The manufacturers listed here have what it takes to save your soil. When you’re faced with soil compaction, a soil aerator is your tool of choice to loosen up a troublesome lawn. Simply circle the appropriate number on the reader service card, toss the card in your mailbox, and in a few weeks, you’ll have everything you need to make an informed decision on buying a new aerator.

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Billy Goat

The AE401H has no center drum or wheel, making ramp loading safer and easier. It features individual, removable tine stars and uses water for weight over the tines. The lift and lock release system allows for quick, easy turns and tine engagement. The Fold-n-Go handles require no tools.

C&S Turf Care Equip.

The Turf Tracker Power Pod can be equipped with an aerator attachment that provides an aeration width of 30 inches. The independent hub design allows for continuous aeration while making turns. Also offers a pull-behind aerator with 12-volt linear actuator to raise and lower the transport wheels.

Earth & Turf Products

The TURFSAW is a rolling aerator that attaches easily to the buckets of tractor loaders. Solid blades are easily adjustable to permit an increase in penetration from 2.5 to 3.75 inches. It has a shattering action that produces little or no compaction and can be operated at speeds up to 10 mph.


Gandy offers four models of core aerators that also have knife options, as well as three spike aerators. Models are available in three-point hitch or towable packages. The 4-foot shrouded aerator has independent aerating arms with .75-inch coring spoons or slicing knives to follow the terrain.


JRCO offers the 38-inch, tow-behind Hooker aerator. The unique tine rotors utilize the forward force of the vehicle to make holes up to 3 inches deep. The Hooker pulls loose plugs of soil, eliminating messy hard cores and soil compaction. It aerates 1.5 acres per hour at 5 mph.

L.T. Rich Products

The Z-Plug is a stand-on, zero-turn aerator powered by an 18 hp Vanguard Commercial engine. It produces core depths of 2 to 3.5 inches and covers 60,000 to 80,000 square feet per hour at speeds up to 8 mph. The fully floating tine head can maneuver around trees and beds while engaged.

Land Pride

The CA15 Series core aerator is available in 48, 56, 64 and 72-inch widths. The spoons are constructed of .5-inch, 16-gauge hardened steel and can penetrate up to 3 inches. Each gang is mounted independently. Also available in a lighter CA05 Series model for mowers, UTVs and garden tractors.


Plugr walk-behind, reciprocating aerators come in five models with widths from 22 to 30 inches. The low-maintenance, cam-driven design produces cleaner and closer holes. The PL855 PRO HD hydrostatic is effective on soft or spongy turf, where self-propulsion keeps it moving forward.


The Sandfiller was developed for simultaneous verticutting and sand filling in one pass. With three adjustable rollers, the unit follows the contours of the ground, allowing depth adjustment from 0 to 1.5 inches. It leaves an intensively aerated and dethatched surface with improved drainage.


TurnAer 4 and 6 aerators have front-traction drive that increases traction and control during transport and loading. The patented DiffDrive system enables turning with the tines in the ground for easy maneuverability. A spring lift eliminates lifting, and the TurnAer Chariot provides ride-on capability.


The ZRATOR is a steerable, front-mount core plug aerator for zero-turn mowers. Its design allows the operator to aerate forward, left, right and in reverse without raising the tines. It requires no additional weights, and aeration can be accomplished in about the same time it would take to mow.


The Green-Rite is a one-pass tool that aerates, seeds, levels and compacts soil. Available in 50, 58, 66 and 82-inch widths for tractors ranging from 25 to 70 hp.


The AccuAire comes in 69 and 93-inch lengths and has a solid steel frame, FlexWing design, extra-wide racks and core spoons on roller ball bearings.


The SA-25 Stand-Aer ride-on unit offers split drive technology, 24-inch operational turning radius and 36 tines for coring depths up to 3 inches.


DryJect fractures compacted soil with a powerful jet of water beneath the soil surface. At the same time, a soil amendment is added.


The Yardmaker overseeder seeds and aerates in one operation. Available in pull-type or three-point models with widths from 3 to 8 feet.


The PTO-driven AERA-vator is available in 40 and 60-inch models and has oscillating, forged steel tines that penetrate hard soils without slicing or cutting.


The Coremaster comes in 42 and 62-inch models and can perform deep aeration with solid tines or easily switch to hollow tines to pull cores up to 7 inches.

Lawn Solutions

The ride-on model can aerate 2 acres per hour at 7 mph, pulling 4-inch plugs with the tines spaced at 3.5 inches. It features dual hydrostatic drive.


The LiquiJect 400 aerates and injects liquid products below the soil surface. It features a 30-gallon tank, SpikeWheel technology and 20 to 60 PSI.


The Mantis Lawn Aerator attachment for the Tiller/Cultivator has straight tines to cut rows of beneficial aerating slits.

RotaDairon Emrex

The Turf Surgeon can be used as a dethatcher, deep slicer or spiker. Available in 51 and 71-inch working widths, it has a quick-change blade system.


The Lawnaire IV Plus has a 4 hp Honda or 6 hp B&S engine, coring depth up to 2.75 inches, aerating width of 19 inches, solid steel axle and fold-down handle.


The core aerator for the Steiner 430 Max tractor has a working width of 40.25 inches, independent .75-inch core tine assemblies and depth up to 3.5 inches.

The March issue of Turf will include product focuses on Sweepers and Riding Mowers & Attachments.