chain link fence removal + aeration

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by americanlawn, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Posts: 5,852

    Wondering if you do this???

    Our John Deere w/pull-behind 48" Ryans = 50" width.

    Stand on TORO/Exmark aerator = 47 3/4 ".

    Do you guys ever disassemble a chain link fence in order to aerate a back yard?

    If so, what tools are needed? Open end wrenches, socket wrenches, fence stretcher?

    Any problems doing this? Complaints from customers?
     
  2. jc1

    jc1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,589

    We had a lawn that every week we disconnected the fence to bring in a 60 inch mower.
    A half inch wrench and 2 quick grip bar clamps to stretch it back to re attach the bar for the fence.
     
  3. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Posts: 5,852

    Thanks jc1. Can't believe nobody else has replied. Here in Des Moines, many customers have back yards with small gates. I hate fences in the first place, but having a narrow gate makes little sense to me.

    I figure most of these "small gate" people simply don't care much. Problem is >> we measure gate widths and charge as much as double the price for core aeration. Added to this >> their back yard lawn will usually NOT get the deep plugs that most folks want. (walk-behind vs stand-on with down pressure)
     
  4. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,081

    I once stretched a fence with several bungi cords. If each one pulls 10 pounds, and you put ten on the fence...that is a lot of pulling force.
     
  5. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Posts: 5,852

    Thanks buddy -- been on ebay. Got some fence stretchers on my watch list. Probably gunna buy 2. Cost is about $35 each. They should last for many years.
     

Share This Page