new aeration machine

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by James Cormier, Sep 22, 2004.

  1. James Cormier

    James Cormier LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
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    Here it is, the new set up

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  2. turfsurfer

    turfsurfer LawnSite Senior Member
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    That looks nice. I've never used a 3-point hitch setup. What are the advantages/disadvantages? Can you make turns whike aerating? Are you still using your other rig or is that the same aerator configured for 3-point? Alot of money being left on the table here while I look for the ideal setup. First year I haven't seen hardly any aeration advertising around me. Maybe the lowballers found out it was too much work for the pitance they were charging. I want to have a solution by next season.
     
  3. grassguy_

    grassguy_ LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
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    James,
    Thats i's a real nice set up, should bang out big time thru the fall with that. I had a three point hitch set up but went back to the tow behind becuase of the ability of turning easier. Either way, with the small tractor they're a great money maker! I got a plugr walk behind for small yards for this year, man does it do an excellent job, even with hard ground it runs like a babboon in heat, plus it manuevers(sp) nice.
     
  4. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
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    We have a couple of different aerator setups. We have a front mount one for the Steiner 4x4, a pull behind with hydraulic lift for it and a 3 point hitch one for our Ford 1520 compact tractor.

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  5. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
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  6. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
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    James, you mind me asking what that tractor set you back? It looks smaller than most tractors...just what I need!
     
  7. James Cormier

    James Cormier LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
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    This tractor cost 14k, with a 54" deck, front loader, Cat 1 3 point hitch. This machine works awesome on most lawns for core aerations. .

    The aerator is the same one most have you seen that I pull with a wright stander. There is just 2 bolts and one bar to remove and the 3 point hitch pins are all ready on the aerator.

    I can turn with the aerator down, however its wide turns, I just did 6 soccer fields and never raised the tines. Because its Hydro, ( push forward on pedal to go forward and back to back up ) its so easy to raise turn and drop.

    I carry the bar with me so its very easy to switch to a pull behind.

    I plan on getting a small vicon hopper, this will make my large properties some what easier to do, then the PG.

    I also have a large lawn, and many maple trees so I needed to get something better to do my mowing. Thats how I explained it to my wife :)
     
  8. James Cormier

    James Cormier LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
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    BTW, that is the smallest tractor you can get with a 3 point hitch and rear pto.
     
  9. tremor

    tremor LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Sweet. I didn't know Kubota had a 3-pt hitch tractor that small. Perfect for bigger lawns & athletic fields.
     
  10. HBFOXJr

    HBFOXJr LawnSite Bronze Member
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    And if one were to put a canvas drap a few inches wider than the aerator and around the rear of the spreader there sould be no seed in shrub and flower beds.

    What model Kubota?
     

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