Home-made core aerator

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by peeklandscaping, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. peeklandscaping

    peeklandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 306

    Hi all,
    wondering if it's possible to make a core aerator to mount onto a mower? I know JRCO makes an aerator that mounts to the front of a mower , as well as the zerator one, but they are like thousands of $$$! Is there a home-made or custom- fabbed option out there for a fraction of the cost? Photos? Ideas? I'd like a front mount one, like the JRCO ones, if possible. I can't use a tow-behind aerator because I have a stander mower.
    thanks for your opinions :waving:
  2. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,648

    I suppose its possible, however the "spoons" are expensive.

    Look into a use one.

    Used blue birds are around all the time
  3. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,062

    I think it is a fantasy many of us have had but very few have been able to realize. As I have gotten older, my mechanical curiousities have become limited to 'things I would like to have that nobody offers' and 'improving things that are so poorly made they are unreliable or not practical for me to use.' Other than that, I tend to just buy equipment that has been proven to work.

    Generally, I have found that 'custom' and 'fraction of the cost' are terms that are rarely used together.
  4. Will P.C.

    Will P.C. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    I think is was about a week ago where someone posted a link to those mounted aerators like JRCO does for 399 made by country zero turn. No idea on the quality though. [​IMG]
  5. Holland

    Holland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 748

    Can you mount one in front of say a 48 turf tracer?
  6. peeklandscaping

    peeklandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 306

    that really looks a bit flimsy. Don't know what it would do in a sharp turn!
  7. FdLLawnMan

    FdLLawnMan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,253

    No way is something like that going to pull enough plugs
    And our soils would just laugh at it.
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  8. ztman

    ztman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,115

    Looks like the spoons are spaced ten inches apart. Plus if you aerated with any speed, I assume it would be like sitting behind a manure chipper
  9. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Ark
    Messages: 4,473

    You can have someone make you a hitch for your stand on. There are some with Z Sprays that have used a tow behind with a custom hitch.

    My experiences with aerators mounted to the front of z turn mowers has not been very good for what it's worth.
  10. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 878

    What is the spacing? How many passes does it take to get 9 holes per sq ft?

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