What tow behind aerators are you using and why?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Pilgrims' Pride, Sep 25, 2005.

  1. Pilgrims' Pride

    Pilgrims' Pride LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA.
    Messages: 481

    The title says it all.
    I've got a z-spray w/17 horse kawisaki and I want to pull an aerator with it.
    I'm told it can be done easily.
    Any thoughts or suggestions?


  2. Pilgrims' Pride

    Pilgrims' Pride LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA.
    Messages: 481

    No one uses a tow behind?
  3. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    wait a minute.....if a do it I use a tow behind. But I don't do much.

    A 3 point hitch one or a walk behind seem to be more effective.

  4. GreenUtah

    GreenUtah LawnSite Senior Member
    from SLC, UT
    Messages: 866

    It's generally not about the hp of the engine, but the transmissions ability to take the load that comes into play. Also, the weight of the tow vehicle plays an important part in getting the traction you need. Tow Behind aerators aren't a rolling load. There is much resistance to overcome as the tines punch the earth then are pulled back out with the forward motion. I learned this the hard way using my dad's 20 hp Deere tractor at his house with a 60" classen, trying to be lazy and not take up my usual towing units to do an aeration on his 25k of turf. The Deere towed it around on the wheels just fine, but once I dropped the tines, it wouldn't move. Removed all the weights and I could get it going, but not go up hills without losing traction. It did not punch deep cores this way, got the tractor very hot and stripped turf where the wheels slid. A smaller aerator might work better and welding a hitch to just about anything is no trick, but think hard about the wear on your unit and whether maybe just renting an ATV might be a better option.
  5. lush&green

    lush&green LawnSite Member
    Messages: 185

    We just got a 48" pullbehind from lesco. We had a hitch welded to our exmark lazer z and it works awesome. Cost $1500 but has made us a ton more $$ with out much walk behind action. I I can do 60k hour I bet.

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