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getting an aerator up a truck ramp ?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by redmax fan, Mar 23, 2014.

  1. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,507

    ive bought a used aerator for my solo stuff on the side away from my business im in partnership with . im not going to use our trailers because dont want to travel all over town hauling them in heavy traffic suburban driving conditions , im building a ramp out of 2x8's and a peice of plywood , it'll be very sturdy so theres no worry there . but i drive a 3/4 ton truck which adds up to it being a steep angle to drag up my old real heavy lesco aerator . so im looking for ideas on how to pull machine up my ramp ? im thinking comealong/winch type deal as of now like in below link . but ive no game plan on how to anchor comealong or what ever other type equipment to truck . in a manner that is removable to prevent it from being stolen or subjected to weather so im looking for ideas ?

  2. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,335

    So you have a lawn care business with a partner that you are competing against in the evenings? Why not add aeration to your business and quit trying to cut corners?
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  3. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,507

    my partner did not want to invest in an aerator or do the extra work or vary from whats been working 15 years . he is content with our lawn route which is all about doing the same simple lawn cutting tasks over and over , high volume with efficient / perfect movements like a factory line . were designed with all our accounts real close and we march right through them like a machine in very quick order . he likes keeping it simple as taught to him by his father , keep it simple and be a master at what your doing . and i cant disagree because we never get bogged down in doing stuff were not perfect at so we lose no time or under bid no jobs . we just keep on flying !
  4. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,507

    i doubt i buy from harbor freight (prob buy craftsman) but at link are the options im thinking of , just the manual ones not electric . ones im looking at : manual hand winch - cable winch puller - strap winch - chain hoist (ive already got a old chain hoist bought at garage sale but ive never used one so dont know their capabilities)- lever chain hoist . link :


    im going to i guess drill through truck bed to anchor a plate in bed to truck frame , then the plate shall have fixtures / threads for which ever type winch to attatch to
  5. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,507

  6. Monroe74

    Monroe74 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    Why not just build a rack to slide in your hitch that would free up bed space for seed and starter Fert?
  7. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,507

    i dont know what you mean by rack ?
  8. bert55441

    bert55441 LawnSite Member
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  9. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,507

    thanx for link . interesting .

    going to visit tractor supply & harbor freight this week
    so i'll check these racks
  10. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,104

    That's a pretty good price ^^^ when you factor in free shipping on such a heavy/bulky item.

    I have the scooter carrier from Harbor Freight and it's PERFECT for hauling my 21" mower and 26" snowblower. (it JUST fits - width)

    I'd have reservations on using it for an aerator, but if the unit isn't TOO heavy, it may work. The Harbor Freight carrier is made of aluminum (bolted to a steel plate/tube) which makes it relatively easy to remove/store. The one you linked is steel and may be better suited for heavy equipment.



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