Today I finally got around to assembling the John Deere 48″ Plug Aerator that I purchased recently. The 48″ plug aerator is a tow-behind model that attaches to the hitch on my John Deere X300 lawn mower. The assembly took me about one hour with the help of my three year old son (hmm…..does that make the job faster or slower….you be the judge).
I found the directions to be very good as usual. John Deere does a fantastic job with providing easy to follow assembly directions for all the their products that I’ve purchased so far. The following is a quick summary of the assembly process for a John Deere 40″ tow-behind plug aerator.
The first step is to connect the two tow bars to the tow hitch assembly. I’d say this was the only step that the directions weren’t as clear as they could be. If you look at the small photo of the hitch assembly it’s pretty straight forward. You connect the two tow bars together with one bolt while you “sandwich” those same two tow bars with the two “hitch” plates. The plates give you a place to install the hitch pin to connect the aerator to the mower.
Once you’ve pre-assembled the tow bar assembly then you’re ready to attach it to the main frame of the aerator. To do this you just install four bolts through the ends of the tow bar into the brackets on the bottom of the weight pan. The instructions tell you to install the tow bar at the “top” of the slotted holes in the frame. I think I may need to adjust the position of the tow bar to get the thing to sit more level. I’ll experiment with the position once I get working on the lawn.
The next step is to install the control arm. The control arm allows you to move the position of the plug spoons. There are three settings. One for transporting the aerator so the spoons are up off the ground, and two different depth settings for aerating the lawn. To install the control arm you only need to install one bolt along with a spring that helps the arm engage the different pre-set operation positions.
The final step is to assemble the wheels. This step is very straight forward as well. You install a bolt into each wheel then you bolt that to the frame.
I think the whole project would have taken me about 30 minutes if I wasn’t stopping every 5 minutes swapping wrenches with my son. Stay tuned for a product review this fall when I put the plug aerator to the test by aerating our 1.33 acre lawn.
There are other Plug Aerators on the market I’m just not familiar with them.