Save the box it came in, 16-May-2013
I bought this based on the reviews and didn't use it for a while. Now that I have tried it the return window has expired. It did not work at all for me. If you hit even a small stone it won't go down any further...
(ProPlugger representative): We're very sorry to hear that you're not happy with your 5-IN-1 Planting Tool. Thanks for your feedback as you bring up some important issues. As you mentioned, the 5-IN-1 does not cut through rocks. They tend to be problems with any digging tool and the ProPlugger is no exception...
Pro Plugger, 13-May-2013
Good design but don't use it when the ground is too wet or it will plug up and don't make the mistake of tapping the sides to get the plugs to free up because the steel is too thin and it will dent. I think they should use a little thicker steel to make the tool more durable. Good design though.
(ProPlugger Representative) You bring up some very important points. Wet soil compresses easily, causing the plugs to press out against the inside of the tube which can cause clogging. The instructions that come with the plugger (as well as an instruction decal attached to the plugger) warn against trying to pull plugs when the soil is too wet or overly dry. They also describe a handy method of clearing clogs which is to use a common water hose with a jet nozzle attached and direct the stream of water up into tube from the bottom. This will clear the obstruction without damaging the tube. Striking the outside of the main tube in an effort to clear the clogged plugs should be avoided. It's made of 18 gauge steel which is durable enough to provide years of service while also easily slicing into the ground to pull plugs.
Lives up to the hype, 09-May-2013
...ProPlugger makes amazingly short work of what would otherwise have been a tedious & exhausting task. Along with being able to work from a standing position to remove the plugs or pesky weeds, I love the ability to sprinkle in my fertilizer, seeds or zip bulbs right down the tube into the hole. Just put your earbuds in, crank up some Doobie Brothers & let this thing do the work for you...
Outstanding product, 05-May-2013
I planted zoysia seed last year, and knew I would need some way to fill in some of the bad spots this season. I researched these products online, and found this one. I got one for Christmas and finally used it yesterday, and it works great for pulling and placing sod plugs. Very easy to use, easy to clean, etc. - it does just what it's supposed to do, and does it well.
Next week I will use it to plant 100 gladiolus bulbs. This will be better than an augur, or step-on bulb planter, because the shaft of the plugger holds the plugs as you go along. For example, you can cut out 20-21 2" sod plugs at one time.
Holy cow--the proplugger is awesome! (Received via e-mail), 29-Apr-2013
"Holy cow--the proplugger is awesome! I am planting zoysia plugs and killed myself last weekend between their no-good cheap step on plugger and the auger attachment to the cordless drill. Four days later I had planted about 1/4 of my front yard and had a sore back from bending down and crawling around on the ground to drill holes. Looking for some solution, I saw a youtube video with someone using proplugger--looked like a dream. I ordered on Friday, received it on Saturday and my wife began using it and had holes in the rest of the yard in a couple of hours. Your product is versatile, easy to use and just plain works. I love it."
Charles A., Virginia April 28, 2013
Totally Awesome!, 06-Apr-2013
...I am so happy I went ahead and spent the few extra bucks for this. If you're considering this you won't be disappointed. if this 55 year old woman can work this thing with little effort, anyone can. I very highly recommend it. Oh..and I just might let the hubby play with it when we tackle the grass.
But it's just a tube! NOT!, 06-Mar-2013
This simple straightforwardly designed Turf Plugger is a bulb planting
powerhouse. The design could not be any simpler, it's just a metal tube
with handles welded on. But don't let that fool you. The garlic and
shallot garden was done in record time. This awesome tool made a
backbreaking task painless! ...
Like using a Pogo Stick - Seems to work well, 28-Feb-2013
Design seems to work well...First one I got from Amazon was missing the adapter plates :-( .
Couple things to think about.
I would water my yard ahead of time.
do a whole yard would take a while but I am sure it can be done, just
don't expect miracles overnight. Worked great for removing weeds. Also
would seem effective for planting seeds, bulbs, small flowers...
Simple but genius!, 16-Dec-2012
This thing doesn't look like it could dig a hole in the ground, but my
Mom always told me don't judge a book by its cover. I guess she was
right cause this thing digs a perfect plug every time...
Performs as Promised, 12-Dec-2012
Did exactly as promised, and much easier to use than I expected. Plugs are easy to remove (surprise) and easy to cut.
It really works!, 10-Dec-2012
...This is a quality piece of equipment, simply but ingeniously made, which
looks like it will last a lifetime. It is worth every penny I paid
because I can see many other uses other than just planting bulbs. I am
sure I will be even more impressed with the plugger come spring when all
the bulbs are in bloom.
I love it!, 18-Nov-2012
This simple tool works exactly as expected. Two days ago a friend and I
planted 160 bulbs in less than two hours with no strain. I hesitated
about spending so much money for a basic gardening tool but it is worth
every cent and looks like it will last forever.