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    Aerator - Deere Tow Behind Not Pulling Plugs

    Hi guys

    So I have that Deere 48 inch core Aerator toe behind, for my x758

    It doesn’t pull plugs it more just punches holes in the ground, but not pulling clean plugs like I see some do.

    Any suggestions
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    Soil too dry?

    I use the neighbor's and haven't had that issue. I've had it not pull a deep core, but if the spoons go in the ground, they pull a plug...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eire1916 View Post
    Hi guys

    So I have that Deere 48 inch core Aerator toe behind, for my x758

    It doesn’t pull plugs it more just punches holes in the ground, but not pulling clean plugs like I see some do.

    Any suggestions
    Seems like soil condition (moisture/type) would have a huge impact on wether the plugger pulls a clean plug. There's probably nothing wrong with your plugger, try different scenarios like a day after a rain or two days after, add weight somehow etc. There is several experts on pluggers on GTT. They will I'm sure steer you in the right direction.
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    More than likely, the soil doesn't have enough moisture content. Also depending on moisture, you'll need additional weight, but you'll have to experiment with that. Suitcase weights from your tractor work great. Also ground speed plays a big part in pulling plugs cleanly. Again, depending on moisture content and the amount of added weight, adjust your ground speed. Too fast and you'll rip the soil rather than pull plugs cleanly.

    My aerator is obviously 3 pt, but I still have to add weight. I built two boxes to cradle the necessary suitcase weights. You can do the same with a pull behind, if thats what you're dealing with.
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    Not sure its a possibility, but make sure its assembled correctly.
    The spoons should curve the same direction, and that is towards the ground on the leading side of the aerator.
    If they are backwards, they wont pull plugs. By backwards, I mean the mounting.
    Thats assuming, again, that its possible to have it assembled incorrectly.

    There is of course, as others have mentioned, the possibility that there isnt enough moisture in the ground, but if its punching holes, it should be pulling cores, even if they are shallow.
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    Your speed also is a factor, too slow won't plug properly too fast it won't penetrate enough.
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    I have a 48” aerator like that. Speed, moisture and weight all make a difference. For weight I have an old set of cracked plastic covered JD wheel weights and a pair of ‘69 Ford 302 heads (too expensive to rebuild and too old to scrap!) that seem to work well. The ground needs to be damp for the best plugs to pull.

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    Make sure that the spoons are not clogged with dirt
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    Quote Originally Posted by WifeSaidOK View Post
    Make sure that the spoons are not clogged with dirt
    Good point you have to clean the so the dirt doesn't dry. Another thing to ck that causes problems is small stones.I stop every few rounds and clean the spoons to check for stones.
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    Thanks for the thread. I have a CA2072 on order and hope to put it to use before the cold.

    Hopefully there are suggestions on how to use it most efficiently in the OM.

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