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New Style Pg And Hps Rack.

Runner

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Flint, Michigan
Forget that ratchet strap stuff. that is one of the LAST things I want to be doing or having anyone else do, is handle straps that are covered in chem..
 

Runner

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Flint, Michigan
If you look at the btech carrier, it has the bar that holds the wheel down. That is how we build ours. Once the PG goes up onto the rack, it is held snug by a bar just like that one that goes over the front tire, and when the gate goes up, it holds it snug from forward/backward. Ours has a rail that goes around that is about 10" high, so it is pushed right tight against it though. It also has a solid flat braced floor made out of heavier expando, so it can be used for a slit seeder or anything else, as well. We prefer to put a small gate-lift mechanism on it, also. Our gate ramps are connected by a crossover brace at the end so it stays rigid and lifts as one piece. It doesn't have the bar to hold the ramp up in place,...we use L shaped drop pins. One thing we do also, is that w secure the right end to the bumper to eliminate all teetering. It sts completly straight and solid. Our next one we build, I am going to fabricate a wide u type shaped piece that will hold from the bottom of one end of the carrier to the truck frame - but will be able to quickly unassemble with a simple pin (about a 1/2"). this is just to stop any wobble and teetering. Anyway, If we could make these out of stainless, it would be the ultimate,...but it would be a bit cost prohibitive, I believe. Although, it WOULD be the last one you ever buy.
 
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lawn king

lawn king

LawnSite Silver Member
We will be using the rack for aerators for the most part. The ratchet strap on the rear (hps) hooks through the back of the sulky, the front hooks over the axle, chemical will not be any big issue, the PG may be a different story, i dont know, i dont own one. With the versahaul i can adjust the with of the rack for any machine, in my photograph it is set at 23" on center for my 22 YEAR OLD LESCO 30 that is still out there making lots of $. :)
 

Runner

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Flint, Michigan
22 years old, and still under operation...Now, HOW MANY times has thing paid for itself over and over???? That dog gone machine is so cool...they just "walk". Hey, just a little tip...and this REALLY helps for ease of operation. What I did with mine, is take two old barbell weights and tied them together with a piece of rope. I would hang this over the T bar of the front casters. Yours is a bit different than mine, because yours has a plate on the top (mine is just the T where the sq. tubing is welded. I think it would still work for you, though. This countered it, so you didn't have to lift as much on the handles, and you get MUCH better penetration because of the way the machine is rocked (forward). Try it, and I guarantee you will prefer it. I hope this helps!
 

indyturf

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Indy
22 years old, and still under operation...Now, HOW MANY times has thing paid for itself over and over???? That dog gone machine is so cool...they just "walk". Hey, just a little tip...and this REALLY helps for ease of operation. What I did with mine, is take two old barbell weights and tied them together with a piece of rope. I would hang this over the T bar of the front casters. Yours is a bit different than mine, because yours has a plate on the top (mine is just the T where the sq. tubing is welded. I think it would still work for you, though. This countered it, so you didn't have to lift as much on the handles, and you get MUCH better penetration because of the way the machine is rocked (forward). Try it, and I guarantee you will prefer it. I hope this helps!
I did something similar to my old lesco 30, I attached a 40lb dumbbell with U-bolts where you bolt on the front caster arm, boy did that make a difference! I could take my hands off and it would still go in a straight line and pull 3 inch plugs.
 
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lawn king

lawn king

LawnSite Silver Member
The plate i welded to the t bar does just what you guys are talking about, if you take another look at the photograph, you will see how deep the tines penetrating
 

Runner

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Flint, Michigan
Really? that plate doesn't look like it would be that heavy. I had about 20 lbs on mine, I think.
 
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