With a machine this size, you might expect a nodding, jerky action. Not so with the Plugger. Cast steel camshafts drive the four tines into the ground in a smooth, rotary action, the tines pulling a good-sized core.
What’s more, you are not restricted to running in straight lines. Neither do you have to heave the machine round at the headland. Our tester has no difficulty steering the Plugger round the edges of the shrub beds and even spins it round the trunk of a silver birch — coring all the time. He is impressed.
“It’s simplicity itself, but it’s so manoeuvrable. It’s not pulling as I work round the end of a bed. It’s doing a lovely job,” he enthuses.
The Plugger has a maximum working depth of 70mm. Admittedly, if you were aerating golf greens, you would probably want to go deeper. But for ornamental lawns — and possibly tennis courts and bowling greens — this machine does a first-class job. What’s more, the whole unit folds down, so it can be stowed in the boot of a car — though it does take two people to lift it. With an overall width of less than 56cm, the machine will pass through narrow gateways.
Built to a commercial grade, the Plugger is durable. Bearings inside the housing are nylon and are replaceable.
The machine can be supplied with wheel scrapers. A larger model with a 55cm working width is also available and there is a choice of Honda or Briggs & Stratton engines.
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