct!

I was very surprised at how well the aerator tracked and was able to maneuver so well around tight turns when I used the unit for the... more
James Recommends This Ohio Steel Product
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Steve
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/21/14
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
14 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
MAY.
30
2015
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Junk!
Purchased new in April 2014. Claims 140lb weight capacity. First time I used it with 110lbs of weight, the bearings that separate the tine assemblies ground smooth allowing the assemblies to move side to side on the axle and collide. The bearings are PVC! So I contacted Ohio steel and they sent new ones.

Took all apart and replaced them. Used it today for only the second time, this time with about 100lbs of weight. Did my whole yard (1 acre) and as I was finishing, the tine assemblies... more
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Steve,
I am sorry to hear you are dissatisfied with the Ohio Steel Core Plug Aerator you purchased. I will let Ohio Steel know the unit does not work efficiently with the weight load it lists it is rated for. I appreciate your review and apologize once again for this not working as you intended.
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Jensen J.
West Richland, WA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/12/15
REVIEWED
OCT.
13
2015
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Get A Different One
It came.with a piece missing. Ohio Steel sent it out, and used it the next weekend. Put 140lbs on it, broke a spindle within an hour and destroyed another PLASTIC spacer in the process. Upon further inspection, the upper plater is twisted and both wheels are badly bent. I paid $180 for piece of equipment I only got one use out of. I won't ever buy Ohio Steel again.
Cons: Low Quality, Durability, Unreliable, Packaging
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Jensen,
Sorry to hear that the product is not working correctly, I would recommend calling Ohio Steel directly since this product still has a warranty they will cover it as a defect. If you need help getting in contact with them please let us know and we can call them on your behalf.
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Jim V.
Piedmont, SC
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/18/15
REVIEWED
JUN.
09
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Works Great Bit Came With Wrong Manual.
Aereator came with wrong manual so putting it together was a challenge. Tried to email supplier but got no reply from them.

Used approx 130 lbs of weight after good rain on my yard and it did a great job.
Jim Recommends This Ohio Steel Product
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James H.
Downingtown, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/2/15
REVIEWED
DEC.
08
2015
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Damaged Product
The product arrived damaged with dents and scratch paint. Since this piece of equipment is meant for yard work, returning the product because of the damaged was not worth the effort.

The assembly processes was OK but a little tweaking on the length of the plastic bushings was required. I expected a better product to be delivered from this company.
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Earl V.
Clarksville, TN
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/12/15
REVIEWED
MAY.
04
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Products
Bought this, and it worked fine. I'm well pleased. I bought a 46 inch snow blade for winter as I am in my 70s. I got too old for shovels.

Assembled both products I bought there myself. I'm well pleased with both. It was no trouble putting together.

If in the future I need anything else, I will buy it there. Great products.
Earl Recommends This Ohio Steel Product
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Michael P.
Gibsonia, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/29/15
REVIEWED
NOV.
07
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Satisfied But Squeaks
The aerator works well but there is a squeaker big noise from the wheels. There aren't any fittings to grease. I'm going to try and take apart the wheels and try to grease them
Michael Recommends This Ohio Steel Product
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Doug H.
Edwardsville, IL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/16/14
Total Helpful Votes
20 Helpful Votes
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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200
Chris
Milford, NH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/22/12
Total Reviews
4 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
27 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
OCT.
26
2012
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Works Great, Assembly Wasn't Easy
The plastic spacers that separate the tines were very tight on the axle, making it difficult to assemble. It took some creative thinking, a 5 lb sledge, and some serious elbow grease to get this thing together.

That being said, it is well constructed after it's together and does the job well. I recommend at least 3 cinder blocks for weight as the tines need that little extra push into the ground.
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Howard S.
Beaver Dam, WI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/8/13
Total Helpful Votes
12 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
SEP.
12
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Assembly
The unit came with the tines assembled to the hubs with the nuts located on the inside of the tines thus partially blocking the exit for the cores. This caused some plugging of the tines but by reversing the direction of the bolts so that the heads were on the inside of the tines this problem was eliminated.
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Price, Easy To Store
Howard Recommends This Ohio Steel Product
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120
Pat
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/31/12
Total Helpful Votes
12 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
SEP.
25
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Company
I had a problem with a bent part. I filled out the online form and received the part in about 3 days.

I like the product and would buy an Ohio Steel product anytime.
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