I would love to get that one... but damn it's expensive. More apted to get this one.
Tractor 3 point hitch Core Aerator or Lawn Plugger
Travis, any reason you are looking at tow-behind rather than 3pt?What's the best tow-behind plug aerators people are using out there and really like?
I'm debating between the 48" Ohio steel pro series w/ spring tines or the 48" john deere one. Suggestions? Thoughts?
I do have hard clay soil.
Well Travis, since you asked, I think you have given this the thought that it deserves. I do have a couple of comments.What's your thoughts on all this Randy,
I'm looking for a honest opinion and recommendation from some w/ the experience already.
Thanks for your help,
I hear what you are saying and I too like buying new. I do however consider used on items when they appear to be well taken care of and not much can go wrong. I think an aerator is one of those items.1. Price - pull-behind is around $300-500 vs. 3pt is around $1200 and up. And I only like buying things new, so used is kind of out for me. Just that kind of guy. I work hard for my toys so I like to get them new if at all possible.
Loaning out things is just a definite "No-No" for me. Like you said, we work hard for things and I do not buy them for other people to use. Now, mind you, I occasionally will do a job for someone.2. I have relatives that would like to borrow it as well and they have smaller lawn tractors. So 3pt wont work for them.
You are correct, a 3pt aerator is definitely more straight line operation. I find I do not have to do circles around my trees, just a slight course deviation and I am good. I also then do a perpendicular pattern to fill in any gaps.3. I love landscaping and making curves w/ the landscape beds is my desired look, I also intend on planting lots of trees. With a pull behind I can make circles around trees and landscape beds with no problem vs. 3pt it really is only intended for straight line use.
True you can always add weight regardless of the unit type. I think if you get a quality pull-behind you should be able to pull as good a plugs as any other unit.I know the 3pt can probably pull better plugs in harder soil vs. the pull behind but I'm concerned about how much better. Is it double the price better.....
I'm figuring if I pour my own cement block weights w/ handles to sit on the tray of a pull behind I can probably total a weight of about 300lbs. That is taking in the account the weight of the pull-behind + the weights.
You say it did not work well behind the 1025R, did the 1025 have an issue pulling it?I purchased a LandPride CA1556 when I had my 1026R. It worked well as long as the ground was moist. I have since purchased a 2032R and the aerator works much better now, not to say that it did not do the job when I had the 1026R. Here is the specs on the LP: CA15 Series Core Aerators | Land Pride and here is a clip of it in action on the 2032R: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaRDuRx5v4Q The ground wasn't as moist as I would have liked but it certainly got the job done.
I have the same model on my 1025r and it pulls it with no issues. I can run in high range on the flat but on the slopes have to go down to low range.You say it did not work well behind the 1025R, did the 1025 have an issue pulling it?