would this be a good aeration machine

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by grass disaster, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
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    i have a 318 john deere i was thinking about putting this aerator on it.

    i would have to but a 3 point hitch for about $400

    this aerator is 40" and costs about $600

    i can't see spending $5000 on a plugr or something just to work my azz off and bounce around.


    would this be a good set up?

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  2. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
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    here is a picture of the tractor like i have. my mower is not in this nice of condition by the way :(

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  3. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
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    here is a picture of the 3 point i would have to install

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  4. All-Pro LawnCare

    All-Pro LawnCare LawnSite Member
    from NC
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    Yes, but for a pull behind I would go larger than 40". How much does the aerator weigh and how much can your 3pt lift?
     
  5. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
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    people over in a jd forum say the 3 point can lift 500# but i personally think that that would be pushing it.

    so you think you would go with a 48"???
     
  6. All-Pro LawnCare

    All-Pro LawnCare LawnSite Member
    from NC
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    I use a 48" Bluebird and wish mine was wider. My local dealer had the one you are looking at on display. Looked pretty good and about half the price of the bluebird. I over lap my passes to get more cores, so the extended width helps.
    Have you priced that 3pt yet? $$$$$
     
  7. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
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    under $400 new on ebay
     
  8. ncls

    ncls LawnSite Senior Member
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  9. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
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    If I remember right the 318 I think I would stick with a 40 inch. If it was a 420 or something I would go with a 48" I think that is personal preference though.

    The big question would be what would it all weight with weights added? And how would that compare between 40" and 48".
     
  10. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
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    i think it would be a big difference. the added tines would make it harder to get a deep core out of. i would estimate the 48" would be about 50- 75# heavier, which could make a big difference on a small tractor.
     

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