Plugr aerator tine problem

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by NafzigerLawn, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. NafzigerLawn

    NafzigerLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Has anyone used the Plugr aerators and had problems with the tines not ejecting the plugs? I am in upstate SC and own a PL600. I have also seen other landscapers using the Walker Perfaerator, that uses a Plugr tine system, and they do not eject many plugs either.

    Have any of you experienced this problem or found a solution to it?
  2. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,377

    Stones and clay soils tend to jam up cam style aerators much more so than drum style. You have to have hammer & punch handy and clean those tines often.
  3. NafzigerLawn

    NafzigerLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    I took the tines to a machine shop and got a piece welded in the top of the tine to ramp out the soil slower. This worked great even in clay soil. The only problem was that this brought the cost up to $50 per tine!
  4. scle landscaper

    scle landscaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    i have used a pluggr and used to be a small engine mechanic, alot of times you have to elongate the slots on the sides of the tines because the motor doesnt have enough torq to throw the plugs
  5. jeannewyatt

    jeannewyatt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 86

    run it in sand before to clean the rust from the tines. i picked up this tip from a golf course near by and seems to work for me.
  6. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    never had this issue, but did have an issue withthe tines not raising high enough to do any reverse action and not hit on lips of sidewalks and drives. i did a little fix with new eye bolts and spacers to shorten the cable in effect to raise them higher.

    ever had issues with this?
  7. mds2000

    mds2000 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    how much wear is on the tines i picked up a used lawnair IV last spring and it worked great on some lawns and not at all on others so i replaced the tines total diferent machine now it goes through any thing.
    do not go throuht a normal mower dealer to get them instead find a whole saler that sells them the stuff its like half the price and will only take like an hour to switch over ( its also cheaper for things like flails for a power rake man thoughs are stupid expensive)
  8. froglawn

    froglawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 187

    in hard soils the "cam driven" aerators have more trouble penetrating than the rotary aerators
  9. onebreezer

    onebreezer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 109

    i use a plugr and find that in some soils that are too sandy and dry the soil won't compact into a plug and if it is too clay it might just break up the soil and not pull a plug. usually it pulls a lot of plugs
  10. selaeration

    selaeration LawnSite Member
    Messages: 83

    I have 3 plugrs and love them except for the tines. I buy the split tines with the bird beak, cut them off and weld a piece of threaded rod on it. Works great and lasts a long time. I need to rebuild one of my plugrs as I have worn it out. Great units. Lousy tines

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