How many HP?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jaclawn, Aug 22, 2000.

  1. jaclawn

    jaclawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am faced with a growing number of aeration jobs each year. Waking behind a LA IV gwts old quick. I quiclky browsed the Lesco pull behind unit, and from an initial look, and favorable comments on here, I am leaning twords purchase.

    My problem is that I don't have anything to pull it with. I was thinking of getting a used homeowner lawn tractor to pull it with. This would be the only use for the tractor, a month or two of use per year.

    I don't need a cutting deck, snowplow, just a hitch. I was wondering if anyone out there had any idea of what size tractor I would need, in terms of HP? I don't want to buy anything too small.

    I would love the 3 point lift on the tractor, and certinly any treactor having such mechanism would have capible power to pull the plugger, but those tractors are far and few between, and generally high dollar.

    Is the manual lift on the plugger easy to reach from the operators position?
  2. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
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    How about a used ATV ?
    Could be more fun than a lawn tractor in the off season !

  3. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
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    The ATV is a great idea. It is very versatile so I can see other uses such as pulling a sprayer, pulling a dump trailer for landscaping, as well as plowing snow.
    I would imagine that a guy could write it off also. Its a great way to make 1 piece of equipment do many jobs.
  4. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
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    This is just another case of why don't you guys put where you are from. You don't have to put the town, just a general area. I went to check to see if you were in the Chicago area, because my buddy has an Aeirens (sp) with a 3 point hitch that the mowing deck isn't to good for $450. This would be a perfect tractor for this. You can find a decent tractor if you look.

    The 3 point is nice, I have this setup on my JD with a Lesco (Classen) aerator. No you can't raise and lower it from the seat without a 3 point hitch. It does have a split axle on it so you can turn without messing up the turf as long as you don't try to make a zero turn. Barkleymut pulls one behind his Flatlander Dixie Chopper and I know 2 other guys that have bought the same aerator that had DC's to pull them with. Use the walk behind for small areas.
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Try This site is cool, and you'll find anything you'll need in YOUR area. Aerators included.
  6. jaclawn

    jaclawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Eric- If your friend still has that tractor for sale in the off season, I may be interested in a road trip. I'll check back with you later.

    I am just curoius as to how many HP would be needed to pull an areator. I don't want something that is underpowered, yet don't want to go overboard.
  7. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    I'm not sure what the least power would be to pull it. I know my 20 HP Yanmar diesel doesn't have any problem and I'm sure 10 HP would do it, but if you get a 3 point hitch, you need weight more than HP to handle it when lifting it up. Last fall when I started aerating, I the ground was hard as a rock, but we were expecting one rain storm after another, so I put on 350 lbs of weight on it, plus it weighs about 225 lbs. When I lifted it up, the front of the JD was very light which made the power steering effortless. Under normal conditions, you need little weight to none on this aerator. It worked out great though, we got the rain and the fertilizer washed in the holes and the lawns turned into green plush lawns again. The ones that didn't want aerating, their lawns didn't benifit from the rain as much, because the ground was so hard, most of it ran off. Sorry for rambling, but straight pulling, I feel 10 HP would do it. I have only used the 20 HP JD.
  8. Barkleymut

    Barkleymut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Its going to depend more on the transmission than the HP of the machine. I have the Lesco pull behind that you are referring to and it does strain my DC Flatlander a little. I have thought about doing the same thing as you. I would like to get an old Toro Wheelhorse that doesn't mow but has the 3 pt hitch.

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