stand-on aerator

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by americanlawn, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
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    I simply took an old 36" pull behind dethatcher apart & mounted it to the platform. If you've ever used this type you'll want to know how I plan to clean the tines out efficiently. I simply removed the 3 compression springs & hinged/strapped up the platform out of the way to reinstall the two outer springs with a large fender washer between the spring end & nut. This way when the platform/dethatcher hinge back down to the original flat level the tension pushes the bolt thru the front. Any thoughts on innovations is always appreciated

  2. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hi Adam,

    That looks great!!! Another great idea you've come up with!!!!

    But when I dethatch I use my mower, since I can bag up the loose thatch.

    But in the end, when I talk to the customer I explain the advantages of core aeration instead of dethatching. Very few yards have I've found where they need detaching up here in Northern IL.

    Core Aerate in Spring and then Fall.....and the thatch problem will be gone (98.5% ) of the time.

    But I do like your idea, I just won't know how to pick up the loose thatch/mess with out raking.

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  3. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
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    One big difference is that nothing rots in our Florida sand, rather it acts as a preserver of organic matter & builds up over a short period of time.
    Yesterday we used it for our first dethatch of the season. I had a helper use it & I was on the Walker mower with the front-mount dethatcher & bagging it up. This combo works perfectly since she could get closer & into small spaces that I could not.
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  4. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Now Adam, all you need to do is come up with an add on kit....and sell it on the side. ExMark Stand on 30" De-thatcher Kit. It could lead into other things???

    I think it's a good idea!!!!
  5. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks Rick for the encouragement. I might have a knack for innovation but when it comes to bringing a product to market that's where I run out of steam. It's a realization that I accepted about 10 years back.
    I'll admit that i'm naturally reserved about sharing things openly like this just in case I might actually have a big hit on my hands but then I remember that I don't have any free-time to pursue anything further as it is & that's when I post the concept.
    I'm struggling to make good choices wth trading penny stocks so I try and limit my distractions. I've really got a passion for this trend trading stuff.
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  6. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
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    The tub makes it a quick unload although it could stand to be a little bigger for a one dump & go empty.

  7. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've always wanted to break up the plugs & here's the absolute best way to do. I stand on it like a floating sulky & it works beautifully.

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  8. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I love that idea so much that I may try to make one tomorrow. Do you put any kind of ribbing in it to disperse your weight?
  9. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
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    Nope, it's almost too simple really. Go with 36" wide & no longer than 28" or else it's like a dragon's tale out the back & gets into flowerbeds & curbing when you swing it around. I'm actually going to cut mine down from 36" today now that I have a breather. You may find the perfect size at Lowes/Tractor Supply ready to go. When you want to back into an area just step up on the platform & back up, it glides freely & the D snaps are rigid enough to keep it straight. The sheet lays flat on the trailer deck so storage is no problem, just drive right over it. I tried mounting a shop broom head underneath but when you back off the trailer or on too high of turf things bend/break,,etc.
    Also, when you go from yard to yard just hold up the back since it easily hinges.
    One thing I'm going to look at is a wide-mouth dustpan on the back of it so I can simply sweep the thatch heads into it with my feet or a small broom as I go.
    You can go full speed since the tines aren't down but your forearms will tire almost immediately. Make sure everything is secure & don't snag anything that might cause your feet/body to remain while you do a face-plant into the unit or platform.
    Hope this helps.- Adam
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  10. aeration

    aeration LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 68

    I own a LS stand on. From what I've seen, the "upgrades" on the Exmark are very minor. The machine worked well when David Cook owned LS. Too many people were on the bandwagon giving that company a hard time. Anyway, I'm glad he decided to give all of us a much better method to aerate. Ask yourself what the other companies had been doing for the past 20 years. Milking the cow with all of our (sore) backs.

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