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post #1 of 16 Old 05-06-2019, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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Can my D140 pull this without breaking?

Hi all,

I am going to aerate my lawn. I would much prefer to use a tow behind plug aerator instead of rending the push ones. I see many warnings about towing too much with these level machines, but also many people saying that it is fine. Some say the plugger is not 'ground engaging'. Not sure what to believe here.

So I am asking you lot of experienced fellows: Can my D140 pull this pluggable aerator?

Link to tool: https://robinrents.com/product/aerator-36-plugger/

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Re: Can my D140 pull this without breaking?

How big and how flat is your yard?

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Re: Can my D140 pull this without breaking?

You're looking at renting this? In that case I'm guessing you'll just be using it once and returning it?

If that's the case I don't see any harm.

I wouldn't drag it around on a weekly basis, however. 🤣

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Attached. The back yard (second pic) is pretty flat. The front lawn has some slope for sure...
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Re: Can my D140 pull this without breaking?

I pull a 30" plug aerator with 150# weight with my L120 with both the K46 and K66 hydro. No problems, still running at 585 hours on the meter. If those are 5 gal weight cans in the picture, you're looking at 240# max, so that might be a factor. Just fill them 3/4 full if you're worried.

I'll give you my standard reply: If you can pull it by hand across the lawn, it's okay to tow with the L/LA/D/E series.

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I pull a 30" plug aerator with 150# weight with my L120 with both the K46 and K66 hydro. No problems, still running at 585 hours on the meter. If those are 5 gal weight cans in the picture, you're looking at 240# max, so that might be a factor. Just fill them 3/4 full if you're worried.

I'll give you my standard reply: If you can pull it by hand across the lawn, it's okay to tow with the L/LA/D/E series.

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Thanks for the assistance everyone. Unfortunately, when I arrived the tow behind one was actually broken and needed a new weld, so I was jerked around by a self-propelled one for a while.
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I will mention that there is no way that you are pulling a plug aerator weighted up by hand. It ends up being a decent load on the hydro. Also worth noting is that the self propelled unit probably did a much better job than the tow behind unit will/can do.


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I rented that exact aerator this spring, pulled it with my 116. Which is a gear drive lawn tractor. It pulled fine on flat areas, but quickly ran out of traction on slopes. I had to plan my plan of attack for the lawn so I was always going downhill on anything over a very mild slope.

The aerator did a much better job than the Brinley I used to own. It was well worth the $35 for a day rental.
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I rented that exact aerator this spring, pulled it with my 116. Which is a gear drive lawn tractor. It pulled fine on flat areas, but quickly ran out of traction on slopes. I had to plan my plan of attack for the lawn so I was always going downhill on anything over a very mild slope.

The aerator did a much better job than the Brinley I used to own. It was well worth the $35 for a day rental.
Here is a picture of a 318 I used to have with my Brinley. I have basically zero slope in my yard. At a lower drain spot that is dirt when dry but slick when wet the 318 would not pull it past the mud point. Tires had mud on them from just running over the plugs and quickly lost traction. It isn't easy on the tractor.
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I have a D140 and pull a Brinley with mine. I do not use that much weight. 2 cinder blocks and a few days after the rain. Pulls 2"= plugs and doesn't get muddy enough to cause issues. Yard is mostly flat with a slight slope on one side. I run length wise. Once I get moving I try not to stop. Usually do mine and my neighbors yard at the same time. I've done it 2x per year for 4 years.
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I pulled an aerator with 60lbs bags of concrete on it with my L111 5 or 6 times on my hill yard. Didn't seem to mind - although it definitely wasn't happy with that plus my 230lbs butt.
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Re: Can my D140 pull this without breaking?

Next time you get to aerating, I think you will be fine on your lot. I used to pull an Ohio Steel 42CP with my L118 with about 150 lbs on it and it was fine. Always made sure to do it on cooler days.

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Re: Can my D140 pull this without breaking?

I pull a similar size aerator with my X380, seems to do fine. I make sure to run at near full throttle and set the cruise control for a slow speed, this way it doesn't strain the transmission with varying speeds. If you're only doing this once or twice a year, and you go slow, you shouldn't have a problem, JD makes a snow plow for your machine, and that must put a similar strain on the transmission.

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I pull a similar size aerator with my X380, seems to do fine. I make sure to run at near full throttle and set the cruise control for a slow speed, this way it doesn't strain the transmission with varying speeds. If you're only doing this once or twice a year, and you go slow, you shouldn't have a problem, JD makes a snow plow for your machine, and that must put a similar strain on the transmission.
Nor even close. Traction on dirt with a minimal ballast load is better than traction on snow, which is iffy even with a full ballast load and chains on an LT.

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