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Hound Dog Coring Aerator HDP35 Review

Postby HoosierLawnGnome » April 4th, 2014, 8:29 pm

Today a brand new Hound Dog Coring Aerator HDP35 was delivered to my door.

Friendly note - this isn't a topic to discuss the merits or demerits of core aeration.

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Weight: ~5 lbs
Height: 3 feet (36.92" per the web site)
Cost: $25.15 - that included tax and shipped to my door
Color: yellow - I would have preferred red to match my other lawn equipment

Since my yard got about 6 inches of rain over the last week and a half, I elected to take it for a spin on my backyard for a bit.

I'm really impressed with this product. Easy to use. Doesn't require a lot of effort to fully insert into the ground in these wet conditions by any means. Each step took out two nice, nickel-sized, 4 inch cores about 9 inches apart. As you step, the previous core is pushed up by the current core you're extracting, eventually being pushed out the top and onto the lawn. At no time did the tool get plugged up where I had to reach down and get the tool cleaned up to operate.

I was able to place the tool, step on it straight down, pull it out, move it forward, step again, repeat, just like taking a slow walk around the yard. Eazy-peazy. I didn't have to jump or apply pressure to get it fully into the ground. I weigh 185 lbs.

The unit is quite durable, and the handle is at a good height - about belt level when you step.

The bar you step on is nice and wide.

To clean it up, turn the unit upside down and push on the end of the core at the very bottom and the last core falls right out. Easy to keep clean!

I imagine it will take me about 3 times as long to core aerate my entire lawn with this tool as it does to mow it (without trimming et al of course - just the mowing part)

I also like something like this over a pull-behind core aerator. With this tool, you are cutting out a cylinder with a vertical cut straight down - it's a 4" cylindrical sod plugging tool basically. Thus it seems compaction is eliminated due to lack of vertical pressure on the core walls as compared to spike aeration or a pull-behind core aeration for a tractor.

I would highly recommend a tool like this if you have a smaller - maybe medium-sized - lawn and like to core aerate.
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Re: Hound Dog Coring Aerator HDP35 Review

Postby HanLawn » April 4th, 2014, 8:37 pm

shame they could not have added 2 more core pulling tubes between the 2 that they did....plenty of room to do so and it would have made it much more effective! HD/Lowes also carries this exact same model you got!
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Re: Hound Dog Coring Aerator HDP35 Review

Postby HoosierLawnGnome » April 4th, 2014, 8:43 pm

I get that - but I wonder if that wouldn't make it harder to insert fully into the ground due to decrease pressure on each point? Or if it would make a step kind of unnaturally longer?
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Postby HanLawn » April 4th, 2014, 8:45 pm

who knows,but I would like the option to find out!
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Re: Hound Dog Coring Aerator HDP35 Review

Postby HoosierLawnGnome » April 4th, 2014, 8:46 pm

HanLawn wrote:who knows,but I would like the option to find out!
Yup!

Well, weld a couple together and get back with us! :D

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Re: Hound Dog Coring Aerator HDP35 Review

Postby HanLawn » April 4th, 2014, 8:59 pm

too old too fat too tired too lazy!
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Re: Hound Dog Coring Aerator HDP35 Review

Postby bpgreen » April 4th, 2014, 10:25 pm

Where would you put your foot? If there were two more plug pullers, your foot would cover the ends.
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Re: Hound Dog Coring Aerator HDP35 Review

Postby HanLawn » April 4th, 2014, 11:26 pm

they would need to make it with a crossbar to step on 4" above the current one as shown in the picture.
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Re: Hound Dog Coring Aerator HDP35 Review

Postby TNJDM » April 5th, 2014, 4:18 am

My daughter got me this one for Christmas. About the same price but 4 plugs.

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Re: Hound Dog Coring Aerator HDP35 Review

Postby HanLawn » April 5th, 2014, 10:48 am

Thats what I had in mind!!!!!! makes the job much more efficient.
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Re: Hound Dog Coring Aerator HDP35 Review

Postby HoosierLawnGnome » April 5th, 2014, 11:38 am

you guys must do some serious aeration. i dont think ive ever had holes thay close together when ive had it done!

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Postby txlawnrookie » April 6th, 2014, 11:00 am

i have been using one like yours from lowes. only two prong, but hey. at least mine is lime green?
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Re: Hound Dog Coring Aerator HDP35 Review

Postby HanLawn » April 6th, 2014, 5:20 pm

HoosierLawnGnome wrote:you guys must do some serious aeration. i dont think ive ever had holes thay close together when ive had it done!

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If you paid to have it done with a machine,you must specify you want double or tripple passes done to get the most benefit from the procedure.Ideally you want 10+% of the total surface area cored,and a single square foot of lawn is 144 sq inches,so that means a minimum of 14-20 holes{cores} per square foot of lawn....aint going to happen unless you specify and pay for it, or do multiple passes with the machine you can rent from HD/Lowes,
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Re: Hound Dog Coring Aerator HDP35 Review

Postby Tony alony » April 12th, 2014, 7:00 pm

What do you guys think of this one? http://www.amazon.com/Step-Tilt-Aerator ... Descending

I know, I know.... Too expensive!! I thought about getting one and if I didn't like it, I'll put it up for sale at the next neighborhood annual garage sale.
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Re: Hound Dog Coring Aerator HDP35 Review

Postby jmcphail » April 13th, 2014, 8:44 am

I have a Step 'N Tilt, the lever action actually works, and it is well-built enough not to feel flimsy.

If the soil is too moist it pulls up divots instead of cores; if the soil is too dry it won't drive deep enough to core. I've tried it with four coring tines and with two, I have never been able to find the just-right condition I think it requires. Your soil might be better than mine, so YMMV. Rocks and roots will also stop it dead in its tracks. I weigh 225 lbs.

I'm sure someone out there is getting good use out of theirs.

I started using shampoo and then BLSC and haven't looked back.

Tony alony wrote:What do you guys think of this one? http://www.amazon.com/Step-Tilt-Aerator ... Descending

I know, I know.... Too expensive!! I thought about getting one and if I didn't like it, I'll put it up for sale at the next neighborhood annual garage sale.
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Re: Hound Dog Coring Aerator HDP35 Review

Postby Rockinar » April 22nd, 2014, 11:10 pm

Does not work on my clay soil. Clogs it up and makes it pretty useless.

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