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grass disaster
09-26-2007, 02:18 AM
is it possible to front mount an aerator to the front of a 318 john deere? and have it lifted by hydrolics?

i has hydraulics already plumbed into the front of the machine.

i wouldn't go very wide with it possiblt a 36" aerator

LindblomRJ
09-26-2007, 08:49 AM
Sure you could. Might take some welding and fitting to make it all work.

grass disaster
09-26-2007, 08:55 PM
would this be too much weight and strain on the front of this machine.

would it bounce around and shake everything apart.

LindblomRJ
09-26-2007, 09:06 PM
If it was mounted or towed at the back of the machine you would have better traction.

Often blades and snow blowers are mounted on the front of machines like 318's. I have even seen small loaders on such machines. Weight will be a major factor.

jeffinsgf
09-27-2007, 07:40 AM
Why not get the already available three point hitch for the back? No fabrication, and the function is proven by history.

I use mine on the back of a 455 and it works like a champ.

grass disaster
09-27-2007, 10:58 AM
can i add a 3 point hitch to the 318??????

jeffinsgf
09-27-2007, 11:39 AM
318 3 pt hitch (http://cgi.ebay.com/3-POINT-HITCH-JOHN-DEERE-318-322-330-332-420-430_W0QQitemZ120165465329QQihZ002QQcategoryZ82240QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)

Here's one.

jeffinsgf
09-27-2007, 11:43 AM
Ooops. Took a second look. Don't know that outfit. Here's a link to one from the place I got mine.

Ruegg 3 pt for 318 (http://cgi.ebay.com/3-POINT-HITCH-JOHN-DEERE-318-322-330-332-420-430_W0QQitemZ220153537668QQihZ012QQcategoryZ82240QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)

grass disaster
09-27-2007, 01:35 PM
Ooops. Took a second look. Don't know that outfit. Here's a link to one from the place I got mine.

Ruegg 3 pt for 318 (http://cgi.ebay.com/3-POINT-HITCH-JOHN-DEERE-318-322-330-332-420-430_W0QQitemZ220153537668QQihZ012QQcategoryZ82240QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)

and what areator do you use with the 3 point hitch?

jeffinsgf
09-27-2007, 02:24 PM
Turfco 42" (discontinued for some insane reason).

I like the looks of the ProAire in another current thread.

grass disaster
09-27-2007, 03:26 PM
A 42" would be perfect. i bet it's just as wide as the tires.

do you have down pressure with the 3 point on the 318? i would think not.



does anyone know of a 42" 3 point aerator?

TLS
09-27-2007, 03:41 PM
You could fabricate a front mount by using part of the snow blade attachment.

My Dad's blade will lift the front tires off the ground by 2". The hydraulics have pleanty of power to do this. If you don't already have a blade, this could become as expensive as the 3pt hitch.

I would just get a tow behind unit.

P.S. I logged about 4K hrs on JD 318's. Excellent machine!

grass disaster
09-27-2007, 03:46 PM
You could fabricate a front mount by using part of the snow blade attachment.

My Dad's blade will lift the front tires off the ground by 2". The hydraulics have pleanty of power to do this. If you don't already have a blade, this could become as expensive as the 3pt hitch.

I would just get a tow behind unit.

P.S. I logged about 4K hrs on JD 318's. Excellent machine!

i get really sick of jumping on and off of the mower to raise the aerator.

backing in to a tight spot is tough to do too. i have to get off, raise it aerator, then try back it into a corner.

jeffinsgf
09-27-2007, 04:06 PM
i get really sick of jumping on and off of the mower to raise the aerator.

backing in to a tight spot is tough to do too. i have to get off, raise it aerator, then try back it into a corner.

This is the beauty of a 3pt hitch mount. I don't tear anything up on the corners, I never get out of the seat, and I can get into just about anywhere.

3 pt does not have down pressure. I run about 350 pounds of ballast plus the weight of the aerator itself and pull 3 inch plugs on turf that is reasonably moist.

Take a look at this site for what looks like some very nice 3 pt mount aerators in various widths, including 48". http://www.turf-aire.com/turfaire.html

I like my Turfco, and they still make a 60" 3 point. I have no idea why they dropped the 42. Funny, someone resurrected an old aerator thread from a couple years ago and in it one of the Turfco guys wrote this very persuasive, long paragraph about why a 40-ish inch wide aerator was a better choice (bridging over contours was the best argument) -- then they discontinued theirs.

turfaire
09-27-2007, 04:28 PM
Take a look at this site for what looks like some very nice 3 pt mount aerators in various widths, including 48". http://www.turf-aire.com/turfaire.html


Thanks jeffinsgf. We will be happy to respond to any questions posted. We are busy right now with a steady flow of aerators being shipped, so please forgive me if I do not respond quickly.

Jason B Bour
http://turf-aire.com

grass disaster
09-27-2007, 07:35 PM
this 3 point hitch set-up on the jd 318 sounds like the way to go. i was looking at buying a plugr. but for $4300 w/ tax is just too much money.


i think i would like this set-up a lot more verses the walk behind way. Even the plugr, that i demoed, i thought was a lot of work.


i do mostly 1/4 acre lots. this jd with the 3 point would work good. i would possibly still have to rent a walk behind for fenced in yards.