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Well the old 4211 got a new oil pan gasket and she's ready to dethatch and bag in one pass. Works great!
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broad728moor
Thanks guys, I want to over seed this fall, my idea is to go over the whole lawn with a spike aerator, broadcast spread the seed, then go over with the aerator again to "drill" it in. Good idea or bad idea?

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jkmustang1
on the right track but second pass will not give enough change in outcome seed will fall in holes and on top the soil soil contact is the goal a plug unit would give better results if plugs left in place a top dress of a sort spent a number of years in sales for a major lawn care company at two branches have seen big changes to the good dong this to lawns now is IMO the time to do this

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MysTiK
I agree with Jon. I do similar w a plug aerator. I think of the first seeding as somewhat "sacrificial". Cores from a plug make more places for seed to find soil, and, as Jon said, cores breakdown and mimic topdressing, which will tend to enhance seed contact. I would also use aerator multiple passes to rough up more soil, basically more destructive; but really it's just mimic of a new lawn with only bare soil. You end up with old grass growing, and new seed germinating. Note, the cores can also grow! Results are slow - esp. if you watch it. One day, you turn around and see new grass plants everywhere. It's all about thickening, and depriving weeds of habitat. I don't really know what a spiker type does - but if you can make it dig more, do it. I use a simple AgriFab plug aerator - size 40" - tow behind tractor with minimum 100 lbs weight on it to force it to dig deeper plugs. You can get by with less weight - it depends on moisture content and soil type and existing lawn density and existing thatch. Dethatch is a good start to expose surface. My yard is pure clay. I am continuously leaving everything, including leaves, on the lawn, and through aeration, I am trying to work organic matter into the clay - could take years to significantly modify the soil profile. It's a process. (same idea, only in my own words). good luck. Did you buy your dethatcher for the front? or modify it to fit?

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GrincheyOne
Jason, I am planning a future project to modify my dethatching implement to a front hitch on my 4212LTG. It should work well with a future electric lift (waiting to be installed), and my tow behind spreader/seeder. Cheers, Wayne

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MysTiK
My Pacer 1694287 has one similar on it; but it was custom fitted. (Pacer is an unusual mower w 'deck out front'). I've had some problems w the dethatcher, especially when I lost a setcrew that held one side support wheel in place, led to a bent wheel support shaft. It still works (replaced setscrew); but I think I need to do a setup on it - the depth adjustment seems to matter for smoother and consistent operation when dethatching. However the real 'problem' is I enjoy dragging the aerator around and getting more seat time on the tractor. sm03 And the tractor now dominates mowing duties; even tho it won't cut at 4" mowing height, like the Pacer will. And it won't get in close to things, like the Pacer will. I guess any excuse will do for tractor use. :D

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