Z plug issue

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by jbturf, Oct 1, 2009.

  1. jbturf

    jbturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,404

    today aerating a very thick lawn, fairly new constuction good soil,
    one of the tine wheels locked up 4 times on me while aerating.

    it takes me a moment to notice when this happens, and i end up dragging
    2 tines several inches in the ground for several feet--doing some nasty destruction to the turf,
    this also happened to me last year on a sodded lawn

    i cant see anything wrong with the aerator head
    any one else have this issue?
    what should i look at
    thanks
     
  2. RABBITMAN11

    RABBITMAN11 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,370

    Sounds like you might have gotten a rock stuck in it. How old is your unit?
    Check the bearings, and make sure you keep the grease fittings lubbed.
     
  3. jbturf

    jbturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,404

    just turned 40 hours thurs
    anyway, i will regrease it
    and check things over again

    thinking about it now,
    on the very thick lawns i aerate i notice it pulls many of the plugs with a tuft
    of turf sticking out the top

    maybe this bit of turf and debri accumulate between
    the tines and the top frame of the aerator and bind it up

    ive never had an issue like this with tow behind or 3pt style
    aerator units or tine driven units obviously
    i wonder if driving the unit in front in
    stead of pulling it behind is contibuting to this

    thanks for the reply
     
  4. jbturf

    jbturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,404

    think i found the problem
    when i got my Z plug new last fall,
    i found out the hard way that some 1 at LT
    only started the nuts on the bolts on allALL the tines
    1st lawn aearated i lost like ten tines in a 60k lawn
    took an hour to find them all--
    anyways
    guess i should of checked all the other fasteners
    the axle the tines ride on is loose and slopping side to side,
    when it slops all the way to the left side the bolt heads securing the tines
    actually are catching on the frame of the aerator head as the tines rotate

    it has made this odd clickety clack sound since new, now i know why

    wonder now if i gotta put a wrench to every nut and bolt on the machine

    problem solved
     
  5. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 5,137

    SOME TIMES THE TINE AXLE WILL SLIDE TOWARD THE CENTER AND THEY LOCK UP ON THE FRAME
    HAD THIS HAPPEN TO ME ON THE WAY DOWN A HILL RIPPED THE WHOLE SPOOL OUT OR THE CARRIAGE AND DROVE OVER IT:dizzy:
    BUT THAT IS ALL FIXED NOW SO CHECK THE CARRIAGE TO SEE IF IT IS RUBBING.
     
  6. turfsolutions

    turfsolutions LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 852

    Been operating one for 5 years now. Make sure you tighten the tines every 10 hours or so of use so you don't lose tines all over the place. Like Dusty said, the head will slide. Tighten the hex bolts that attach the tine axle to the head frame. They will slip and cause the bolts on the head to catch the frame which will lock up the tines. A better design would help this problem, hint hint. It is a great machine though.
     

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