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Old 01-04-2014, 10:13 PM
TWerner TWerner is offline
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3pt hitch aerators ?

I was wondering if a 3pt hitch aerator is actually a reasonable option for aerating a lawn. I have a Deere 3520 tractor with loaded R4 tires, and it seems like and odd idea to drive a 3600 lb tractor around with an aerator behind it. Won't the weight of the tractor defeat the purpose of aerating?
If not, I found this: http://greensboro.craigslist.org/grd/4268023081.html for sale nearby, and it's obviously very inexpensive.

If you guys confirm the weight of the tractor defeats the efforts of the aerator, I'll look into a used Classen. There's a CA-18 nearby for 700 and a TA-17 for 950. If those are much better, a neighbor and I could split one of them and use it a couple of times a year to avoid having to pick up and drop of the same type of aerator from a rental place.

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Old 01-05-2014, 08:53 AM
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How large of an area do you need to do ? We use our 3240 Kubota with a 3 pt aerator all the time on larger areas.
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:55 AM
whiffyspark whiffyspark is online now
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Shouldn't be a problem. We use a 4 wheeler for large areas sometimes.
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:44 AM
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That's a pretty heavy tractor with pretty aggressive rear tire's. Your steering tire's will cause damage in a turn. You could get away with using this on open area's if it was totally dry and you were going in straight line's. Anything tight or next to house or under a tree might be tough. Picture's would help a lot.

That's not a very good picture of the aerator. You can't tell what kind of wear that thing has. If those tine's need replacing it might be big dollar's. It look's like it's a pretty narrow implement. If it didn't cover the tire track's, at least on one side, then you will be running over fresh aeration hole's. And that defeat's the whole purpose of aeration.
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Old 01-05-2014, 03:17 PM
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That's a pretty heavy tractor with pretty aggressive rear tire's. Your steering tire's will cause damage in a turn. You could get away with using this on open area's if it was totally dry and you were going in straight line's. Anything tight or next to house or under a tree might be tough. Picture's would help a lot.

That's not a very good picture of the aerator. You can't tell what kind of wear that thing has. If those tine's need replacing it might be big dollar's. It look's like it's a pretty narrow implement. If it didn't cover the tire track's, at least on one side, then you will be running over fresh aeration hole's. And that defeat's the whole purpose of aeration.
What I'll aerate is somewhat dependent on what aerator I get. I know that sounds odd, but we need to aerate our current yard, about 1/3 of an acre, before we sell it, and then I suspect we'll have about 1 acre of "lawn" at the next house, and 8-9 acres of field. I will be cutting the field grass with the tractor and a flail mower. The acre around the house will be cut with a little zero turn, and that will need to be aerated 2x a year.

What I'm wondering is whether using the tractor to aerate the lawn that usually only sees a light weight zero turn is "bass akwards". But if the 3pt aerator works better or as well as the walk behind, then I thought I could also aerate the fields if that would help the ground cover. We don't really care about those fields having fine grass, we just want green cover.

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Old 01-05-2014, 05:53 PM
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As long as you don't turn sharp you won't tear. That tractor ain't that heavy just take off fel
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Old 01-05-2014, 07:21 PM
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it's not a big tractor, but it is around 3600 lbs without the FEL.

But you think that aerator will do a good job if it's in decent shape and wide enough?
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Old 01-06-2014, 09:39 AM
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There is a lot more benefits to aeration other than compaction. When you get to the end of your line you need to lift up on the aerator and at the same time that takes weight off the front end , and we also do 3 point turns and run industrial tires instead of ag tires
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Old 01-06-2014, 10:58 AM
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When you get to the end of your line you need to lift up on the aerator and at the same time that takes weight off the front end , and we also do 3 point turns and run industrial tires instead of ag tires
So 3pt aerators are preferable to tow behinds? I was wondering if the solid cylinder tow behind type rips of the yard when turning. The one I linked to has individual wheels, so it seems like that would turn ok. Is that accurate?

I have the industrial tires. R4= industrial. R1 is ag. R3 is turf. As long as I don't turn the wheel quickly or when stationary, they don't tear up the yard, but will leave indentations unless it's very dry. I don't know exactly how much weight loading 43x16-20 tires adds. I did the math and it would be 650lbs if they were full, so probably about 450lbs each. The dry tractor is 2900 sans FEL, so my guess was low. Maybe 3900-4000 with fluids/fuel/loaded tires. Since aerating is something you only do a couple of times a year, finding a dry day or two should be easy.

Larry, I didn't know you had to aerate hay fields. Figured it was only for lawns so you could grow thicker/denser grass.
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Old 01-06-2014, 09:45 AM
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The price is right on that 3pt aerator. Might be a little over kill for a acre. I would guess the aerator was used in a hay field.
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