Your Machine Is IN...

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Rick13, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks & for everyone else: I called & they recommended Locktite on the set-screws after centering shaft.
  2. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a recall that I got last winter for the ExMark 30" riding aerator. I thought it was something to do with the shaft? I need to take it in....once Spring is over and Summer is here. Besides....the ExMark is running I can't afford to have a few days down in Spring.....Summer....well that's a different story!!!!

    Then get ready for Fall Core Aeration!!!!
  3. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
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    Would anyone else like to have the plugs split or fragment as it drops? If they were 100% soil and no root matter then we could probably just attach an arrowhead opposite the spoon opening & as it dropped it might break up well. Thoughts besides raking? Last week I put the hitch of a 50" Agri-fab lawn sweeper around my Exmark 30"'s standing platform & dropped a screwdriver thru to hold. As long as I was going fast enough it seemed to break up the zoysia plugs pretty well. I'd rather have a 12volt spinning brush tucked up & underneath the platform instead 'cause there's no backing up that dumb sweeper. Thoughts?
  4. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Adam, why not use a drag mat? This way you will break up the plugs and when the mat gets would be easy to clean. I think a drag mat would work very well with your aerator.

    Here's a nice one at The have different sizes...but I think a 3 ft wide by 5 ft long would work amazing!!! And it's only $125.39 with free shipping.
  5. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
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    Can anyone remember the thread where a guy put smaller drive tires on our machine? I know I just glazed over the thread but now that I'm needing to squeeze into smaller areas I'd also like to streamline the unit.
    Thanks- Adam
  6. stevesmowing

    stevesmowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    Anyone try this yet? I am thinking about bitting the bullet and getting the ex mark 30" stand on. I wonder if the drag mat could be an extra add on if the customer. Charge them an extra $20 to pull the drag matt behind the machine. Only down side I see is trying to back up. Maybe put it on after making 3 passes around everything first?
  7. Efficiency

    Efficiency LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 6
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    should be doing ~1400 aerations this fall. no better way then these.

  8. FdLLawnMan

    FdLLawnMan LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Efficiency, how do you get people to buy into that many aerations? I give discounts, send out promotional material and still find it a hard sell. Three of those is awesome.
  9. RodneyK

    RodneyK LawnSite Senior Member
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    Drag mat works most of the time. If grass is super thick and taller it won't. The cores will stay on top of the thick grass and won't break down. Have not tried to weight down mat, that might help on thick lawns.

    If lawn is thin and needs to be over seeded we aerate three passes, put down seed and drag may it in. By time we are done cores are busted up and seed has excellent soil contact.
  10. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 625

    Anyone know the part number for the grey plastic cap that covers the foot switch #31-9664 on the floor plate? This is the switch you step on with your right foot for tines down. Went with ebay for the new switch & now just need the cover. Made by Delta Systems.

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