Looking for cam-driven 3-point aerator

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by EGL&L, Sep 30, 2005.

  1. EGL&L

    EGL&L LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    Does anyone make a cam-driven aerator for a 3-point category 1 hitch on a compact tractor?
    I thought I had found one, the Toro ProCore 440, but it seems that they have discontinued due to lack of sales.
    Can anyone tell me of another manufacturer?
  2. EGL&L

    EGL&L LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    Does anyone have any input at all???
    Someone please help.
  3. GreenUtah

    GreenUtah LawnSite Senior Member
    from SLC, UT
    Messages: 866

    I think that most of the 3 point aerators that are not rolling corers are hydraulic piston action ones. I think if you google used golf course equip, you'll find more options.
  4. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,413

    Jonn deere may have one or redexum charterhouse.
  5. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 878


    Question: What do you plan to aerate with a tractor mount recip or pistion type aerator? Reason: Most of what you will find on the market (coring type) JD, and the rest are designed for golf courses not lawns? You put a golf course aerator on a lawn and start hitting stuff you are in for alot of problems.

    Tractors have so much power the aerators try to go thru what ever they hit and thus the problem. Some units had slip clutches built in like the old ryan units to protect agains this but they still break alot.

    Unless you have very good ground I suggest you stick to rolling type aerators that will roll over rocks, roots and other hidden stuff you will be hitting.
  6. EGL&L

    EGL&L LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    Thanks for the replies.
    TurfcoBob, as a former golf course Supt., I used a GA60 on my fairways, well most of them. We had a severe problem on a few with underlying limestone.
    For those few, I bought a large Toro Procore, and it pounded through anything!
    Unfortunately the small unit is no longer in production, thus my search. As far as the type of lawn I'll use it on. Most are of good soil condition, with a few having some small shale particles throughout. I just don't like the rolling core aerators, maybe I have been spoiled from the golf equipment that I became accustomed to.
    I have been trying to get top dressing started in my area, and have been slowly picking up customers. I usually use some Zeolite mixed with sand as my material. I am hopeful that next springs results from this falls work will land more customers.
    Thanks to all who have responded. I will continue with my search.

  7. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 878

    You may want to look at the J Deere small 3 points then. they are built good. the same engineer that did alot of the GA-30 and 60 design work went to JD and did aerators there before he moved on. What he learned from the 30s & 60s he put in the JD. they are stout machines.
  8. plateau lawn care

    plateau lawn care LawnSite Member
    from georgia
    Messages: 195

  9. burgundybob

    burgundybob LawnSite Member
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    By 3 point I take it you mean tractor pulled.
    The best I have ever seen and owned is the First Products Aera-vator.It's a segmented, powered, spiker that vibrates and shatters the soil as it rolls over it.
    It is big and heavy, 60 inches, and designed for large areas. They make a smaller 42 inch model that tows behind most lawn tractors and some units can be attached to specific front deck mowers with lift arms..
    What I really like about mine is that it will flat out breakup any and all hard pan it finds. It saves me a lot of time by not having to go back over any areas.
    Since I do not have one of the few mowers that can accept the factory built out front, lift up and put down units, I too am looking for the ultimate small machine for overseeding.
    In Aug. here in Hampton Roads, Va. its hot and the ground is usually like a brick. Light spikers and aeravarors just don't cut it. A slit seeder would be nice, but I wonder if the durability and ease of use are issues. Power aeravators work well but are they the most effective answer.
    I guess there are so many choices I am asking what works for you?
  10. EGL&L

    EGL&L LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    To this point I have relied on aeration and over-seeding. I really haven't come against any hard pan issues to date, and certainly hope I don't. I do sometimes use a topdressing material, depending upon the lawn condition. As I said earlier, I like to use Zeolite, as it increase the Cation Exchange Capacity of the soil, and helps it to adhere water and other nutrients.
    I know on the golf course we would use a Floyd McKay "deep tine" aerator for those applications. It would easily penetrate 8"-9".
    We would also slit-seed certain areas using an OLD Jacobsen unit.
    I have not yet needed or used any of these methods in a residential setting, as the cost is somewhat prohibitive.
    With a good rain like we'we just experienced, I was able to core 2"-3" with a walking Bluebird today. That's certainly adequate to get some good over-seeding done.
    Last weeks jobs have germination today, and I'm sure that todays work will be germinating by this Sunday, thanks to the soil temps of a warm September.
    I don't think I have been of much help with your situation, but I am not experiencing the same type of soil conditions that you face.
    Good luck, and let me know if make a purchase.

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