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Cleaning aeration tines

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by m&mmowing, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. m&mmowing

    m&mmowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    does anyone clean the tines on the aerator? There seemed to be a lot of mud and grass on my tines when i got done today. I wonder if it would be beneficial to clean these tines and take the mud out. I realize that that the tines will only get caked with mud again, but if they were emptied between aerating days, will this help the tines last longer and give me a better plug longer? thanks
  2. Dynamic

    Dynamic LawnSite Member
    Messages: 147

    They will clean themselves on the next job. The only way they last longer is if they aren`t aerating stones. Good luck.
  3. TerraTek

    TerraTek LawnSite Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 11

    Cleaning the mud from them doesn't make them last longer. I just give the whole aerator a quick powerwash to keep the garage clean (or wherever you store it)
  4. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,167

    Some older tines won't "eject" the cores well. See Turfco for new tines. I have sharpened my tines with a drill bit until I found out how cheap they were to replace.
  5. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 878

    If you are using the machine daily I would not worry about the tines just power wash the unit. When you put it away for a longer period (enough to make rust) clean them and oil them. The rust pitting the inside or barrel of the tine will ruin them quicker than anything short of hitting a rock. If they are rusty you can go spend an hour in sandy soil to clean them up or you can get a steel bore brush for a shotgun, put it in a 1/4 inch drill and buff the bore with it. Works good done it myself. Keeping them from getting rusty inside is the key.

    Another note: If they are in bad shape what is your time worth. You could easily spend a couple hours messing with them especially if you are going to sharpen them and make them shorter. While you can buy new ones for less that $3 from Turfco. You be the judge
  6. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,167

    Bob, remember when I asked you about this at the MNLA show in January? I'm glad I took your advice and replaced them with new ones. What a diference!!! You da man...

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