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    Default Calibrating Spike Aerator Drop Spreader Combo

    I own one the Brinly combo units. Calibrating using the garage floor method is not possible because of the spikes. Calibrating using the drop pan method using rain gutter is not possible, again because of the spikes. And calibrating by repeated dropping of material on a metered distance course is a waste of material ( or potentially harmful to the lawn), time consuming and difficult.

    So my questions to those of you that do calibrate your aerator spreaders:

    What method do you use?
    Do you calibrate for each type of material before you apply?
    If you use a drop pan/tray what did you make it from?

    I am contemplating a jig to hold the spreader off the ground, putting a drop pan beneath the elevated unit, then using a drill to rotate the spike axle a number of times to represent a given travel distance.

    What say you?








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    Big piece of cardboard to run it over?
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    Default Re: Calibrating Spike Aerator Drop Spreader Combo

    Quote Originally Posted by dusty3030 View Post
    Big piece of cardboard to run it over?
    The spikes would puncture through the cardboard. Perhaps someone has found a way to make a catch tray for this one?

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    ..Custom Blade Squeegee & Dollie
    ..P796 Halogens
    ..JP Electric Sleeve Hitch
    ..RimGuard Loaded Tires (+92lbs extra, each)
    ..DR Power Grader
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    ..PrecisionFit/Agri-Fab 45-0299 48" Core Aerator
    ..Brinly Aerator/Seeder, Moldboard Plow,
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbrun

    The spikes would puncture through the cardboard. Perhaps someone has found a way to make a catch tray for this one?
    Right, that's the point. Lay it down on the concrete and run it over it your measured distance using your garage floor method.
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    Default Re: Calibrating Spike Aerator Drop Spreader Combo

    Quote Originally Posted by dusty3030 View Post
    Right, that's the point. Lay it down on the concrete and run it over it your measured distance using your garage floor method.
    Ok, now I see where your going. Use the cardboard to protect the tines. Nice thought!

    Hmmmmm.

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    ..Brush Guard, 48" Snow Blade, Electric Blade Lift
    ..Custom Blade Squeegee & Dollie
    ..P796 Halogens
    ..JP Electric Sleeve Hitch
    ..RimGuard Loaded Tires (+92lbs extra, each)
    ..DR Power Grader
    ..Dual 50lb Wheel Weights, Chains
    ..PrecisionFit/Agri-Fab 45-0299 48" Core Aerator
    ..Brinly Aerator/Seeder, Moldboard Plow,
    ..Box Scraper, Dethatcher (On Loan)
    ..Craftsman 48" x 18" Roller

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