View Full Version : aeration mechine killing me

09-02-2000, 08:19 AM
picked up a 26" core aerator from lesco, nice mechine but a bear to run.
for those who use a walk behind aerator is there any tips on running it?

09-02-2000, 10:11 PM
there no way around it! The only advice i can give is to do it on like a saturday and take sunday off. After a 10 hour day of aerating my arms are like jello!

09-02-2000, 10:20 PM
thanks evan for the reply.

09-02-2000, 11:07 PM
evan: how many do you do in a season?

stone: that keys/snapper is that the type that has 4 wheel barrel tires ?
what is the going rate per m
one pass-----
and 2 passes

09-02-2000, 11:28 PM
Thats why you charge top dollar when you aerate. It's tough work.

09-03-2000, 12:28 AM
Thats why you use a ride-on unit -- a.k.a. Eric's JD 3-point hitch model, Stone's ride-on Dedoes, or my GroundsMaster mounted unit.

You use a walk-behind if you only have a handful of lawns or to do "trimming" and small areas your main aerator can't get.

Using it all day for all jobs is paramount to push-mowing all your lawns.

09-03-2000, 12:30 AM
Good tricep exercise!

09-03-2000, 12:34 AM
As little as it may help, try not to fight the beast. Figure out how to let it do the work. I used to try and horse may lawnaire V around without lifting the tines or by lifting the machine and not pulling back the tire release handle. My arms were numb every night. Finally, I have learned that it takes less effort to do certian things and I must say aerating has not been a problem since. At the corners I flip the wheels down then use the drive to turn the machine. Any time I think about lifting the machine around, I give it second thought, and it has saved my arms plenty

09-03-2000, 02:48 PM
I'm lined up with 20 aerations for Tuesday all day and Wednesday morning. All walk behind work. Mostly small jobs though. But I agree with Currier,don't fight the beast. I take my time in the tight areas and move deliberately. The last thing you want to do is pull your back or rotator cuff because you wanted to hurry and claim $100 an hour rate. But I know I'll be aching the rest of next week.


09-03-2000, 09:50 PM
If you live in one of the areas where there has been heavy rain all summer then take the weight bar out of the front of your Lesco. It sure has made it easier on me.

09-03-2000, 10:01 PM
barkley": i do not think it has a weight bar.

09-03-2000, 10:33 PM
Anthony, is this a Lesco 30? Or is a Claussen model? If it is a 30 then it will not have a weight bar. If it is a Claussen then it does. Right up in the front with the handle of the weight bar sticking out to one side. It is disguised pretty well so you may not have noticed it. That sucker is heavy so keep your feet out of the way if you go to pull it out.

09-03-2000, 10:38 PM
A Lesco model LA-2600 has a 65lb weight bar in the front. Model LA-1900 has a 40lb weight bar. Model 30 uses the front wheels as a weight.

09-03-2000, 11:22 PM
thank you, that bar i did not even notice . it blended right in .its a LA-2600 thanks again

09-04-2000, 09:28 AM
Anthony, take that weight bar out and try it on a lawn or two. Up there in Jersey ya'll might have had as much or more rain than we have had in Virginia. I have the same model aerator and haven't used the weight bar since before the hurricane last year. I think a 100 lb. aerator would do the trick this year.

09-07-2000, 09:08 PM
removing the weight bar made the difference.real easy to use now thanks again.
one more question .. when i get to the end of the pass should i lift the unit up on the front drum or lift the lowering handel and use the back transport wheels when i make my turns?

barkleymut or bob on that 2600 mod. is there any spare parts i should have?

[Edited by anthonygrelli on 09-08-2000 at 12:16 AM]

09-07-2000, 09:47 PM
Anthony, glad the weight bar removal helped. Grease the point under the cover on the left top of the machine daily. You may want a couple of spare tines but I have yet to damage one in the 2 years I have had mine.

09-07-2000, 09:48 PM
I always use the transport wheels. This is my biggest problem with aerating. The bar that you use to put the transport wheels down is so hard to use. I am like lifting up the whole machine.... and that doesnt work so i pause for a second, then snap it up and it works but after the first lawn i had a blister... i wore gloves for the rest of the day.

09-07-2000, 11:15 PM
to make a turn a lift the bar up and let the front roller propel the machine to make the turn instead of using my strenth.