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Front mount Aerators ??????

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Five Diamond Lawns, Feb 12, 2005.

  1. Five Diamond Lawns

    Five Diamond Lawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 197

    I do a lot of aerations about 40 a week 6 months a year.
    I've been reading about the front mount aerators and have started researching the possibility of purchasing an small Z machine ( under 36" ) and a front mount for it. I have information on the Gator ( very expensive ) and the Trac Vac ( no idea yet on cost ).
    Anyone know of another front mount out there?
    Anyone running any of the front mounts? I'd love a review :blob3:
     
  2. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    If you are doing over 1000 aerations a year how can you say that an aerator is expensive. Gator will increase production.

    What are you using now?
     
  3. plateau lawn care

    plateau lawn care LawnSite Member
    from georgia
    Posts: 195

    walker brand front mount perferater ... take deck off hook up perferater almost 4ft wide
     
  4. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Posts: 3,256

    Doesn't Plugger have one too? Worth a look.

    And I totally agree with PMLawn, if you were only doing a couple dozen aerations, it would be expensive, but for the amount you're doing........that's like a drop in the bucket ;-)
     
  5. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    Last winter 03-04, they were showing a front mount that had an engine, but I never did see one or hear about one in the field so I don't know if it came out. I've got the PL800 and like it so I was going to check the front mount but bought a Gator instead. I believe it is about 48" and has an electric motor to lower the unit. It works great except you can not turn, only go straight. I also have a pull behind that has independent tine spools and can turn and it will almost get more done than the gator.
     
  6. slow release

    slow release LawnSite Member
    Posts: 94

    I agree with Plateau. The Perfaerator is a great add on. We previously used Ryan 48" tow behind aerators with hydraulic lift. Not only is the Perfaerator faster, but it eliminates the round and round pattern of a tow behind (zamboni style). It pulls good cores and when you're done the lawn is striped up nicely! It does however take some time to grease all the fittings :drinkup:
     
  7. bushtrimmer

    bushtrimmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 351

    I use a Millcreek on a front deck Kubota F3060, great for big areas.
    JRCO makes a good electric lift for the front a zero turn.
    There are a couple of new aerators out now that look interesting, Turfco makes a split drum (great for turning) with a velke like thing. I can't remember the other manufacturer, but there's a stand on hydro that's about 36" wide.
    Also, the company that makes the z-spray, has a new aerator that's the same principle coming out.
     
  8. Five Diamond Lawns

    Five Diamond Lawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 197

    Some good thoughts for me to research.
    To answer the first couple questions I have a couple BillyGoat aerators that I use non-stop, but the idea of a front mount on a Z is intriguing to me. When I say to expensive I am referring to the cost not knowing if it fits my system. Yes if it works I will go out and buy a new 36"or less Z and a Gator aerator and yes it will make me loads of money. I need to see if it works first.
    I do almost all residential lawns 7,000 sq ft or less so a pull behind dosen't work for me.
     
  9. Five Diamond Lawns

    Five Diamond Lawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 197

    This hook aerator that bushtrimmer suggested seem sweet. Has anyone try ed one?????????
     
  10. GrassBustersLawn

    GrassBustersLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 983

    I have a Gator Rator and mount it on a 44" Toro Z-147. I think that mower is probably a little UNDERSIZED for the Gator Rator. I think A bigger machine would handle it better. The mounting bracket for the Gator Rator weighs 110 lbs. Then the tine head itself probably weighs 75 to 100? So you've got alot of weight sitting out IN FRONT of the wheels on the mower. You have to get the hang of handling it as well as lining it up for each pass. Can't area on damp turf as REAR wheels don't get enough traction. I bought a 60" Lazer this winter, I might try mounting it on that and see how it goes. Main reason I mounted it on 44 instead of my 48" Lazer is I get thru more gates that way. There are some "bugs" that weren't worked out of the Gator Rator when I bought it on first production run, but overall, IT BEATS THE HELL OUT OF USING a BLueBird or other walk behind aerator!

    Mike
     

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