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My Brand New & Modified Aerator.

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by gl1200a, Jul 2, 2005.

  1. gl1200a

    gl1200a LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 512

    I did quite a bit of research on an aerator before I made a purchase. I wanted a dependable unit with greasable zerks and also had a motorized lifting mechanism without spending upwards of $1900.00. I wanted to have a unit that would be cost effective in the first season. What I ended up with is a Turf Vent aerator that comes with a very solid heavy duty frame and zerks for the shaft and the wheel hubs aswell. I found the unit for about $225.00 off of list from a distributor (from Arizona) and paid $499.00 delivered. Then I used an actuator arm in 12 volts and fabricated a framework out of steel with the guidence from a very dedicated friend of mine since high school. With the help of some very knowledgeable folks here on Lawnsite.com I was able to figure out the wiring and switch system.

    http://www.wikco.com/Turfvent.html -- Here is the original unit.

    Aerator III.jpg

    Aerator I.jpg

    Aerator II.jpg
  2. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,905

    That's mighty fine ingenuity there.. Let us know how It performs.
  3. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386

    How about some close-up pictures.
  4. stevesmowing

    stevesmowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 847

    looks nice. I have been looking at getting into aeration. I was looking at the gator rotor b/c you can get close where a tow behind can't but the price on yours looks more attractive. How does profits compare to aeration vs. mowing? Is it a good investment?
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Sorry but I don't feel that tow-units do near as good a job as full-size walk-behind aerators, like a Classen Ta-26. To me a tow-behind is the lazy way out, and you get what you put into it - No muscle, no real aeration. Walk-behind aerators pull better plugs, they all do.
  6. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386

    ....but are you going to walk large acreage lawns.
  7. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386

    The Turfvent Aerators are well built for the price. But you have to put quite a bit of weight on them to pull nice plugs. I have the 48" model Turfvent and was just curious if your lift system works with added weight too.
  8. iluvscag

    iluvscag LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 743

    I like the L.T. Rich Aerators. :)
  9. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

    How bout some pictures where I can actually see what it is I'm looking at.

  10. gl1200a

    gl1200a LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 512

    Hey Topsites...I'm 50 yrs old with a bad back and have worked a very hard and profitable life so if I want to sit down to mow and aerate I think I can handle that without being called lazy. And as DLCS added I do only large acreages and don't have time to do 28" at a pass all day long. I actually retired at the age of 42 and do this for some exercise and to keep myself (part time) busy. You should get to know more about a person before you do any name calling. Oh sorry... I just read you quotes on your avatar. Now I understand your disability.

    Also for DLCS this is the same exact actuator arm used on the Gator Rator with 600 lbs. rated force and that lifts the entire front of a ZTR off the ground for weight bias. If that fails I can move up to the 1200 lbs. arm for $99.00. I weigh 260 and it lifts me up and down with no trouble so we'll hope for the best!

    My only problem is that it is so....s-l-o-w. The arm can go anywhere between 12 to 36 volts and I wonder if the arm would move at a faster pace if the voltage was up'ed. Now just to find someone smart enough to give me an answer and to tell me where to find a voltage inverter for a fair price. I looked online briefly and wasn't able to find an interter so far.

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