Can I modify my existing equipment into an aerator?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by yungman, Jan 12, 2008.

  1. yungman

    yungman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Calif.
    Messages: 1,274

    I need to aerate and dethatch my lawn. I don’t want to buy a Mantis type of tiller if it is possible because I have only one lawn, only need to do it ones every few years. I want to see whether anyone have any ideas to micky mouse what I have to do the job. I have a Honda HHT31S string trimmer with cutting saw. I have a Poulan HDF550 front tine tiller. Two possibility to go:

    1) Modify the ones I have: I have been looking at Poulan site to see whether they sell the Aerator tines but don’t see any. Any substitution or modification I can do to make it an aerator? Also the Honda trimmer can adapt a round saw, can I buy a saw with larger teeth and just cut lines into the grass. From what I see the normal aerator, they seems to just cut lines into the lawn so stuff can go into the soil easier. Is that possible?

    2) If the above is not possible, the next thing I wound consider is the get a combination type like the Stihl KM tools. I need a hedge trimmer also, so if I can modify the cultivator attachment to become an aerator, than it is worth considering to buy a combi tool to get a hedge trimmer and aerator. I don’t see any have option of changing tines. Any suggestion? I must get a combi tool that give me the shortest extension on the hedge trimmer.( minimum length on the extension of the hedge trimmer attachment.).

  2. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    Check with your local equipment rental stores, I just don't see the investment for once every couple years. JMO....
  3. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,986

    The most effective aeration is core aeration, this requires a lot of weight. I wouldn't Mickey Mouse your time away trying to re-invent the wheel and trying to weave turds into gold. Just go to a local rental place and rent a Ryan, Plugr or Bluebird aerator. It will do a good job and they each weigh about 300#, so you'll get good penetration.
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Yeah don't fool with it, rent a machine for that and you're done, at least for your own lawn this is about the most practical and efficient way.
  5. yungman

    yungman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Calif.
    Messages: 1,274

    I went to a dealer to look at one aerator and realize it is so different, I looked at the picture of a Mantis mini tiller with the aerator atachment, it looked like a normal tine except the ends are straight instead of L shape that dig up the soil. That's the reason I thought it only cut a line on the grass to open a crack for stuff to go in. When I see the real aerator, I know right away it is not easily done.

    Why Mantis call it an aerator tine? Fool me totally thinking that there is a way.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I never did figure that out, this thing about both tillers and aerators having tines :laugh:
    Yes it is confusing, I agree.

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