Draper Hollow Tine Aerator

Key Features
Relieves compaction and aerates in one operation
Removes cores and revives heavily worn areas
Hollow Tine to improve drainage in autumn


  • Heavy Duty Aerator for compacted soils and lawns
  • Removes cores for longer lasting aeration
  • Use in autumn for all over lawn aeration
  • Beneficial at any time for reviving dry patches or hard areas
  • Helps reduce moss in damp areas by improving drainage
  • Simple and cost effective for small areas and lawns upto 100m2
  • 10cm long tines
  • Not for use on heavy clay or very sandy soils
  • Now in lime green to prevent trips when left on lawn
  • 1 year manufacturers limited warranty

TIP 1 Sharp Tines: Hollow tine aerators need sharp tines otherwise they are hard work. This unit is the strongest aerator we could find so has plenty of metal which can be sharpened without weakening it. Just take a large coarse file and set to work sharpening the outside (not the inside) of the tines. Look at the tines in the video.

TIP 2 Blocked Tines: Tines block if the soil consistency isn't right - either too soft or too stoney. This is not a problem with this unit but is a problem with ALL hollow tines whether manual or powered. Ensure the soil is soft enough to penetrate after sharpening the tines (as in the video) but is not too soft that it 'squiggies' and blocks. A one metre piece of 10mm doweling can be poked into the tine to clear any blockage without bending down. Sometimes it is trial and error until you get the soil consistency right.

TIP 3 Clear or Smash Cores: Don't leave the cores on the lawn. Either use the flat back of a landscapers rake to collect them or let them dry and go over them with a rotary mower to smash them. This distributes the soil as a top dressing but only works if your mower instructions allow it to be used without the box. Wear eye, face and leg protection.


Season for Application
Early Spring, Early Autumn, Late Autumn,
Product Type

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Customer reviews

3.9 / 5
77 reviews for Draper Hollow Tine Aerator
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Lee Rowell
easy to use and works well.
Rated 5 out of 5
William Robert Yates
I have used this product once so far. It did a good job, though it needs some strength to apply it and I would say that a lawn with heavy clay might cause difficulties for the user.
Rated 4 out of 5
Nicholas Hope
The aerator seems well made and using it is straightforward. It’s quite time consuming but hopefully worth the effort.
Rated 4 out of 5
Alison GreenwellHall
Looks good - doesn’t penetrate our soil easily and blocks with every dig. Basically only useful for a lawn laid on perfect light loam.
A good idea, but a fork works much better
Rated 1 out of 5
The tines clog much too easily making the tool extremely annoying to use.
I have tried sharpening the outside of the tubes as recommended by Lawnsmith.I hope this will eventually pay dividends but as the soil stuck to the outside of the tines as well I reserve judgement.
Rated 2 out of 5