Rototiller areator??? Winter project

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jimbo, Oct 13, 2002.

  1. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,093

    Anyone ever heard of turning a rototiller into a lawn aerator? I got the idea because used tillers are very cheap, and it seems that all one would have to due is remove the tines and mount a heavy drum with aeration spikes (cores).

    Has anyone tried it? Any problems? Any ideas?

  2. TurfGuyTX

    TurfGuyTX LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW
    Messages: 648

    That's an interesting thought. If I can figure out how to make it work, I'll pass it on to you. Jimbo, my prayers are with you and the rest of Maryland and Virginia regarding the sniper.
  3. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,093

    Thanks Bryan.

    About the tiller, I think I can make it work no problem.

    I was just wondering if anyone else already tried.

    P.S. I got the Mag stuff so you can e-mail me anytime with questions.

  4. Tony Harrell

    Tony Harrell LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 739

    My tiller, Troybuilt, the wheels turn twice as fast as the tines so it would dig like a tiller. I've thoght about it though. It would be a versatile machine no doubt.
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    That is the kind of tiller that I have thought about many times of doing something like this. With 6the Troy-bilt, you would just run the transmission in neutral, and have the tiller engaged.
  6. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Think about how slow it would be. Not to mention the narrow width.
  7. Tony Harrell

    Tony Harrell LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 739

    I never thought about disengaging the drive wheels! It may just work! It still spins fast though. Maybe you could build a velke for it? I know it sounds crazy but, that's how new inventions come about sometimes. Let's keep the comments, ideas coming. For instance, incorporating the throttle with the drive bail like on Ryan or Lesco/Classen models would be a good idea.
  8. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    Sounds like it might work but would be a little slow. This could be the next big lawn breakthrough! Keep us posted on what you find out and try.

  9. Loosestrife

    Loosestrife LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 80

    How many hours do you think that the engineers spent designing, building proto-types, re-configuring... the Ryan, Blue Bird, Classen, ect. aerators?

    It is ALOT more time than you think. They didn't just play junkyard wars and come up with something..

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