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    I have been wanting a core aerator for quite sometime. I have been thinking about making my own but I found a Woods PL60 that I may be able to get at a decent price. Would my BX handle it fine? It has 96 spoons. If they are dull can I sharpen them to get some more life out of them? Everything Attachments has 10 spoons for $45. I would have $450 if I had to replace the spoons and if those are the correct size.

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    Weight would be the deciding factor. They don't pull that hard, but do take ballast to make them work properly. I have 8 solid concrete blocks on my Bush hog 6 footer.

    Spoons are designed to be self sharpening, so unless they are bent/broken, they should work fine.

    Just be sure and pick it up, when turning. That's when spoons get bent, or broken.

    I've had mine for 7-8 years, and still no broken/bent spoons, and has been over approx. 9 acres every year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 94BULLITT View Post
    I have been wanting a core aerator for quite sometime. I have been thinking about making my own but I found a Woods PL60 that I may be able to get at a decent price. Would my BX handle it fine? It has 96 spoons. If they are dull can I sharpen them to get some more life out of them? Everything Attachments has 10 spoons for $45. I would have $450 if I had to replace the spoons and if those are the correct size.
    The Woods PL60 is a good one. I have the Frontier version. If you can get it cheap enough to make it worth buying all new spoons I'd do it.

    Make sure the spoons from EA will fit the Woods. I don't think they are all the same. I know John Deere parts are high but the Frontier is made by Woods so that is a place to check parts and prices.

    Not sure about the BX pulling it. Most times you have to add weight to the aerator to get it in the ground so you'll need some power to pull it.

    I run mine behind my JD 3520 37.5 hp with about 250 lbs. of weight and its no problem.

    Its not much weight for the 3pt to lift but I'd still make sure your BX will lift it. I say that because I don't know what size a BX is.

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    My BX2200 pulls both of these core aerators just fine. (Everything Attachments used to be Corriher Implement Co.)
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    Also what do I with the plugs after I have aerated? Do I need a harrow to bust them up? I guess I need to figure out how much the spoons are so I know how much to go on it.

    Quote Originally Posted by DJ54 View Post
    Weight would be the deciding factor. They don't pull that hard, but do take ballast to make them work properly. I have 8 solid concrete blocks on my Bush hog 6 footer.

    Spoons are designed to be self sharpening, so unless they are bent/broken, they should work fine.

    Just be sure and pick it up, when turning. That's when spoons get bent, or broken.

    I've had mine for 7-8 years, and still no broken/bent spoons, and has been over approx. 9 acres every year.
    I think this one weighs 537 pounds. I will be sure to pick it up when I turn, if I get it.

    Quote Originally Posted by LHS Inc View Post
    The Woods PL60 is a good one. I have the Frontier version. If you can get it cheap enough to make it worth buying all new spoons I'd do it.

    Make sure the spoons from EA will fit the Woods. I don't think they are all the same. I know John Deere parts are high but the Frontier is made by Woods so that is a place to check parts and prices.

    Not sure about the BX pulling it. Most times you have to add weight to the aerator to get it in the ground so you'll need some power to pull it.

    I run mine behind my JD 3520 37.5 hp with about 250 lbs. of weight and its no problem.

    Its not much weight for the 3pt to lift but I'd still make sure your BX will lift it. I say that because I don't know what size a BX is.

    Cover all your bases.
    My BX will lift it, it is a SCUT comparable to the 1 series JD. I really want a 4' but I have never seen any used around here before. Do you know what size spoons your has so I can see if I can see how much they are. I check one place that sold Wood online and they were $9 a piece. I have never pulled a real areator just those junk ones from Lowes and is spike aerator so I don't know how hard it will pull.

    Quote Originally Posted by gwdixon View Post
    My BX2200 pulls both of these core aerators just fine. (Everything Attachments used to be Corriher Implement Co.)
    How big are those?

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    A light bulb just went off in my head. If a 60'' pulls too hard to if it requires too much counterweight and made the BX unstable I could remove a few row of spoons to get it down to a 48" or something close. So now I am just up in the air about the spoons on it.

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    Roger,
    I am not sure that removing a row of spoons is going to make the aerator easier to pull. For a given weight the spoons will dig in and offer the same or similar resistance to rolling. The combination of less weight overall and less penetration would make it easier to pull.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 94BULLITT View Post
    Also what do I with the plugs after I have aerated? Do I need a harrow to bust them up? I guess I need to figure out how much the spoons are so I know how much to go on it.



    I think this one weighs 537 pounds. I will be sure to pick it up when I turn, if I get it.



    My BX will lift it, it is a SCUT comparable to the 1 series JD. I really want a 4' but I have never seen any used around here before. Do you know what size spoons your has so I can see if I can see how much they are. I check one place that sold Wood online and they were $9 a piece. I have never pulled a real areator just those junk ones from Lowes and is spike aerator so I don't know how hard it will pull.



    How big are those?
    You don't have to do anything with the plugs, they will break down over time. I'm not sure of the spoon size on my Frontier. How much are they worn down? If there is anyway you can get it and try it out that would be the best thing to do.

    If you can at least pull out a 2"-3" plug than you don't have to get new spoons for it right away.

    I got mine from my local JD dealer and tried it out and never took it back. It was used so that made a difference in trying it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jenkinsph View Post
    Roger,
    I am not sure that removing a row of spoons is going to make the aerator easier to pull. For a given weight the spoons will dig in and offer the same or similar resistance to rolling. The combination of less weight overall and less penetration would make it easier to pull.
    I think I get what you are saying, basically a 5' does not pull much harder than a 4'. DJ45 said he had 8 soil concrete blocks on his 6' and LHS Inc said he had 250 lbs on his 5 footer. I have very hard rocky poor soil where I live so it is going to take some weight for it to work. I know you are supposed to aerate when it is wet. I know it is going to X amount of weight per foot to get a good penetration. I thought if the weight was too much for the BX (I have some pretty good hills) I could take some rows of spoons off so I would not have to counter weight it as much. That was just my thought process.

    Quote Originally Posted by LHS Inc View Post
    You don't have to do anything with the plugs, they will break down over time. I'm not sure of the spoon size on my Frontier. How much are they worn down? If there is anyway you can get it and try it out that would be the best thing to do.

    If you can at least pull out a 2"-3" plug than you don't have to get new spoons for it right away.

    I got mine from my local JD dealer and tried it out and never took it back. It was used so that made a difference in trying it out.
    I had a guy tell me that he picked up all of his, that would be tedious. I don't know when are how often he aerates. He said he would hit them with his mower, he must mow low. I would do it in the spring and fall. I'll post a picture of it later, I'm a busy right now.

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    Here is a 48" Feldman...
    http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/a...tor-stand.html

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    Leave the plugs right there, they will be gone in a couple of days anyway. Tidying them up is just taking good topsoil and putting it somewhere else...

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