Originally Posted by mtdman
The ground was plenty wet last year, we got rain all spring and fall to the point I barely got any aerations in last year. And yes the weights are installed.
The compacted soil in the spoons, to the point that the plugs weren't falling out, really bothers me.
Look at this. the cutting edge of the tines has a seam along the back where the tines are folded together during the process of manufacture. If there is a gap (however small) in this seam the fiber portion of the plants will hang up in the gap. This makes the machine tend to walk along the top of the lawn as it takes a considerable increase in weight to force the tines in the ground when this happens. This is caused when the tine is not properly folded so ther is an overlap at this seam to close it off. Usually a cheaper tine. Normal manufacturing requires a minor overlap and then machining of the sharp end to give it a good cutting edge. Another problem that may come up is if the sharp end of the tine is not machined it can tend to force more dirt into the barrel of the tine than the barrel will accept and then plug it.
Usually it is the gap getting grass in it that starts the plugging process.
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