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What to pull a 42" aerator with?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mowerdave, Aug 21, 2006.

  1. mowerdave

    mowerdave LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    I have a 42" pull behind Lesco aerator that I have been pulling with my Walker MDD mower. I does just fine in I am on the level or going down hill. If I start going up an incline, the Walker will hardly pull it. I am afraid I will tear out the hydro transmision if I don't use something that is more for pulling other than mowing. What does everyone else use for the pull types?
  2. RCA

    RCA LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    I'm wondering the same thing... I'm considering getting either a Bluebird 36" pull behind or either the Lesco Model you've got. I really don't want to spend ten thousand dollars on a compact tractor. I'm assuming you want something that's 42" wide or narrower to pull it with. I asked a similar question awhile back an got a couple of answers but not much detail. I've even considered getting a Home Depot type John Deere lawn tractor just to pull an aerator. I would assume it would take at least a 20hp engine to do the trick. Sorry I don't have an answer for you...but I wanted to put my two cents in.
  3. nbizati

    nbizati LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    I use the yamaha atv for this. I also use for pulling my 65 gal sprayer and snow plowing sidewalks. Basically any 4 x 4 utilty atv with decent hp.
  4. mowerdave

    mowerdave LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    Thanks anyway!!
  5. robertsturf

    robertsturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    I have a 48" trac vac aerator with electric lift that I am modifing to use as a pull behind aerator. I will use my 52" 23Hp Wright Stander to pull it. I have seen a guy here in KC that used his Stander to pull the Lesco aerator. I believe he use a ball and hitch attachment.
  6. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,889

    I pull a 48" behind my JD 737 with a 23 hp. 300 lbs of weight on the tray for penitration, it pulls great up any hill, I put a weight kit on the front of my z to keep it on the ground. Hydros are made to work don't be afraid to use them.
  7. anotherscrub

    anotherscrub LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    What size atv is needed to pull the lesco 42? Do you need a standard 1" hitch receiver on the back?
  8. General Grounds

    General Grounds LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    :weightlifter: we have a 60" lesco tow-behind and we use our dixie chopper with 0 problems, and thats with 250lbs on the tray.

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