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#1 Utah Smitty OFFLINE  

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Posted June 29, 2013 - 11:43 PM

In the past, I would rent an aerator in the spring, and do my yard and some of the neighbors. In addition to the 80 bucks to rent it, I generally ended up with an aching back, and sore muscles.

 

I just bought a JD420 that came with several implements--including an aerator--my wallet and my back rejoice!!

 

The PO made a neat modification to the aerator.  It is a Brinley, and used to have two wheel-barrow type wheels that you pulled down, thus raising the spikes when moving.  However, it's a pain backing it up, and pulling the lever when you cross a sidewalk, etc.

 

His modification was to set it up for a 3 point hitch, but also to put a swivel in it so it follows the tractor around like a trailer--saves on wear and tear on the aerator.

 

Here are some pictures:

 

JD420 AERATOR.jpg   JD420 AERATOR 2.jpg IMG_20130629_165044_152.jpg

 

It works very well.  The only shortcoming is that it tends to swing to one side when it is raised, but that could be corrected by putting some stops on it--in addition to balancing out the weight on it.

 

FWIW,

 

Utah Smitty


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Posted June 30, 2013 - 05:01 AM

That's pretty neat!


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Posted June 30, 2013 - 05:45 AM

That looks like it works really well and your back will be thanking you. Maybe a couple of extension springs or rubber hold down straps attached to either side of the aerator and attached to the hitch would provide enough of a centreing force to keep it from going sideways when raised but still allow it to pivot when turning. 


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Posted June 30, 2013 - 05:53 AM

Pretty slick set up !
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Posted June 30, 2013 - 10:10 AM

That looks like it works really well and your back will be thanking you. Maybe a couple of extension springs or rubber hold down straps attached to either side of the aerator and attached to the hitch would provide enough of a centreing force to keep it from going sideways when raised but still allow it to pivot when turning. 

That's a good idea!!!  I'll have to try it.

 

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