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need some help in trying to find the measurements of the weight boxes that are to go on this aerator.

i could of swore i saw some measurements of these boxes, somewhere-jd parts--or in a brochure-:dunno:i have been looking for a while this morning-but no results.

jd wants almost $400 a piece for them. not gonna pay that much--unless GFP's has one heck of a sale this summer:laugh:

youngest boy is planning to weld me a set up, once i find the measurements for them, if there really is any to begin with.

jd parts says 3 different size of ones, but then there is a 48inch, a 60 inch and mine 72e. i'm wondering the bigger aerator, the higher the box is ? pretty sure the frames are all the same width..

thanks-big Jim
 

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You are not going to want to use the weight boxes every time you use the aerator. As someone who has a 60" core Aerator from Frontier, I highly suggest you try the aerator without the weights first. The weight boxes are very hard to move by yourself due to the weight and they have no other use.

Instead, I hang the suitcase weights on the Aerator frame when I need them and then I can remove them and use them for other ballast needs. Before you go to the trouble to make the weights which you will need to use pallet forks to set on and off the aerator, I would suggest you try it first without the weights. If it plugs 2.5" to 3", that is ideal and if the ground is damp, I pull 4" plugs all day long without the weight.

The whole point is to provide the grass roots with oxygen, nutrients and to de-compact the soil. Any deeper than 3" is largely unnecessary as its already past the grass root structure.

As someone who uses the core aerator quite a bit, I would strongly suggest using it without the weight boxes as you are likely to find you don't even need them. The aerator weighs about 550 pounds without the weight boxes if my memory serves me.........which it usually does.
 

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I have to agree with Sulley. I just purchased a Land Pride CA1548. Now I realize there's a big difference between a 48" and 72" aerator, as mine only weights about 150 lbs. I loaded it with 320 lbs of suitcase weights after Monday night's rain and had no problem pulling 3" cores. If the ground has sufficient moisture you might not need as much weight as you think. Soil moisture content is more important than weight, as too hard of ground and too much weight can bend the coring spoons.

In a nutshell, I would do some experimenting first.
 

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Find some milk crates, line with heavy plastic, then fill with concrete making sure to leave the handles accessible. You now have cheap portable weights.
 

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You are not going to want to use the weight boxes every time you use the aerator. As someone who has a 60" core Aerator from Frontier, I highly suggest you try the aerator without the weights first. The weight boxes are very hard to move by yourself due to the weight and they have no other use.

Instead, I hang the suitcase weights on the Aerator frame when I need them and then I can remove them and use them for other ballast needs. Before you go to the trouble to make the weights which you will need to use pallet forks to set on and off the aerator, I would suggest you try it first without the weights. If it plugs 2.5" to 3", that is ideal and if the ground is damp, I pull 4" plugs all day long without the weight.

The whole point is to provide the grass roots with oxygen, nutrients and to de-compact the soil. Any deeper than 3" is largely unnecessary as its already past the grass root structure.

As someone who uses the core aerator quite a bit, I would strongly suggest using it without the weight boxes as you are likely to find you don't even need them. The aerator weighs about 550 pounds without the weight boxes if my memory serves me.........which it usually does.
for now i have cement blocks on, and an old wheel weight that my dad, way back when i was a kid, and we had a billy goat:laugh:

he used the wheel weight to tie the billy goat while he would eat that area, then my dad moved him. i saved it all these yrs, so i used it for a weight.

SB-i have a small jd suitcase weight, i tried to hang it off the angle rail, but i think the angle iron is too short in height, so i used a small strap and tied it on. put it in the middle, then blocks and cast weight on the sides, first time doing yard, which was a cow pasture back in the 60's, its hard- got plugs some places, some so not good. but it worked A-OK i think, but yeah i tried it empty--no go.
show me a pic of how u hung ur suit case weights, maybe i'm missing something on my aerator:dunno:its brand new-just a leftover from 2015 is all.

i will see how good the milk crates fit-if fit is good- i might try that-thanks KenndyD:good2:

as far as lifting them weight boxes on and off--i have a engine crane i can use--i can use the loader if i have to-but yeah i thought about what if i don't need them full of sand all the time-:dunno:what do i do then--take half the sand out and store the sand in 5 gal buckets, till its needed--ahh-sounds like a lot of trouble just to go plugging:laugh:

i like the suticase weights the best-and i would buy a dozen of them to use-and easy on or off-but i need to see how they can be hanged off the angle iron rail first--maybe have the boy build the rail up-IDK:unknown:
 

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SB---here's a pic of my weight's i stuck on to plug the yard.
does ur aerator have a extra bracket u bolt on to hang the suitcase weights on-something like what Herm has on his woods model.:dunno:
or do u just let them hang off the angle iron kinda at a angle-i thought they might fall off like that, not being locked in some??


this pic for all the nay sayers who thought i was holding out on em:lol: i took a lot of heat over making the road trip and all, and not saying what i went for:lolol:but jeepers when i got back i had a band of gypsies here wanting to paint every shed i had here, and just let me say they are no residential painters what so ever. they should stick to barns and silos, and of course roofs--where only people in these can look at there finished product:airplane::mocking:
but the old shed needed new paint, and them fellas wasn't afraid to climb, that's for sure--they sure didn't want to use painters tape to mask windows--just there pieces of cardboard to spray around:banghead::lol:

i'm happy-the wife is happy--so all is well. they even stopped at some of my relation, and painted their shed-well garage too:laugh:
but there way older-so their eyesight is worst than mine is.:mocking:
 

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Here's my solution for extra weight on my new core areator. I built two wooden boxes from scrap 3/4" plywood, that sit on the aerator's weight racks. The boxes stabilize the suitcase weights, keeping them in place. Each box accomodates three 42 lb suitase weights. If I need more, I can put more weight in the middle rack. Tried it out today and it worked great.
 

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jdforever---:bigthumb: now that's thinking outside the box:lol: i like it! good way for me to get more weights for sure. thanks!
 

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jdforever---:bigthumb: now that's thinking outside the box:lol: i like it! good way for me to get more weights for sure. thanks!
It is a great idea. But I think that is exactly the definition of thinking inside the box.:laugh:
 
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