DR Lawn Aerator

DR Lawn Aerator

8.00 FPT, Electric-Start

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DR Lawn Aerator

8.00 FPT, Electric-Start

SKU: AER3080BEN

Take your lawn to the next level with regular aeration. The DR is a pro-style coring aerator, that pulls 2-3" plugs to channel moisture and nutrients to the roots.

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Overview
7 proven tips for lawncare

Here's how aeration fits into an optimal lawn care program:

1. Aerate twice a year!

Frequency may vary depending on soil, grass type, and climate. But in most areas, core aerating twice a year is one of the best things you can do for your lawn.

2. Mow with sharp blades.

Dull blades tear your grass, making it more vulnerable to disease. Obey the "one-third rule."

3. Don't cut more than a third of the grass' height at a time.

Mowing short makes for a tidy look, but the lower you mow, the more herbicides and water are needed. Mowing higher encourgages roots to grow deeper.

4. Water deeply, but infrequently.

Overwatering promotes thatch, encourages shallow root growth, and wastes water. About 1" per watering is a good rule of thumb (put out a tuna can and sprinke until it's full). Frequency: when footprints on the grass remain compressed it's time to water again. Daily watering is rarely necessary.

5. Mulch, don't bag.

Not only does this save effort on your part, it returns valuable nitrogen and other nutrients to your lawn.

6. Go easy on the fertilizer!

Not all homeowners fertilize, but those who do have a strong tendency to overdo it. Fertilizer stimulates fast growth, thatch and the need for more mowing, which you don't want (after all, the goal is to have a beautiful and heathy lawn, not to create an arduous lawncare regimen!). And too much fertilizer just runs off, washing into streams and lakes.

7. Stay on top of the weeds.

This doesn't necessarily mean using chemicals. Thick, healthy turf, once established, will tend to choke out weeds. If you only have the odd weed poking through, pull it by hand. And don't jump to full area treatments if you only have a few spot problems.

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CAST IRON CRANKSHAFT

The cast-iron crankshaft synchronizes the tines. Each tine is precisely angled to cleanly extract a 5/8" diameter plug of soil and automatically eject it. The tines literally "walk" the machine across your lawn.

 
Plug aerator removes cores for a healthy lawn

How can a coring aerator build turf and lead to a greener lawn?

Aeration is an important piece of a superior lawn maintenance program, and the one that is most often neglected. Coring reduces compaction—the primary obstacle to healthy grass—allowing your lawn to breathe, absorb water and nutrients, and extend its root system.


DR Lawn Aerator parts and accessories
Features
Extended-life engine on a DR core aerator

EXTENDED-LIFE ENGINE

The 205cc Briggs & Stratton OHV engine provides 8 Ft-lbs Torque to the cam shaft drive. These engines are manufactured for extended life and smooth operation on the first start and the 500th.

 
Turf tread tires on a DR core aerator

GENTLE TURF TIRES

Steel rims and solid rubber tires provide necessary traction without leaving behind treadmarks. Because self-propelled drive comes from the cams themselves these tires can be smoother than on ordinary outdoor power equipment. The result is a neater looking lawn after aeration.

 
Self-propel on the DR core aerator

SELF-PROPELLED

The DR Lawn Aerator sets a comfortable pace moving at 2.5mph as soon as you engage the bail handle. Power from the engine is focused on the unique cam engine that propels the unit and drives the coring tubes. Manuevarability is easier than larger industrial units.

Specs

Aeration

Core Depth up to 2.75"
Number of Tines 3
Core Spacing 4"
Tine Position Lever to Raise Tines for Transport/Storage
Tine Engage Operator Presence Bail Bar
Core Punch End 7/8" diameter x 4 7/8" long
Crank Body Heavy duty cast iron w/ replacement core-punch ends

Dimensions

Length 64"
Width 22"
Height 39"
Weight 196 lbs

Engine

Starting Type Electric
Ft Lbs Torque 8.00
Displacement 205 cc
Number Of Cylinders 1
Air Filter Dual-Element
Oil Capacity 20 oz
Lubrication Splash
Gearbox Ratio 6:1

Fuel System

Fuel Capacity 2.9 qt

General

CARB Certified Yes
Speed 2.5 mph

Material

Frame .11" thick welded steel frame

Warranty

Machine Warranty 2 years residental; 90 days commercial
Engine Warranty 2 years residental; 1 year commercial

Wheels Tires

Number of Tires 4
Tire Size 10" diameter
Tread Rubber
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Awesome product
Posted by: Marion B. from WINSTON, GA on 10/25/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
The aerator was built very durable with commercial like Qualities. I used it shortly after it rained and it left nice deep plugs. Note that the gas flow valve can be tricky. Remember, with the valve switch in the 6 and 12 o'clock position is OFF and 9 and 3 o'clock is ON and you won't have any problems. I took the liberty of marking mine since it's will not be used on a daily basis.
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Great value, so far!
Posted by: Tim C. from Troy, NY on 06/24/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
Used it once already and it did a fine job...nice cores pulled out and dispersed over my lawn, much easier to handle than the commercial grade ones I've rented previously. My only concern will be durability, as I have no experience with any DR equipment.
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Works as advertised
Posted by: Phil S. from Wichita, KS on 10/18/2017
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Easy to assemble and use. More manageable than other aerators I have used in the past that you have to manhandle or shake you to pieces. Pretty smooth to operate and does a great job with pulling 2.5" deep plugs appx. Overall a good piece of equipment. Electric start is a nice feature as well.
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Love it!!
Posted by: SCOTT P. from Jackson, WI on 05/10/2017
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This machine does a great job!!! It pulls super deep plugs and is very easy to maneuver around.......... If you are a "Lawn care nut" and sick and tired of renting a machine twice a year that kicks your butt, buy this machine!!! You will not be disappointed.
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Lawn Aerator
Posted by: Kenneth W. from Castroville, TX on 03/27/2017
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
The Lawn Aerator worked great. Did the job, but a few changes can be made in the operation of the tine lever. The pin that holds the cable is too long and if you don't watch it when you lift the tines they reengage by themselves which can be dangerous. It can be a simple fix.
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I like it!
Posted by: RICHARD C. from INDIANAPOLIS, IN on 10/21/2016
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The electric-start is nice on a long afternoon.
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DR Lawn Aerator
Posted by: JEFFERY S. from YUBA CITY, CA on 11/25/2014
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Couldn't wait to use it after I got it home. This is the perfect lawn aerator for residential use.
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SUPER MEAN MACHINE!!!
Posted by: TIMOTHY B. from THORNTON, CO on 05/03/2014
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I LOVE THIS MACHINE, THE LAWN CARE PEOPLE CAN EAT THIER HEARTS OUT. I AM SO GLAD I BOUGHT THIS AERATOR, MY MOM LOVES IT ASWELL. WORKS BETTER THAN ADVERTISED!!! A++++. MY FRIENDS , FAMILY AND NEIGHBORS WILL GET THE HOOKUP WITH MY NEW AERATOR!!! GREAT JOB ON THIS MACHINE DR.. NOW ALL I NEED IS A POWER LAWN DETHATCHER (POWER RAKE) AND I HOPE DR WILL MAKE ONE SOON!!!!
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Great for the homeowner.
Posted by: poolwoman from Virginia on 09/02/2013
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
I have always been diligent about aerating my lawn, but as I age, the rental machines seem to get the best of me as they are heavy, quick, and hard to manage in small areas. I had been searching to buy a small one for private use and came across the DR one. I have used it four times and enjoy using it because you can take your time--it is a little slow, but very manageable. It is quite heavy when moving it across terrain or areas not aerating.
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runs well, aeration looks good
Posted by: pfs99 from Maryland on 07/24/2013
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Have used only once so far-set up easy, runs well, aerates well.
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Works well
Posted by: PARlawn from California on 07/04/2013
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
I have had this Aerator for 2 weeks and after the second lawn I Aerated, the cable that raises and lowers the tines broke at the eyelet that attaches to the bolt under the cam cover. The most used feature on the unit seems to have the weakest part. At the handle that you use to raise the tines, the aluminum cotter pin and bolt also broke. Also the rubber gate at the back of the unit that breaks up the plugs needs to have bigger washers to hold it in place because after the first pass of my first aerating job the gate pulled itself away from the unit and tore the bolts through the holes of the gate. The customer service was friendly and they were right on top of things and shipped out the replacement parts ASAP, and they arived quickly and at no cost! After I fixed these problems I went ahead and Aerated 10 more lawns. This is one tough machine, I would like to see those small but improtant listed issues upgraded, I have recommended this machine to my other gardening friends and home owners. I'm sure I will be back !
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Works great once you tame it
Posted by: woodyw from Montana on 07/01/2013
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
Works great for punching your lawn but takes a little getting use to the controls and turning the machine, the lady of the house would probably have a little difficulty working with the machine. Overall a very good tool
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very good aerator commercial build for homeowner
Posted by: william007 from Wisconsin on 06/21/2013
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
i am now retire work at golf course as a grounds keeper for 28 years and seen a lot of aerators but the dr is one of best i heve seen very heavy duty
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DR Aerator
Posted by: Notwen from Utah on 06/20/2013
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
We were worried that this product would be a disappointment, but it was not. We are very pleased with it so far. It did a great job of aerating our lawn. The plugs were just as deep and big as when we have had our lawn professionally aerated. It was as easy to use as you can expect from a heavy piece of equipment. Our fears were put to rest and we are very pleased with it and look forward to years of aerating our own lawn.
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Excellent homeowner aerator
Posted by: Doug5 from Ohio on 06/19/2013
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This machine starts on the first pull every time. It pulls itself along as it aerates and creates frequent plugs as it moves. The end result is the same as the large, golf-course machines.
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Great product
Posted by: 1Classact from California on 06/19/2013
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Debated for years to buy one of these. So happy I did. My lawn looks great!
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Landscape Maintenance Pro use
Posted by: CJHames from Texas on 04/26/2013
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
We own a small landscape maintenance company in Texas. Each spring and fall we would rent aerators from Home Depot or Sunbelt Rental to service our customers. Besides moving dirt around, aeration was our least favorite job because the machines we rented just beat the tar out of us physically. After aerating 10 or more lawns in a day it took it's tool. We dreaded aeration season. I also didn't care for the end result of the rented machines. They weren't the crankshaft-driven type aerators that I used while working for several top-notch golf courses in my early days. The rented machines use the turning wheel-type technology (if you can call it technology), and the holes they created very often didn't go very deep. I knew from past experience that the crankshaft machines actually punched a hole in the turf/ground, and that was what I was looking for, so I decided to invest $1600 or so in this unit to see how it would do. We also wanted the benefit of being able to have a machine on hand, so we could go out and aerate "onesies and twosies" and not have to schedule 10-15 in one day to get the most out of our rented machine. So far I've used this machine a half dozen times or so, and I have another 15 or so scheduled for next week. I thought I'd write a review for any other landscape pro out there who was thinking of buying one of these units. If you are looking for speed, don't buy this unit. It will aerate about 25% - 30% as fast as the rented drum or wheel type aerators. However, and to me this is a huge however, it is by far the easiest aerator I've ever used. I can tell you that the fatigue factor at the end of the day is almost non-existent. We used to have to send 2-man teams out in the field when aerating, now it's a 1-man job, which is a huge deal for us. The quality of job is far superior to rented machines. The holes are much deeper and cleaner, and the small rubber flap at the back of the unit (sort of scraping the ground) helps break up the plugs, leaving a much neater, cleaner finished product. No need to rake up plugs! We can also aerate in circles, moving around tree wells, etc., so the lack of operating speed can be made up (partially) by not having to operate in straight lines. I'd say this makes up for about half of the lack of operating speed, and contributes to the lower fatigue factor. It's a pleasure to use. The only problem I've had with the unit so far is having to readjust one of the cables. It works its way loose pretty quickly, which slows down the self propelled action. Once it's tightened up it works fine. I just haven't figured out yet how to keep it nice and tight. The parts are made up of strong steel, and I don't expect this machine to last forever for the price I paid for it, but the quality of it isn't bad. It's not a $4000 aerator to be sure, but so far I've been pretty pleased with it. What it lacks in speed it makes up for in quality of finished product and ease of use.
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HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS MACHINE
Posted by: fleabagracing from Maryland on 01/04/2013
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I bought the aerator in March 2012 when it first came out and have used it twice already. I am a woman in my fifties and did not find it hard to operate. It started right up and kept on going until I was done with no problems. I would suggest waiting until the ground is wet and soft before using it as it does not do as good a job on dry hardpacked dirt.
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It does an excellent job of spacing the plugs.
Posted by: eljm from Wyoming on 04/10/2012
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It does an excellent job of spacing the plugs.it also has enough weight to ceek the plugs a consistant size and depth.I would recommend this aereator to my relatives and friends anytime.
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this product works great
Posted by: darrell from California on 04/09/2012
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this product works great no problems at all just waiting for better weather to use it more
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