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Lesco tow aerator

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bob, Jul 7, 2000.

  1. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,261

    To those of you using a lesco 42" tow aerator do you add weights on the top. If so what do you add. I'm thinking of getting one to tow with my gator. My local Lesco dealer has also told me that in the fall they are comming out with a 60" model. It seems a 60" model would be better for me, being that the gator is also 60" wide.
  2. Eric ELM

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

    Bob, It depends on how much moisture is in the ground if you need weight or not. If you get one, I figured out how to use the wheels as guage wheels, so it only goes in so deep. This way if you have hard spots and soft spots on a lawn and have weight on it, it will be consistant on the depth of plugs it pulls. It is a great aerator and I use mine on a 3 point hitch on my JD 430. The 60" sounds nice, I may have to upgrade. BTW, I use 40 lb. suitcase weights from JD for my weight, but anything heavy will do. I have 6 of them and when the ground is hard, I've had all them on plus more. Did you notice the frame of it is solid bar steel? It is very heavy duty and it's made by Classen. This may be more than you wanted, but now ya know.

    [Edited by Eric ELM on 09-14-2000 at 03:32 AM]
  3. Barkleymut

    Barkleymut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,116

    Last fall was so wet around here because of Hurricane Floyd so I didn't need any weight on mine. This spring we had a dry spell and I used 2 bags of lime to give it a little more penetration. This aerator is a horse.
  4. jaclawn

    jaclawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 490

    I just bought one of the above mentioned areators this week. I love it, and I love not having to walk behind a Ryan. Question on the weights though.

    Would it be better to use cases of Round-up, or bags of Sahara to add weight to the unit?
  5. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    I hope you arent serious about the cases of round up,this was a joke right?If not your nuts,what if it spilled?what about careful storage and use of pesticides?These plastic jugs werent meant to bounce around on an aerator,use some sandbags or concrete blocks if you dont have weights.

    BUSHMASTER LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 519

    If a joke i enjoyed it, if not ...theres no such thing as a bad question....
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,489

    I use tube sand. Each bag is 75 lbs., and it's easy to load and unload. Amount varies with ground. My pull behind is a Feldmann turfvent. EXCELLENTmachine, easy to operate, and the raise/lower lever works well right from the operators seat.
  8. Eric ELM

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

    Jaclawn, if you want to use the wheels as a guage so the spoons don't go in to deep, in case someone has an inground fence, sprinkler system that isn't to deep, or what ever, here is what I did. Pull the pins to raise the wheels so the spoons are on a hard surface but don't raise the wheels all the way up and put 2" under the wheel and mark where the center of the spring loaded rod is and drill a whole there, do this to the other side too and then it will only sink in 2" when aerating. I also put in a set of holes at 3" and then all the way up with the wheels is 4". Thought you may like the tip.
  9. jaclawn

    jaclawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 490

    You mean you shouldn't use cases of Round-Up for weight pulling that plugger over someones lawn? It was a joke, although I am sure that there are a few characters out there that would do this.

    Eric- I already had that in the works.
  10. lakegastonla

    lakegastonla LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 296

    I am interisted in the feldman turfvent, too and could you tell me a bit about it, from your experience?? No one around here has heard of them, but you can't beat them for the price.( if the quality is there) Which model do you use?? I am looking at the turfvent 2. It is a pull behind model for a lawn tractor.

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