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ant
08-29-2000, 09:42 PM
what do you use to tow your tow behind aerator on jobs
my atv 250 4-wheeler in not working out i tryed towing a 48"bannerman
anthony

[Edited by anthonygrelli on 09-03-2000 at 02:09 AM]

KirbysLawn
08-29-2000, 09:51 PM
I don't use a tow behind, does not do a very good job around here, mine tows me behind it! :D :D

Barkleymut
08-29-2000, 10:06 PM
Kirby needs to see his buddies at Lesco..LOL. The 42" aerator they sell is top notch and does as good of a job as a walk behind in my humble opinion. Anyways I use a 60" Dixie Chopper Flatlander. Wish I could find a $500 mower that ran didn't cut and had a 3pt hitch that someone was just trying to get rid of.

Eric ELM
08-29-2000, 10:19 PM
I use a John Deere 430 diesel garden tractor with a 3 point hitch. I use a Classen sold by Lesco which has a 3 point set up or a tongue to pull it with. With a 3 point hitch, hydrostatic drive and power steering, it makes aerating one of my favorite jobs. You can put on several hundred pounds of weight on this aerator to penitrate hard ground and the transport wheels can be turned into depth gauge wheels so it don't sink in too deep in soft areas when weighted down. If anyone has this aerator and is interested in how to set this up to use the wheels as gauges, email me for details or if enough are interested, I'll post directions and a closer up picture of it than what is on my website. I like inventing things. :)

Runner
08-29-2000, 10:32 PM
I use a John Deere 212 to tow a 48" Millcreek. Works well, however I'm going to make me a hitch setup for my Lazer so I can just use that. I probably won't be able to reach the lift handle, but I'm sure I can fabricate something for that too. I can only WISH I had a 3 point!

parkwest
08-29-2000, 11:44 PM
We use an arrangement similar to Eric's but instead of the JD we have a Boomer 21D by New Holland. It is one of the most versatile piece of equipment we own. With the 3 pt hitch we also use the following implements: post hole auger, 48" brush hog, TR3 Landscape Rake, and a 3 pt hitch pallet fork. We also have it equipped with a front end loader and will be getting a backhoe for installing ponds. Its amazing what the little thing will do.

bob
08-29-2000, 11:50 PM
I'm planning on using my Gator. My Lesco dealer has ordered me a new 60" tow behind model.

morturf
08-30-2000, 12:49 AM
hmmmm, i use my kawasaki praire 400, z-cart, toro workman, cushman truckster, JD 955, or JD 4400. I have 7 aerators of varying size from tow to 3 pt. depends on the size and terrain of the site.

SKDCO
08-30-2000, 08:43 AM
I use a Kubota B7400 4WD hydrostatic trans. compact tractor with turf tires and a Ryan 3pt hitch tow aerator. I'm using oversize tires for flotation and weight. The aerator weighs approx. 725/750lbs and gives at least 31/2 to 41/2 in. cores. This set-up seems to work well in this area and save alot of back work. Oh yeah also looking at a Ryan 19" w/b for some of the smaller sections of properties.

[Edited by SKDCO on 08-31-2000 at 01:36 AM]

ant
09-02-2000, 10:29 PM
will a craftsman tractor work?
thanks for the replys
anthony

Eric ELM
09-02-2000, 10:56 PM
It depends on how big the Craftsman is and how small the tow behind is. It takes more traction, the bigger the aerator.

Stinger
09-03-2000, 01:05 AM
We use a AERA-vator mounted to the front of our diesel powered Grasshopper mower. It leaves no core plugs since it uses vibrating tines to penetrate the soil.

columbiaplower
09-03-2000, 04:05 AM
i use a 18.5 hp mtd trator with a 48in plug
does fine

John DiMartino
09-03-2000, 10:09 AM
I pull a 6ft ryan with our Ford 1910 32 hp 4x4 tractor,its on the 3ph and it doesnt even know it s there.I have pulled it with my cushman truckster,it has an 18hp OMC engine,it did an excellent job in open areas but on hills or tight spots it would spin and get stuck even with 400 lbs of weight in the bed.I have used my Carryall 2,but it has only 11hp,so it grunts real bad,i wont use it again.

OLD CHAPP
09-03-2000, 09:18 PM
SO ANT, YOU WILL LAUGH WHEN I TELL YOU WHAT MY BROTHER
AND MY SELF USE,A V.W. BUG YES A V.W. IT ALL STARTED
ABOUT 4 YEARS AGO. WE SEEN A FARMER USING A V.W TO PLOW
HIS FIELDS SO WE HAD TO TRY IT. WE PUT TURF TYPE TIRES
ON THE BUG ALONG WITH A 4 WHEEL KIT AND STARTED OUT,OF
COURSE ALL MOST ALL OF OUR LAWNS ARE ABOUT 30,000 SQ FT
PLUS. WE MOUNTED THE BUG WITH A 3 POINTED HITCH AND HAD NO PROBLEMS EXCEPT WHAT THE HOME OWNER THOUGH, IT WAS GREAT FOR COMM. PROPERTYS BUT HOME OWNERS WERE A LITTLE UPSET.
TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT IF YOU HAVE THE SPACE AND THE TIME TO SET UP THE BUG THAT WILL BE YOUR BEST BET.