own a 42" bannerman areator .what to tow it with?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ant, Jun 29, 2001.

  1. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
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    i got a tow behind /3 pt. hitch aerator few years back and tryed useing a atv to tow it .it was to much for it unit got to hot.now that i got a few large areation jobs i like to get a compact tractor with a loader bucket,pto and 3 pt. hitch. what do you guys recomend? price range?
    something i can tow it with my 6x12 10,000 lbs trailer.
    ant
     
  2. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
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    It's easier to use if it's 3 pt. mounted.

    The CHEAPEST way to 3pt. mount is a JD 318. You can buy a decent one for 2500-3000 (w/ 5-600 hours or so) and the Catagory 0 3 point hitch system is still available. (480.00 installed)

    The next step would be something like Eric has: the JD 430.

    Both the 318 and 430 are discountinued and are replaced with newer units.

    The John Deeres are the only small tractors with 3 pt. hitch capacity that I could recommend.

    If you went to a compact tractor (ie. 1 step up from a garden tractor) then you have a myriad of options, but you start at around 10G's for a Hydro.
     
  3. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
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    kent thanks for the reply.
    i would think that 3pt. hitch would be alot easyer then towing it.
    how small of a lawn can you do with one ,say a lawn with a small degree of diffaculty?
    ant
     
  4. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
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    This spring I tried out using the diesel Chopper to tow mine since it can be used with a tongue or the 3 point hitch. I was able to cut my time in half towing it instead of using the 3 point hitch since I don't have to raise it up to go around obsticles like trees, flower beds, ect. When you use the 3 point hitch, you can not make sharp turns, only gentle ones. Mine has the split axle, so it doesn't tear up turf while I'm turning.

    If I were to do small lawns with several small areas that had side walks and things like that in the way, I would use the 3 point hitch since it would be faster than getting off to raise it. I am thinking of putting a hydralic lift on mine since I can run it off of a hydro pump on the Chopper. BTW, mine is also a 42" that weighs about 300 lbs and I have had 400 lbs of weight on it to penitrate hard ground and I was able to lift it with the JD 430. I hope this helps. I have pictures of it on my equipment page if you are interested.
     
  5. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
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    The towing vs. 3pt. benifit has got to be on big lawns.
    I can't imagine doing small lawns towing.


    Ant, we have a 42", 63" and then the WB'S (Ryan LA 4)
    I use the 3pt. 63" on lawns down to 5m. WB's below than generally.
    We always have a LA 4 on the crew to catch the small stuff.
     
  6. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
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    thanks for your replys
    if you tow ,i think it will be a pain when you have to lift it .(driveway,curbs...
    i need to try my aerator on a 3pt. before i invest in a tractor/loader
    ant
     
  7. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
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    Kent Lawns: I did say; If I were to do small lawns with several small areas that had side walks and things like that in the way, I would use the 3 point hitch since it would be faster than getting off to raise it.

    The Key Word is IF. :)

    I do bigger lawns, so this is why I started using the Chopper to tow it.

    Ant, I have done some very small lawns with the JD and 3 point hitch in the past. It works out good on small ones unless there are lots of obsticles, then a w/b would be much better. Those w/b will wear you out in no time though compared to a tractor. :)
     

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