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    Default 3 Point Plug Core Aerator

    I am looking at getting a 3 point Plug style aerator for my montana 3644 tractor and noticed that there are quite a few 3 point units available. I have a large lawn 2.5 acres plus an additional 2 acres of pasture with clay soils

    I was wondering if anybody has one and what there experiences are with the units. Do they make good cores and aerate your lawn properly? What brand unit and what size do you have?

    I also noted there are variations in price from 3-4 hundred to $3000 plus.

    I noticed Sever on Ebay for about 600-1000.

    Does anyone have one of these?

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    Platinum Member jgrreed's Avatar
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    Default Re: 3 Point Plug Core Aerator

    I've been looking too, and have found the same as you. Some are $500, some are $4500. I cannot imagine how Woods/Frontier/etc justify $4500 for something that does not have several hydraulic cylinders, a gearbox, or doesn't make you lunch while you work!!!

    The real cheapie's tend to be solid spikes, which actually compact your soil more that aerating it.

    This one seemed to be the best value IMO:

    KODIAK MFG., Inc.

    Open the PDF document, they do show a 'plug' style in there. The disadvantage that I see on this one is that with the solid drum if you hit a rock with one side of the machine, it'll lift out almost the whole unit. The Woods, etc are on independent 'wheels' that will jump up independently, and turn at different rates. I think I was quoted ~$1100CDN on that one.

    Hard to justify buying an aerator that you'll use twice a year for more $$$ than the mower you use 20 times a year!!!

    -Jer.
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    2005 JD 4720, 400x loader with bucket, bale spear, pallet forks, Markham LD grapple, Markham snow blade, Schulte BX 74 snowblower, Caroni 1900 flail, 8' Aerway, 3rd SCV at rear, hydraulic toplink from CCM, LED lights front and back, added EH hydro circuits, big pile of 3pt implements.
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    Default Re: 3 Point Plug Core Aerator

    Actually, the best value was a plugger made by Kioti, but I can't seem to find one. It had independent 'wheels' and looked pretty good. It was a little more that the Kodiak, but within reason. I've been told that Kioti has gotten out of making them?? Can anyone comment of this??

    -Jer.
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    2005 JD 4720, 400x loader with bucket, bale spear, pallet forks, Markham LD grapple, Markham snow blade, Schulte BX 74 snowblower, Caroni 1900 flail, 8' Aerway, 3rd SCV at rear, hydraulic toplink from CCM, LED lights front and back, added EH hydro circuits, big pile of 3pt implements.
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    PTO hydraulic pump to run custom fab'd hydraulic snowblower, broom, weed wacker, or PHD. Side link from MtnView Ranch....

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    Default Re: 3 Point Plug Core Aerator

    This is the best deal I have seen on one that looks reasonably well made.

    PRO-AIRE Core Aerator
    Kubota Grand L3240HST, LA724 FEL with QA, 72" QA bucket, Turf Tires, QA snow plow, QA Loader Buddy, Bradco Pallet Forks, Leinbach 72" pine straw rake, GroundWorks brush forks and Kubota L series ballast box.
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    Stihl stuff

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    Default Re: 3 Point Plug Core Aerator

    Check with your local tractor dealer. Mine actually will rent aerators, seeders, discs, etc. I take my trailer, pick it up, use it for a day and return the next. Much cheaper then buying when I only need it once or twice a year.
    Grand L3940 HST, Wallenstein BX62 chipper, Woods GTR72 tiller, Woods BH90-X backhoe, 724 FEL, forks, 1000lb PTO rotary spreader, Woods PRD8400 finish mower, Leinbach 7' landscape rake, United 7' box blade, Pequea 80 bushel manure spreader, Woods 7' Brush Hog.

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    Default Re: 3 Point Plug Core Aerator

    Quote Originally Posted by amigauser View Post
    This is the best deal I have seen on one that looks reasonably well made.

    PRO-AIRE Core Aerator
    My vote goes to the Pro-Aire. They have a few models all of which are a good value when compared to the industry leaders.
    - TYM T273, BT200 Backhoe, LT200 Quick Attach FEL-

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    Default Re: 3 Point Plug Core Aerator

    Quote Originally Posted by jgrreed View Post
    Actually, the best value was a plugger made by Kioti, but I can't seem to find one. It had independent 'wheels' and looked pretty good. It was a little more that the Kodiak, but within reason. I've been told that Kioti has gotten out of making them?? Can anyone comment of this??

    -Jer.
    Kioti never made them. They were made by a company called Midwest Equipment (or something like that) and labeled Kioti for sale by Kioti dealers. However... Midwest Equipment is no longer making equipment. They have stopped production on all farm implements as far as I know. The company that owned them is apparently having financial difficulties.

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    Default Re: 3 Point Plug Core Aerator

    Quote Originally Posted by keyser soze View Post
    Kioti never made them. They were made by a company called Midwest Equipment (or something like that) and labeled Kioti for sale by Kioti dealers. However... Midwest Equipment is no longer making equipment. They have stopped production on all farm implements as far as I know. The company that owned them is apparently having financial difficulties.
    You're right, I did know that and I've forgotten.

    Great handle, by the way!!!

    -Jer.
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    2005 JD 4720, 400x loader with bucket, bale spear, pallet forks, Markham LD grapple, Markham snow blade, Schulte BX 74 snowblower, Caroni 1900 flail, 8' Aerway, 3rd SCV at rear, hydraulic toplink from CCM, LED lights front and back, added EH hydro circuits, big pile of 3pt implements.
    Wish List:
    PTO hydraulic pump to run custom fab'd hydraulic snowblower, broom, weed wacker, or PHD. Side link from MtnView Ranch....

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    Default Re: 3 Point Plug Core Aerator

    Quote Originally Posted by amigauser View Post
    This is the best deal I have seen on one that looks reasonably well made.

    PRO-AIRE Core Aerator
    Looks well built, but 60" max size though.....

    -Jer.
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    2005 JD 4720, 400x loader with bucket, bale spear, pallet forks, Markham LD grapple, Markham snow blade, Schulte BX 74 snowblower, Caroni 1900 flail, 8' Aerway, 3rd SCV at rear, hydraulic toplink from CCM, LED lights front and back, added EH hydro circuits, big pile of 3pt implements.
    Wish List:
    PTO hydraulic pump to run custom fab'd hydraulic snowblower, broom, weed wacker, or PHD. Side link from MtnView Ranch....

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    Default Re: 3 Point Plug Core Aerator

    I bought a turf vent from Gemplers. It is great and I would highly recommend it but the largest size looks to be 48"

    TurfVent 48" Heavy-duty 3-point Hitch Aerator - GEMPLER'S

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