aerating medians

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TurfGuyTX, Sep 23, 2002.

  1. TurfGuyTX

    TurfGuyTX LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW
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    Do any of you with a towable aerator do medians. We have 20-30 with 8-10 curbs and I'm wondering if I could pull one of the towables up on the curb without damage. Any info is appreciated.:
     
  2. rvsuper

    rvsuper Senior Member
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    I have a tow behind and I made ramps for it last spring. Take a 2x6 and bevel the edges so the edge of the board lies flat with the street. Do the same thing for the curb too, I don't know what your curbs look like though. But you also have to make them for your mower, atv, etc., whatever your pulling it with. I only do one of these, but I have seen medians in the cities that they have an entrance area for the mowers, so they can drive right on the grass without ramps or anything.
     
  3. TurfGuyTX

    TurfGuyTX LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW
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    These medians don't have any kind of ramps. Making some has been on my thoughts though. I'm not one who likes the thought of getting on and off of the mower dozens of times. Any other thoughts out there? By the way, thanks for responding.
     
  4. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
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    I know you have a towable and you are asking a specific question but would it be worth it to you to get a 3pt aerator or rent one with a 3 pt.
    I own a compact Mits 15HP tractor that I specifically use for aerating and it will climb a curb with no problem. No on and off. Its a Classen split drive 42" from RPM sales. CaptDevo on the board.

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  5. TurfGuyTX

    TurfGuyTX LawnSite Senior Member
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    That's the set-up that would work perfect for this job. I just need to see if I can find anywhere that's rent it. Thanks for your help and the picture.
     
  6. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
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    Man I would love to have a little tractor like that. Does it damage the existing turf at all? What does something like that cost? Can you find them used?

    Sorry for the question bombing
    MATT
     
  7. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
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    I got it off of E-Bay at Thanksgiving of last year. The tractor was 2500.00 but it came with a 48" pto finish mower that I resold for 300 bucks. There are lots of used grey market tractors on the internet and e-bay has its share.
    The tractor has turf tires on it. Some models came with ag tires. These were made in the 80's and I have found it perfect for large area aerating. It gets in spots that are tight also.
    There are other tractor sites on the net also, if you want info on them, e-mail me because I don't want to violate posting guidelines.

    The 15hp diesel is a very strong motor. It doesn't use any fuel at all. I aerated 6 10K lawns that were attatched last spring and used just under a gallon of fuel. It came with about 900 hours on it which isn't much. It can sit all year and turn the key to start. I am going out with it today.
    Definately worth it for me, even if I don't use it much. If I was real agressive in advertising aeration, I could have made lots more than I did.

    Thanks for asking.
     
  8. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
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    Does it have the PTO?

    MATT
     
  9. Rooster

    Rooster LawnSite Senior Member
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    MOW ED

    Nice looking unit!

    Rick
     
  10. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
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    Thanks Rick, I was crusin on her today. Still too dry to pull good plugs yet. More rain comin tonight.

    Walker Talker,
    Yep it has a 3 speed PTO and it works. At this time I don't have a use for it but I am thinking of making a spray unit out of it and use the PTO for the pump. It turns the right way too. You have to be careful with some of the grey tractors as the pto's spin backwards.
     

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