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Best manual core aerator yet
on June 13, 2013
I used to own two Hound Dog aerator tools. At that time it was the only manual core aerator product on the market, to the best of my knowledge. It did what it was supposed to but primarily I had two complains. Number one, soil would clog inside the tines quite often and I would spend more time freeing the soil from the tines than actually aerating the lawn. Squirting WD-40 into the tines helped only a little. Number two, I needed to physically pull the aerator tool upwards and so it needed quite a bit of work.
Fast forward several years and I saw the Step'n Tilt Aerator 2 on Amazon. I studied the pictures and the design of the tool and thought there might be something good here. I bought it and I was not disappointed. Because the tines are cleverly crafted with a telescopic design, soil did not clog inside the tines as often as with the Hound Dog. Also because of the attached wheels design, it was not necessary to lift up the aerator tool and this was a welcomed feature. Tilting the handle bar back to pull up the soil produces less stress on my back and neck. I use two tines for spots where I know the soil is compacted and tough. In areas where the soil is not as compacted, I go ahead and use four tines. Using four tines cuts the work time in half.
I am not disappointed with my purchase at all. I have spoken to the business owner on the phone and he is very kind and knowledgeable. I am sure he will keep refining his product and come up with something that will make it even more difficult for the soil to clog up in the tines. But until that happens, this product is king.