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    New Member dsails380's Avatar
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    Default Aerator Conversion to 3 pt Hitch

    This is a pull behind Agri Fab plug aerator that I modified to 3 pt hitch. I became tired of operating the lever arm to raise and lower the wheels to clear the driveway and sidewalks - especially with four 100lb cement blocks on board (we have poor soil here in PA). Not to mention the force on the lever arm is a accident waiting to happen with this much weight. I used 1/4"x3"x4" angle that I had laying around to put a frame under the aerator and attach the 3 pt lift arm pins. For the mast, I had some 1-1/2x3" box channel from an old trailer I cut apart. This implement is a breeze to use, now. I move the 100lb cement blocks from the ballast box to the aerator with a chain and the FEL (each block has a lifting eye - see my ballast box post). Instead of wrestling with the lever arm on the aerator, I now use the 3 pt hitch to raise and lower the entire aerator as needed. This will really save my back, and hope this idea can help you too.
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    Default Re: Aerator Conversion to 3 pt Hitch

    How well do you think this one follows the contour of the land as compared to when it was a tow behind? I've considered doing the same for all the reasons you mentioned but can't seem to convince myself of this one issue.
    '07 BX2350, FEL w/ toothbar, 60" MMM, 5' KK back blade, BX2750C front snowblower, 42" home built disc, carry all

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    Default Re: Aerator Conversion to 3 pt Hitch

    I like it! I have been threatening my aerator with the conversion for a long time.
    HAVE FUN

    Life is easier when you plow around the stumps.


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    New Member dsails380's Avatar
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    Default Re: Aerator Conversion to 3 pt Hitch

    Thanks Bigtiller. Go for it - the conversion took one weekend to drill, weld and paint. I now use the draw bar from the aerator for the MTD chipper that I now tow behind. What a pain it was dragging that thing around the property by hand.
    Fish 6943 - I leave the 3 pt hitch control lever in the down position so the aerator can float over the countour of the land. The wheels act as my draft control, same as tow behind. I have a hilly lawn, and it follows the contour nicely. One thing to watch though, are turns. Since the aerator is now essentially a part of the tractor, trying to turn with it engaging the ground will place a lot of stress on the 3pt hitch and aerator. So, I only aerate in relatively straight lines. It works like a charm and I can honestly say, it's a pleasure to aerate instead of a chore.

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