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DavidNJ
11-24-2010, 04:31 PM
Planning to use it Tuesday. Any advice?

http://www.stackyard.com/news/2005/11/machinery/john_deere_aercore800.jpg

normower
11-24-2010, 06:06 PM
What are you aerating with it?

DavidNJ
11-24-2010, 06:27 PM
About 60k sqft of lawn, about half dead.

normower
11-24-2010, 07:42 PM
I have some experience with the Toro procore at a golf course. With the procore hills could be a little hairy. Are you renting it?

DavidNJ
11-24-2010, 08:21 PM
Yes...not quite sure how it ended up at as a rental. The ProCore looks similar.

It seems walking backwards is part of the job, is that correct?

normower
11-24-2010, 08:23 PM
Yes, or you can hold the controls behind your back and walk forward. Is there a reason you are not using a spoon aerator like most guys use on lawns?

DavidNJ
11-24-2010, 09:45 PM
My inexperience here. I was under the impression all were coring machines, just this was available for not that much more and seems like it would do a much better job of it.

normower
11-24-2010, 09:51 PM
They all pull cores. This is almost exclusively used on golf courses. Spoon aerators pull cores, but just not as many.

DavidNJ
11-24-2010, 09:56 PM
This looked like it did a better job. My guess is they got a deal on it, they are renting it for much less then I would expect. Isn't this an $18k machine?

normower
11-24-2010, 10:04 PM
Yeah it is an expensive piece of equipment. You have to be very careful not to run over anything hard such as tree roots that are on the surface.

DavidNJ
11-24-2010, 10:06 PM
This is a video on the Deere site: http://www.deere.com/media/player/en_us_mediaplayerpopup.html?divisionName=cce/golfturf/gt_videopage/&Video=aercore_800&r=1

normower
11-24-2010, 10:13 PM
Yeah, for lawns i would stick to the spoon aerators but for lawn renovation it might work.

DavidNJ
11-24-2010, 10:53 PM
How much more fragile is it than a more typical rental core machine? I would imagine all of the have problems with tree routes. We are marking the sprinkler heads this weekend, but there is always a chance we will miss one or a flag will fall out. What happens if you it one? That must happen on golf courses also; although not on the tees and greens.

The plan is to core next Tuesday, weather permitting. Hopefully it can get done in one day. The soil sample results should be available around Dec 10-14th. We can apply what is necessary right after that...by the 18th. Hopefully we can seed the 21st or 22nd with a Ryan seeder. That will do a verticut. Or the week of the 27th if they will still rent the seeder. Weather permitting we will also broadcast an overseed in late February and fertilize in early March with a mix including Tupersan as a pre-emergent.

DavidNJ
11-24-2010, 11:36 PM
Yeah, for lawns i would stick to the spoon aerators but for lawn renovation it might work.

Why?

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normower
11-25-2010, 09:30 PM
The head will leak and and will need to be replaced. The JD will pull a lot of cores, so you probably need to drag them or something. I have never seen a unit like this used on anything other than golf courses/sports fields.

DavidNJ
11-25-2010, 10:56 PM
The head will leak and and will need to be replaced. The JD will pull a lot of cores, so you probably need to drag them or something. I have never seen a unit like this used on anything other than golf courses/sports fields.

What will cause the head to leak on a lawn that couldn't happen on a golf course or sports field?

DavidNJ
11-25-2010, 11:36 PM
Are the tines more fragile?

http://manuals.deere.com/cceomview/OMTCU21565_A9/Output/images/OMTCU21565_A988.jpg

normower
11-26-2010, 07:04 AM
What will cause the head to leak on a lawn that couldn't happen on a golf course or sports field?

Nothing, its all the same. But on an uneven lawn the machine will handle differently. At the golf course, the head will leak and then the irrigation tech has to put a new head in.

normower
11-26-2010, 07:04 AM
Are the tines more fragile?

No.

DavidNJ
11-26-2010, 07:44 AM
Question: Can this class of machine make an turn, no matter how wide it has to be, while aerating? Or does it have to be kept in a straight line. While tees are generally rectangular, putting greens are irregular in shape, sometimes with obsticles (water, severe drops) at their edges.

normower
11-26-2010, 06:13 PM
I do not believe so. I think it would be pretty hard/next to impossible. I have NEVER seen these aerators ran in any other way than a straight line while aerating.

DavidNJ
11-26-2010, 06:25 PM
This is the property in the Spring of 2009, looking west. The lawn areas not shaded from the western sun are dead. The pear tree behind the house has lost another large branch.

The goal is to do the entire property.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4106/5209723309_40098c8123.jpg