Hound Dog Products HDP3-8 Turf Hound Aerator (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Turf Hound tool allows thicker, healthier lawn growth
- Removes 4-inch plugs from turf to allow water and fertilizer flow
- Durable steel construction and rustproof finishes for long-lasting wear
- U-shaped handle and large footstep for easy stepping and comfort
- Limited lifetime warranty
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Some things I've noticed (as have others):
Works best in semi-moist soil. Too dry and cutting becomes difficult; too wet and the soil plugs get stuck and don't come out the top of the tubes.
Try to step in the middle of the crossbar so the cutting tubes are perpendicular to the ground for even holes, less bending of the sharpened ends of the tubes, and less clogging.
When the sharpened ends of the tubes get bent, the soil plugs don't come out. Simple solution: don't try to pry out the stuck plugs with a screw driver, that may roughen the inside of the tubes or bend the cutting edges. Rinsing with water doesn't push out the stuck plugs either. Rather, go to a patch of lawn with slightly moist soil, step a few times and the moist plugs are pushed out. Now turn the aerator over and tap on the crossbar with a rubber mallet to get the remaining soil plugs out.
When the sharpened ends do get bent from tough soil/grass/rocks, I use an 10" old steel tubing just slightly smaller in diameter than the cutting tubes and tap it through the top with a rubber mallet. That straightens out the bent edges somewhat uniformly.
The Turf Hound Aerator does have a lifetime exchange guarantee so one can get a replacement at the cost of shipping it back to the manufacturer.
One last note: I DON'T leave the extruded soil plugs in my front lawns because they resemble dog doodoo and some thoughtless neighbors may mistake them as an invitation to use my front lawns as a pet porta-potty.
Check out my lawn in the customer submitted pics. Good Luck!
Those with sandy soil should be fine. Those of us with claylike soil need to disregard the directions and plan very carefully. The wet springtime is likely NOT a good time to try to use this device (or others like it). Even though I waited three days after a mild spring shower, the soil was still too wet.
I decided to stop aerating until summertime when I can find a good solid week of hot, dry weather. Then I'll keep from watering the entire week and try aerating again. Right now, only about 40% of the time, the plugs even come out at all. Only about 10% of the time does a full 3-4 inch plug come out. Most of the time it just makes a hole which compacts the soil around it even worse than it was before using the product. When I feel the plug, it is sticky and wet. Not good.
I'm sure this device works as intended if the soil you are working on is just very slightly moist and crumbly. If it is sticky or wet (as most clay soils are), you will not be happy. Trust me. I will give the product three stars at this point because it appears to work on sandy soil. However, I will deduct a couple of stars since the advertisements and documentation is very weak on how to handle clay soils (if it's able to handle clay at all).
I will update this review in the summertime when I've had a chance to dry out my clay soil sufficiently to try the product again.
The 2-core aerator can easily do trouble spots and also small areas that commercial plug aerators cannot access. It seems to be well made and works very well.
The reason for the few stars, is because I called the company on their 100% guarantee, several times, left 2 messages and have yet to get a response.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Holes get clogged and cannot be cleaned making the product useless. Good idea, but poorly designed for north central texas soil content!Published 10 months ago by iggypop22
I had high hopes for this little device. Sadly, it gets stuck in the dirt and is hard to pull up. Also the little round holes that go into the ground and are supposed to take out a... Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by Denny
Very reluctant to try this thing. I thought of all the altenatives that you're probably thinking about. Read morePublished on September 21, 2011 by An old soldier
I was able to get the hound dog turf hound to work, but it was tedious. After a couple of hours of work, I was able to get only a tenth of my lawn completed (about 80 square... Read morePublished on July 12, 2011 by Amazon Customer
One side worked great the other side constantly plugged up. Got the job done and will keep it to use again, but disappointed that one side didn't work properly.Published on May 13, 2011 by Donna J. Moberg
Works good for its price. Could be a little more solid for my likeing, after first use already saw some curve on the prongs.Published on April 30, 2011 by Amazon Customer