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Old 10-21-2003, 07:14 PM
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Make an aerator for ZTR?

Has anyone successfully fabricated an easy to use (and cheap) coring aerator to put behind or in front of a ZTR mower? I looked at a 42 wide one (used) that is designed for putting cement blocks in for weight and use as a tow behind unit. Seems to me some brackets could be fabricated and an "up and down" lever put on it that could be reached from the seat and use the mower weight to push the rotating hollow tubes into the turf. I already have a trailer hitch receiver (1 1/2 inch) on the back of my ZTR, and could easily make two to put on the front bar to use for solidly mounting a coring apparatus to which would be easy to put on and remove. I missed a used one on EBAY last night....it went for $90. Any pics would be appreciated.......
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Old 10-28-2003, 08:07 PM
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this is not my aerator, a local lco let me take the pic. i will be having an aerator built soon, but not sure of the design yet. he said this thing pulls massive cores (looks like you could grind meat) you have to turn it over in order to transport it by the wheels. not wild about that but it looks simple to build.
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Old 11-11-2003, 09:18 PM
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Wow....thats a beast!! But I have to admit...its pretty much along the lines of what I was thinking about fabricating, but just on a bit of a smaller scale so that storage and moving it around without the machine would'tn be such a problem. I'd like to see more of the mechanism that drops and lifts it though....
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Kawasaki 26A edger and trimmer echo blower w/gutter cleaner
Troy Built 33 inch mulcher WB (POS) 22" 6.5 hp Toro mulcher
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Old 11-11-2003, 10:36 PM
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It looks to me like you would be the lowering mechanism. i believe you need to flip it over to switch between aerating and transport. Thats what I dont like about it. Again its not mine just a pic i took.
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Old 11-12-2003, 06:54 PM
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I was thinking of something along those lines with an eliptical shaped slot on the sides of the mechanism to act like a camshaft...thereby when you lift the lever a bit and go forward it would drive the mechanism downward in the slot as you go forward. Therefore...reversing would take the weight off it and you could lock the handle in some kind of position to allow you to turn and operate the machine to get in line for the next line of aeration. I already made 2 receiver brackets that are mounted on the front crossbrace of the machine...they fit a standard 1 1/2 sq. male piece thats used for automotive trailer hitch balls. I sometimes use it for moving trailers around .....
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