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Exmark stand-on aerator = slow up/down

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by americanlawn, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,062

    No kidding.
  2. FdLLawnMan

    FdLLawnMan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,247

    Your sprockets and chain are worn. You should probably replace the complete chain. Lawn Solutions is no more. You will need to call Toro/Exmark.
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  3. Aleman

    Aleman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 204

    Thanks FdLLawnMan but the sprockets and chain are less than a month old. I just replaced them. Im not sure how the Toro/exmarks are set up but on mine the idler sprocket is above the drive chain. I reversed it and put the sprocket below the chain and its now tight and not slipping. Anyone see a problem with doing that?
  4. Service 1st Lawn Care

    Service 1st Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 643

    Hey I say if you reversed it and it's working all the better. So far we have loved our new Toro ride-on we knocked another 13 out this morning in 4hrs.:)
  5. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,954

    Only 4 local Exmark/Toro dealers have ever seen a stand-on aerator at their location (East Des Moines, Prairie City, Clive, and Adel). Only 2 of them have ever sold one (Clive & Adel). Only one has ever worked on one (Clive), but they thought the problem was under inflated tires. So you can see why I am concerned. On the other hand, I trust Mike (owner of Adel Power Equipment).

    FD - we already aerated lawns with irrigation systems & invisible dog fences (before leaves began to fall). Iowa One Call marks lawns once at no charge. To have them do it again costs us big money. Water, electric, sewer = no problem. Phone & cable are a different story cuz they usually don't bury it to code. Often just 1 - 2 inches below the surface. They may use 2 or 3 or 4 flags, but for many feet in between = painted lines, and the lines always "curve". This is why we need to be able to see the painted grass.
    Our aerator initially worked fine. Other than changing the engine oil, the unit is the same as when we got it. Chains are at proper tightness & oiled daily. Adel dealer said we've done a fine job.

    Aleman -- some guys used a lazar cutter on their LS stand-on's. Maybe RABBITTMAN knows why, but I was told it was in regard to drive chains. ???

    DA -- how 'bout them HAWKEYES!
  6. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,954

    Mike -- I am not smart enough to know how to diagnose & work on hydraulic equipment on our aerator, but I will probably eventually figure it out like Bill has done. Bill purchased the 1st LS stand-on aerator. Just like you & I did as A-Team members regarding the T3000.

    I hope you're making good money with you T3000. BTW we run Kevlar belts in our T's nowadays. We have not replaced a (Kevlar) belt all year long. Have a good one buddy. Larry
  7. FdLLawnMan

    FdLLawnMan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,247


    An implement dealer would be able to figure out the hydraulics pretty easy. If I had to call the marking service for every lawn I aerated I wouldn't be aerating. It is not my fault if they did not bury the cables deep enough. Out if all the guys who aerate in here I will bet that very few have lawns marked for anything other than irrigation or underground dog fences, and those are the responsibility of the homeowner.
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  8. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,954

    Mike, I pondered about checking with an implement dealer regarding the hydraulic problem, but I did not want to affect the one year warrantee with Exmark. Lord knows we have dozens of John Deere dealers within a hundred miles of here (50313).
    In my state, we are required by law to contact Iowa One Call. I wish it was not that way, and I know what you're saying. Thanks.
  9. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,954

    Chapter 480 in particular holds us responsible regarding any impact, impairment, penetration of protective coating, housing, or device. We receive notifications (warnings) several times per year regarding this. I wish it wasn't so.

    We were flagged once last year because one invoice did not include the current air temperature. No wonder I'm a Libertarian. America sure ain't what she used to be.
  10. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,280

    Picked up a hard earned win against NW. Wasn't always pretty. Tough one this week against Wiskie.

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