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Model: 42CPA
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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


Overview
Assembly Required
Yes
Weight
67 Pounds
Consumer Warranty
1 Year
UPC
716504424012
Model
42CPA
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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.


by Jose, Product Expert
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 (8)
Easy To Use (6)
Exceeded Expectations (2)
I'd Buy It Again (2)
High Quality (2)
Cons
Durability (4)
Low Quality (4)
Unreliable (3)
Had To Buy Extra Washers... (1)
Bad Instructions (1)
58% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
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Total Reviews
90 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
15233 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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Tim K.
Thompson, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/18/17
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
NOV.
10
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Quality
Solid product and would purchase again. Worked well, but plugs did not always push thru or self clean.
Pros: Price, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Tim Recommends This Ohio Steel Product
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Michael B.
Raleigh, NC
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/12/17
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
OCT.
16
2017
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Not Durable, Low Quality Design...works Good With Added Weight
There are several design flaws. I researched every brand and model prior to buying this. The primary reason I picked this model was because it has the most number of tines for the working width. I was a little concerned it may be junk, since the cost is less than other similar brands and models.

My primary issue is the plastic spacers in between the tines on the axle broke in less than two hours. There's spacers on the outside too, which they label "bearings"- what a joke, it's... more
Pros: Price, Easy To Use, number or coring tines
Cons: Low Quality, Durability, Unreliable, Poor customer service from Ohio Steel
Michael's Experience With Mowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
4/5
"Mowers Direct was very helpful answering my questions. Product arrived two days later than I was told in the email, but it arrived undamaged, so that's why I only rated 4 stars. No tax and free shipping is always a nice bonus too! I would buy from them again, just not this product."
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Kevin B.
Toledo, OH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/27/17
REVIEWED
OCT.
19
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Product!
Fast shipping and easy to put together - worked great!!
Pros: Price, Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations, I'd Buy It Again
Kevin Recommends This Ohio Steel Product
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Doug H.
Edwardsville, IL
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/16/14
Total Helpful Votes
23 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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Chris
Milford, NH
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 10/22/12
Total Reviews
4 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
29 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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191
Pat
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/31/12
Total Helpful Votes
15 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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Larry R.
Leonardtown, MD
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/27/12
Total Helpful Votes
15 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
AUG.
09
2012
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Good Aerator
Fast service. Easy assembly. Seems to do a good job for the price.

My lawn service wanted over $300 to aerate my yard one time so this seemed to be a good investment.
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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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Frank V.
Massapequa Park, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/29/13
Total Helpful Votes
11 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
10
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Worked Great
I like the unit. Just make sure you have room to store it. Assembled, it is pretty wide.
Pros: Easy To Use, Price
Frank Recommends This Ohio Steel Product
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110
Randall Vaughan
Vinita, OK
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 9/2/14
Total Helpful Votes
11 Helpful Votes
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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Steve
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/21/14
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
14 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
APR.
24
2014
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Overall Pretty Good But Flimsy Tray.
I just received my aerator yesterday and assembled it last night. Overall it seems like a decent unit. The only major glaring issue I see is how much flex the top tray has with the wheels down (tines up). When you lift the tongue and push forward or back, the whole top tray flexes. It's almost like there's a support that is missing. The top tray and side pieces came pre-assembled and it appeared to be complete. I'm going to get a couple pieces of "L" iron and weld across the top... more
Steve Recommends This Ohio Steel Product
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