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Aerator maintenance

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Zed, Apr 10, 2003.

  1. Zed

    Zed LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    I've been put in charge of maintaining 12 aerators for the next month and a half. These machines will do anywhere from 10-30 residential lawns a day, 7 days a week. 2 of them are brand new, 3 of them are about 3 years old, and 7 of them are rentals (look fairly new).
    oil change interval?
    spark plug?
    anything else?

    tia, Matt
  2. Depends on brand-
    Ryans need greased daily. Very important for bearing life.
    Keep an eye on chain tension, oil chain at oil change.
    I change oil at 25hrs-check gear reduction case oil level
    plug at 100
    at oil change check/clean air filter, inspect drive belt.
    Also if using the Ryan 4 you will want to keep a spare throttle cable on hand.
  3. Zed

    Zed LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Awesome Bob, the rentals are all Ryans. Do the throttle cables break easily?

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