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Old 03-26-2013, 06:52 PM
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Yes I absolutely hate to mow lawns that I have run my Plugr 850 over. Fact is they pull more plugs and the plugs are popped upwards and not just a passive push from rolling tines.

I totally get the soil fracturing aspect of the aeravotor but all those Plugrģ plugs that take a long time to disappear have there purpose and it's thatch breakdown. Plus just one pass of the 800 series plugrs pull twice the number of plugs the Lawn Solutions 24" WB hydro. And 75% more than the current production Exmark/Toros 21" and Stand on.

How much does an aerVator put dirt on top of thatch layer...?
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Aeravator doesnt pull plugs it shakes the ground. I spread a thin layer of loam or peat moss or bagged compost before aeravating and it comes out evenly spread over the thatch and in the holes... for seeding spread loam broadcast seed then make 1 pass with the aeravator.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:31 AM
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And the aeravator will take care of the thatch layer without killing chunks of grass... Pluggers may still be useful for compaction, but how deep does the aeravator go into the soil??? all I've seen so far is a u-tube of the thing...
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:58 AM
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Interesting.....? This has me thinking how well the shake and rattle of an Aeravator would handle a really thick and tight thatch layer.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:57 AM
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We had an early Aeravator . They are best used when the ground is dry . In harder soils it fractures the soil to allow the root system to spread. They are very heavy and to use them right they are pretty slow , but do a great job. They were popular around here years ago for sports fields.
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:31 AM
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And the aeravator will take care of the thatch layer without killing chunks of grass... Pluggers may still be useful for compaction, but how deep does the aeravator go into the soil??? all I've seen so far is a u-tube of the thing...
3.5 - 4" deep max depending on spike size but the penetration is adjustable by the height of the roller behind the spike drum. (or by the 3 point hitch on the tractor)

Mine weighs +/- 1000 so it gets full penetration even in the hard dry soil.

With a heavy rain after the aeravation you can see and feel just how soft the ground becomes -- huge difference

Uneven ground works too it pivits back and forth and side to side.
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:25 PM
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3.5 - 4" deep max depending on spike size but the penetration is adjustable by the height of the roller behind the spike drum. (or by the 3 point hitch on the tractor)

Mine weighs +/- 1000 so it gets full penetration even in the hard dry soil.

With a heavy rain after the aeravation you can see and feel just how soft the ground becomes -- huge difference

Uneven ground works too it pivits back and forth and side to side.
I like the sound of that... 1000 lbs though, huh???
It's understandable why it is not a popular rental item...
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:57 PM
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I like the sound of that... 1000 lbs though, huh???
It's understandable why it is not a popular rental item...
927 total weight the roller is removable that weighs 210.

Mounts on a 3 point hitch and uses the tractor pto.

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Old 03-27-2013, 11:55 PM
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When I am over seeding I always make 2 passes with the aeravator. Guess it all depends on soil type. The clay soils in my area take some extra work esp when there is any moisture. I make my first pass with the tines breaking up the first 1/4in -1/2in of the surface the make the second pass on a diagonal going a bit deeper. I have found that this works best for me and I get much better results. The first two years I had horrible results until I started doing test in ky own yard to see what technique worked best. My 60in w/seed box and roller is very heavy. I've even used it behind my jd5420 on a horse pasture with rye. I normally keep it on my jd 4105
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:24 PM
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I've rented the aeravator in the past but the conditions were always good. For you guys that own them, do you find it hard to get the soil dry enough in the spring to run it? I currently have a befco green rite overseeder but I found a used aeravator and would love to have it and sell the befco. My concern is that I couldn't get out as early in the spring do to wet soil conditions. What are you owners experiencing?
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:20 PM
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Even when the soil is a little moist I believe it still preforms well but not in red clay. If you don't mind the extra time to go over the lawn twice at lower a lower rpm it should do the trick.
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