The New SC240HG 24 Inch Hydro-Drive Sod Cutter

When you manage turf for a living, you have high demands. You need equipment that delivers great results, withstands years of use, and cuts job times. When you deal with sports turf, you also need something that does all that, and won’t damage the turf. Billy Goat’s new SC240HG meets those needs. This new model is 33% wider than other Hydro-Drive sod cutters, yet it’s gentle enough to use on golf courses. The design also brings significant improvements for better performance and reliability. What is it about this new aerator that makes it such a great choice for sports fields, sod farms, and golf courses? 

Power 

The SC240HG is powered by a Honda GSV190. This is a hybrid design, combining features from their commercial GX with the consumer GC engine lines. The result is an engine that has a cast-iron cylinder liner and dual element air cleaner for durability, plus a compact overhead cam head for lower operating temperatures and greater performance. In this application, it produces 6.5 HP.  

The engine sends power to a Hydro-Gear RT-310 hydrostatic transmission. This commercial all-in-one unit is built for heavy commercial work. It’s typically found in large snow throwers, so it should have no trouble pushing the sod cutter’s blade through the soil. Venting around the aerator’s case keeps the transmission cool, further increasing its service life. The steel case surrounding the mechanical components has doors on the front and back for servicing. Billy Goat includes an hour meter, so you can keep on top of maintenance. 

Cutting 

The SC240 uses a new laser-treated blade that lasts up to three times longer than standard blades. It’s also more resistant to abrasion from sandy soils. The blade is raised and lowered using a cast iron gearbox with spiral-cut gears connected to a one-inch stability bar. The one-inch steel jackshaft rides on sealed bearings and is connected to the gearbox by an armor-coated chain that offers excellent corrosion and weather resistance. A 3/8-inch steel subframe with ½ inch lateral supports increases frame rigidity, helping the blade track straight through the soil. 

The SC240HG is 26.5 inches wide and 60 inches long, while the cutting blade is 24 inches wide. With little in the way of overhang, it’s easy to cut close to buildings, fences, and other obstacles. A single lever and clamp set blade height, which can be as deep as 2.5 inches. The machine has a dry weight of 403 bs., helping it push through the soil without requiring additional weight. 

The SC240HG has wide, knobby front wheels for golf turf, spreading out the weight of the machine to minimize scrubbing. A rear caster wheel allows easy turning, again with a focus on minimizing turf damage. 

Comfort and Ease of Use 

Care was taken to make this machine easy to operate. The handle attaches using isolation mounts, limiting the transfer of vibrations. Hydrostatic drive controls are split across two levers, one for forward and the other for reverse. 

A heavy-duty bumper on the front of the machine protects it from impacts. Loading is easy, thanks to teardrop-shaped tie-downs built into the front and back of the frame. This automatically centers ropes and chains, keeping the cutter secure on your trailer. 

Warranty 

Honda covers the engine with a 3-year residential and commercial warranty. Billy Goat covers the rest of the machine for one year of commercial or residential use. 

We Can Help You Keep Your Equipment Running 

Downtime costs money, so it pays to use the best parts when you repair your equipment. Billy Goat Parts is a certified dealer, so we only carry OEM parts from Billy Goat and their suppliers. That means you can get everything you need for your equipment from us, including engine and drivetrain parts. Ordering is easy, too. Just select your model and serial number when you use our search engine, and you’ll see parts information and diagrams specific to your machine. When you need to work on your Billy Goat, visit us at www.billygoatparts.com. We ship anywhere in the U.S. and Canada. 

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Restoring Your Lawn After Heavy Rains

lawn care after floods

Whether you’re facing heavy fall rains, spring snow melts, or were unfortunate enough to get caught in the recent hurricane, it takes special care to make sure your lawn will recover from flooding. With a little work ahead of time and some careful management, you can limit the damage and the cost of restoration.

Addressing Issues that can Make Flooding Worse

Making a few improvements to your lawn now can make a major difference when you’re faced with a major rainfall:

Clay soils don’t readily absorb water, letting it pool on the surface. Mulching grass or adding a thin layer of top soil can add an absorptive layer that can help drain away water.

Compacted soil also won’t absorb water. This can be a major problem around new construction where heavy equipment has been rolling over the ground, but heavy foot traffic can also cause compaction. Aerating can relieve compaction while adding a walkway can help redirect foot traffic away from the turf.

Your lawn’s root system can grow into thatch if it’s thick enough, increasing the damage done by flooding, and wet thatch can support the growth of molds and pests, lengthening recovery time. If the thatch layer is over a half inch thick, it needs to be removed.

In some areas, the water table may be so high that it can be pushed up to the point that the ground becomes saturated. If this is a problem, consider installing a French drain. This device uses a gravel-filled trench with a perforated pipe to drain off ground water.

Pooling water will do more damage than running water, so it’s important to install drainage in areas where the water can collect, including depressions and slopes. On relatively flat lawns, top soil can be added to fill in depressions, which will both help reduce stagnant water and provide an even surface that will be easier to take care of.

After the Flooding, Let the Lawn Dry Out

It may be tempting to start work right away, but any weight on water-saturated soil can damage the grass blades and lead to compaction that can damage the root structure. Depending on the severity of the flooding, this could take as long as two or three weeks.

Assessing the Damage

Flooding can leave behind a layer of silt that can sit on the grass, choking it. Light layers are easy to deal with, but inches of silt may require complete removal and replacement of the turf. This isn’t just an issue of extra dirt: floods can wash away household chemicals and oils, depositing them on your lawn and poisoning the soil.

Removing Debris

All manner of things from branches to broken glass may end up washed up on your lawn; this debris needs to be removed before you can safely use your lawn care equipment.

Aerating and Silt Removal

If silt built-up is under one inch, core aerating will often be enough to take care of it, while deeper deposits will need to be raked or washed off. Thick deposits will need to be removed with a sod cutter or turned using a tiller to disperse contaminants before replanting the grass.

Fertilizing

Water can wash away nutrients that your grass needs to thrive, particularly nitrogen and calcium. This usually shows up as yellowed grass as nitrogen is needed to make green chlorophyll. A fertilizer can be used to add back these nutrients, or ammonium nitrate can add nitrogen and gypsum can add calcium. These chemicals are less likely to wash out if there are future rains.

Keep Your Equipment Ready for the Fight Against Floods

Flood recovery can be daunting, but Billy Goat’s power rakes, aerators, sod cutters and overseeders can make the process easier. When you need parts for your Billy Goat equipment, visit Billygoatparts.com. We’re an OEM dealer for Billy Goat and their manufacturing partners so we can supply you with everything you need from new tines to engine components. Finding the right part is easy thanks to our search engine which lets you narrow options down by model and serial number and shows you factory parts diagrams and descriptions so you can identify exactly what you need. We ship parts and accessories across the U.S. and Canada.

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F18 Walk-Behind Leaf Blower: Big Power for Big Jobs

Do you need to move a lot of leaves and debris? Does a Hurricane Stander leaf blower seem like overkill? While the F18 is a compact walk-behind blower, it’s output is tremendous. Thanks to a V-Twin engine and large composite impeller, this machine has the power to clear the largest fields.

Power

This leaf blower uses a composite housing and impeller. This lets Billy Goat form complex shapes that have tight tolerances between the blades and inner chamber. The final product eliminates voids and other sources of turbulence that are present in metal housing leaf blowers. This increases power and reduces engine wear. The lack of turbulence also keeps noise down. Despite pushing air through a 6 inch nozzle at almost 200 MPH, the F18 is quieter than many backpack blowers. Maintenance is easier, too. The impeller is cast in a single shot, so there are no fin bolts to work loose.
The F18 is powered by a Vanguard V-Twin making 18 horsepower. This commercial motor sits fully exposed behind the impeller housing, making it easy to work on. The F1802V is a push blower, while the F1802SPV adds a drive system. Despite the giant 570cc engine, this blower weighs just 179-189 lbs, depending on how it’s equipped.

Precision Control

The F18 rolls on a set of 13 x 5 inch pneumatic rear tires and one 10 x 3 inch pneumatic front tire, allowing it to roll over any terrain with ease. An optional caster wheel kit replaces the front wheel, allowing precise turns in tight quarters. Billy Goat fits this blower with a tall, offset handle. This places the operator directly behind the nozzle, so they have a clear view of the air stream and the surrounding leaves. The Aim N Shoot discharge nozzle has a lever mounted on the handle that controls the angle. Aiming down pushes leaves across the ground, while aiming up helps push collected leaves together in a pile.

Accessories

The parking brake kit adds a set of metal forks that clamp down on the right tire. This makes it safe to park the blower on hills.
The quick hold down kit has a cleat that bolts to your trailer. When you set the blower over this cleat, it locks into place, requiring no extra tie downs before transport.
Want to make your blower even easier to maintain? Swap out the front pneumatic tire with an air-free foam filed tire.

Big or Small, if it’s Billy Goat, We Have the Parts You Need

Whether you have an F9, an F18, a Hurricane or anything in between, Billy Goat Parts has everything you need to keep your lawn equipment running. Looking for accessories? We have them. Need engine parts? We carry those, too. Our site can find parts based on your model and serial number, and it has built-in factory parts diagrams. That way, you can be sure you’re ordering parts that fit. Visit us at www.billygoatparts.com. We can ship your order to any address in the U.S. or Canada.

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What You Need to Know About Hydrostatic Drives

Why does Billy Goat use hydrostatic drives in most of their self-propelled equipment? Do you need to do anything to maintain your transmission? Here’s everything you need to know about these drive systems.

How Do Hydrostatic Drive Systems Work?

The drive system has a pump and a motor. All Billy Goat products use drive systems that combine these parts into one case, which is called a “closed coupled” system. This eliminates the need for hydraulic hoses, which are the most common point of failure on these drive systems. Walk-behind equipment uses a single transaxle, while Hurricane stander blowers use a pair of hydraulic motor assemblies.

The motor has a set of pistons attached to an angled wash plate. Hydraulic pressure pushes the pistons, turning the plate and spinning the motor. Increasing the angle of the plate also increases the distance the pistons move, so they turn slower. Reverse the angle of the plate, and the fluid moves the pistons and plate in the opposite direction. This is what controls the speed and direction of the motor. The pump uses the same components, but the wash plate is fixed in place, generating steady fluid pressure for the motor.

Why Do So Many Pieces of Lawn Care Equipment Use Hydrostatic Transmissions?

Since the hydrostatic motor speed is controlled by the wash plate angle, the engine can run at the same speed while the equipment changes speed and direction. This lets the engine drive tools at their ideal speed. Wash plates are infinitely adjustable, so the operator can precisely control movement speed.

The motors in Hurricane blowers act independently. Changing the speed and direction of each motor allows the blower to turn. If one drive wheel spins forward and the other in reverse, the blower spins in place, giving it a zero turning radius. This level of control allows precision maneuvers that are impossible with a steering rack and a regular drive system.

How Do I Maintain My Billy Goat’s Hydrostatic Drive?

Tuff Torq transaxles should be maintenance free for the life of your equipment. However, the pump assembly does get hot with use. If the transaxle is caked in dirt and mud, it can overheat, burning the fluid. Make cleaning your transaxle part of regular maintenance. If you need to replace the fluid, because of a leaking seal, use Tuff Torq’s own hydraulic fluid. This fluid has additives designed for a long service life. In a pinch, you can use 10W30 diesel engine oil.

The Hydro-Gear transaxles on Hurricane blowers have oil tanks that need to be topped up periodically. Both the filter and oil should be changed after the first 75 hours of use, and then every 400 hours. Hydro-Gear recommends using 15W-50 synthetic motor oil.

Where Do I Get Parts for My Billy Goat Equipment?

Go to www.billygoatparts.com. Billy Goat Parts is an authorized dealer for Billy Goat. We carry everything you need for your equipment, including engine and transaxle parts. We have sections of commonly ordered parts, like blades, impellers, and air filters. You can also use our search engine to find parts specific to your model and serial number. We ship across the United States and Canada.

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CR550HC Overseeder Maintenance

Even through the CR550HC overseeder is a simple machine, there are still steps you need to take to keep it running. Here’s what you need to know about maintaining your machine, as well as common repairs for the rake and drive belt system.

Maintenance Schedule

Always check the engine oil and air filter before you start the engine.
After every 25 hours of use, grease the reel bearings, oil the height adjustment linkage and inspect the belt.
The blade should be checked periodically for wear and chips. Blade wear will vary, depending on the soil in your area. These parts wear faster in areas with sandy or rocky soil.

Inspecting and Replacing Flail and Slicing Blades

1. Disconnect the spark plug. If equipped, close the fuel valve.
2. Lean the overseeder back on its handles, and place a weight over them to keep the machine tilted back.
3. Look over the blades. Replace any blade that is cracked or bent, or is less than three inches long. Billy Goat recommends replacing all flail blades at the same time, while slicing blades can be replaced individually.

Rotating the Reel Blades

The blades on the CR550HC are double-sided. Flipping the reel lets you change which side of the blades cuts the soil.

1. Remove the lock nuts holding on the shaft and belt guards. You need to move the height adjuster to reach some of these bolts. Set the guards aside.
2. Push the drive belt off of the pulleys.
3. Remove the nuts and washers from the bearings. Slide the reel out of the rake.
4. Remove the screw, washer, pulley, key and spacer from the end of the reel. Install these parts in the same order at the other end of the reel.
5. Reinstall the reel by following steps 1-3 in reverse order.

Drive Belt Replacement

Replace the drive belt if it’s cracked, or won’t fully engage the reel drive.

1. Unbolt and remove the belt guard.
2. Walk the old belt off of the pulleys. You may need to spin the reel pulley to get the belt off.
3. Walk the new belt onto the pulleys. Again, you may need to spin the reel pulley to get the belt onto the pulleys.
4. Close the reel engagement bail. The drive pulley spring should stretch 1 to 1.25 inches. Adjust the clutch cable until the spring stretch falls within this range.
5. Install the belt guard.

Do You Need Parts for Your Billy Goat?

Billy Goat Parts has everything you need to fix your equipment, whether you own an auger, a lawn vacuum or an overseeder like the CR550HC. Our search engine can find parts specific to your model and serial number. We also have sections of commonly ordered parts, including everything from wheels to belts. Having trouble identifying a part? We also have factory parts diagrams, so you can see exactly what you’re ordering. Visit us at www.billygoatparts.com. We can ship your order to any address in the U.S. or Canada.

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Which Sod Should I Use on My Lawn?

Is it time to rebuild your lawn? A Billy Goat sod cutter makes quick work of removing top soil. Once your lawn is ready to plant, that leaves just one question: which type of grass should you use?

Climate Zones

Grasses can be divided into two main types: warm season and cool season. The U.S. climate can be divided into regions. Here’s where these regions cover, and the type of grass that works best in them.

Warm Season Grasses
Hot Summer Humid: South Carolina to East Texas
Semitropical: The Gulf Coast and Florida
Hot Summer Arid: Southern Arizona, New Mexico and Texas
Cool Season Grasses
Cold Winter Humid: From the East Coast to central Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota
Cold Winter Arid: Everything west of the Cold Winter Humid region, out to the central California, Oregon and Washington state.
Mild Winter Humid: The West Coast

Cool and warm season grasses both grow well in the transition zone, which stretches from North Carolina and Virginia to Southern California. If you plant both types of grass, you can extend the growing season.

Warm Season Grass Varieties

There are 5 main varieties of warm season grasses, each with traits that make it a great choice for a particular region.

Bermudagrass
– Needs sun
– Grows well in arid climates
– Low fertilizer and water requirements

St. Augustine
– Grows well in humid coastal areas
– High shade tolerance
– Grows in most soils
– Dies easily in freezing weather
– Susceptible to St. Augustine Decline (SAD) disease. Some varieties are SAD resistant.

Centipedegrass
– Likes hot, humid weather
– Best drought resistance
– Decent shade tolerance
– Freeze resistant, can stay green year-round in mild climates

Zoysiagrass
– Grows well in hot, humid weather
– Cold resistant
– High wear tolerance
– Good drought tolerance

Buffalograss
– Low maintenance
– Extreme drought resistance
– Poor shade tolerance

Cool Season Grasses

These four varieties make up the bulk of cool season grasses. While warm season sod usually has just one grass variety, most cool season sod uses a combination of grasses for better coverage.

Kentucky Bluegrass
– Needs direct sunlight
– Prevents the spread of weeds
– Slow growing
– Works best mixed with other varieties

Perennial Ryegrass
– Heat, insect and disease resistant
– Grows in poor quality soil
– High wear tolerance

Fine Fescue
– Grows well in sunlight and shade
– Doesn’t compete with other grasses
– Doesn’t need much fertilizer

Turf Type Tall Fescue
– Grows best in cool, humid climates
– Shade and drought tolerant
– New varieties are also heat, insect and disease tolerant

Is Your Equipment Ready for the Planting Season?

If you need to work on your Billy Goat sod cutter, power rake or overseeder, visit Billy Goat Parts. We’re a dealer for Billy Goat and their brand partners, which means we stock OEM accessories and parts to replace everything on your equipment. We have sections for commonly ordered parts, like blades and belts, and our search engine can find other parts specific to your machine. See what we offer at our website, www.billygoatparts.com. We ship across the U.S. and Canada.

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Which Lubricants Should I Use On My Billy Goat Equipment?

It takes a lot of lubricants to keep your equipment moving, including engine oil, transmission fluid and bearing grease. What products should you use on your Billy Goat equipment? Here’s what the company and their manufacturing partners recommend.

Engine Oil

All engines used in Billy Goat equipment require gasoline engine oil. The engine manufacturers recommend oils that meet API gasoline engine oil standards. Honda recommends API category SJ or higher, while Vanguard and Briggs & Stratton recommend API category SF or higher. These categories are backwards compatible. Most oils sold today fall under API category SN, so they meet these manufacturer requirements.
For most uses, 10W-30 oil is fine for all brands of engines. Honda recommends 30 weight oil when working in temperatures above 90°F. Switching to this weight reduces oil burning. Vanguard recommends their 15W-50 synthetic oil for temperatures ranging from 20 to 130°F, and 5W-30 oil for temperatures below 30°F.

Gear Oil

Unlike API engine oil categories, using a higher gear oil category isn’t a good idea. Higher numbers mean better pressure and temperature resistance. However, the additives required to meet these standards may damage some metals used in your gearbox. Likewise, detergents keep components clean, but they can leave a sticky film that will interfere with your transmission. Most Billy Goat equipment requires GL-3 non-detergent oil.

Light Oil

Light oils are used to lubricate cables, axles and chains. Water displacers are not light oils. While you can use these to clean and free up components, always follow their application with a coating of oil. Billy Goat recommends general purpose oil, non-wax chain lube, non-detergent oil, or silicone spray lube on these components.You can also use electric motor oil, which is a type of non-detergent oil.

Hydrostatic Transmission Fluid

The oil in Tuff Torq transmissions is designed to last the life of your equipment. However, if you need to top up the case after fixing a leaking seal, the company recommends using their own hydraulic fluid. This oil has the additives needed to meet the company’s service life requirements. If it isn’t available, use 10W-30 diesel engine oil.

Hydro-Gear recommends 15W-50 synthetic motor oil for the transaxles used in Billy Goat’s Hurricane leaf blowers.

Grease

Billy Goat recommends using NLGI Grade 2 grease in bearings. Multipurpose lithium grease is recommended. Marine and automotive Grade 2 grease is also safe to use on these components.

Need Something for Your Billy Goat?

Billy Goat Parts carries everything you need to maintain your Billy Goat equipment, including factory lubricants. We’re an authorized dealer for the company, as well as their manufacturing partners. That means we carry parts for your engine and transmission, not just the Billy Goat-built parts of your equipment. Visit us at www.billygoatparts.com. Our high demand parts sections list our OEM lubricants, and you can use our search engine to find anything else you need. We ship across the USA and Canada.

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Using the AET 48/72 inch Towable Aerator

How wide of an aerator do you need? With Billy Goat’s AET 48/72” towable aerator, you can put together blocks of tines to make a trailer that maximizes productivity, while still fitting in all the areas you need to reach. How do you use one of these trailers? Here’s everything you need to know, including how to replace tines, get the right cutting depth and make turns.

Setting Tine Height

To set the tine height, you need to adjust the height of both wheels. These wheels must be at the same height, or the added stress on the frame will damage your aerator.
Release the tension on the lift rod by pushing down on the wheel guard or sliding the lift rod into the square slot and pushing it in. Pull the pin out. Move the wheel up or down to the desired height, then insert the lift rod. Repeat this process on the other wheel.
Once the tine height is set, your aerator will return to this height each time you raise the wheels.

Engaging the Tines

Tow the trailer to the area you want to aerate. Lift the wheels by pushing on the wheel guards or pulling out the lift rod pins. This drops the tines into the soil. Both wheels must be lifted, or the added pressure on the lifted side may bend the trailer.
Penetration depends more on the weight on the aerator and the compaction and humidity of the soil than the tine height. For the best results, water the ground the day before aerating. If you still aren’t getting good penetration, add more weight to the trailer by filling the included water canisters, or piling cinder blocks on top of the aerator sections.

Turning

You can leave the tines engaged while making turns. Just take it slow when you line up for the next pass, and avoid making tight turns. Otherwise, the side-to-side movement of the tines may tear up the soil.

Replacing Individual Tines

Have a bent, cracked or worn tine? You can replace it in a couple minutes, even if you’re in the field. Even broken tines are sharp. Always wear gloves when you’re working on this part of your aerator.
1. Raise the tines. Use wheel chocks to keep the trailer from rolling.
2. Loosen the outer nut and carriage bolt holding the tine to the tine wheel, then the inner nut and bolt. Leave these parts in place.
3. Use a pry bar to push the tine plates away from the tine. You should be able to pull out the old tine.
4. Slide the new tine into place, then tighten the inner nut and carriage bolt, followed by the outer bolt and nut.

Need Something for Your Aerator?

Whether you just need some new tines, or a few parts to repair trailer damaged, you can find everything for your Billy Goat at www.billygoatparts.com. Our site has sections for commonly ordered parts, and our search engine can find parts specific to your model. We ship across the U.S. and Canada.

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Air Filters and Your Equipment

Air filters are some of the most important and overlooked parts on outdoor power equipment. If you let your filters go too long between cleaning or replacement, performance can suffer. It’s also possible for air to leak around clogged filters, drawing in dirt that will quickly wear down your engine. Here’s what you should know about maintaining the filters on your Billy Goat equipment.

Paper Filter Elements

Paper elements have fine pores that trap the smallest dust particles. Most commercial engines use a paper element alone, or in combination with a foam pre-filter. Once the paper is saturated with dirt, it must be replaced.

Paper air filters need to be cleaned occasionally. Over time, surface buildup on the filter media can reduce air flow. Honda says you can use compressed air to clean their filters, as long as the air pressure is limited to 30 PSI. Other manufacturers do not recommend using air for cleaning. Instead, remove the filter from the air box, and strike it against a hard surface a couple times. This dislodges the surface dirt.

Foam Filter Elements

A foam filter traps dirt in its pores. Alone, these filters aren’t very effective. Some foam filters are oiled. The oil on the surface of the foam captures fine dust particles, making them as effective as some paper filters. As long as it’s cared for, you only need to replace a foam filter if it starts to tear.
Do you need to oil your filter? That depends on your engine. As a general rule, if you have a Briggs & Stratton engine that only uses a foam filter element, it should be oiled. If it has both foam and paper elements, it shouldn’t be oiled. Honda filters should be oiled. If you have an older piece of equipment with a Subaru engine, it may or may not need to be oiled. When in doubt, check your owner’s manual.
All foam filters should be cleaned periodically. Wash the filter with a mild soap and water to remove dirt and oil. Let it dry completely before oiling or reinstalling to keep water from getting in the engine.
To oil a clean filter, soak it in clean engine oil, then gently squeeze out any excess. Do not twist the filter. If you want to make this process mess free, put the filter and oil in a plastic bag, and squeeze the outside of the bag. You do not need to use a specialty filter oil for any engine filter used with Billy Goat equipment.

Air Boxes

When you take the filter out of the air box, wipe out any trapped dirt. This helps the air filter seal, and keeps dust from clogging the intake.

Need Parts for Your Engine?

Billy Goat Parts carries everything for your equipment, including engine parts. We’re an authorized dealer for Honda, Kohler, Vanguard and Briggs & Stratton. That means we carry the parts you need to fix your engine. Need an air filter? We have high demand parts sections on our front page for the most common Billy Goat engines. Visit us online at www.billygoatparts.com. We can ship what you need to any address in the United States or Canada.

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Tips for Using the AET 36/60” Towable Aerator

The AET 36/60” does everything you could ask of a towable aerator. Hate having to lift up the tines in turns? With this aerator, you can leave them down. Need something that covers wide and narrow areas? Thanks to its folding wings, you can adjust the AET 36/60’s size to the job. It’s even set up so you can tow it with a ball or a three point hitch. That just leaves one problem: How do you use all these features? These tips will help you get started with your aerator trailer.

Connecting the Aerator to a Tow Vehicle

To connect the aerator to a three-point tractor hitch, first slide the inner and outer tow bar sections together. Swing the bar up against the aerator. Insert Clevis pins into the holes on the middle and bottom of the bar, then lock these pins in place with cotter pins. From here, you can connect your tractor using the brackets on the bottom corners of the aerator frame and the bracket on the tow bar.
If you want to tow using a single hitch, remove the Clevis pins holding the tow bar against the aerator. Lower the bar, then slide it out until you have the right length to keep the trailer level behind your tow vehicle. You may need to adjust the bar length if you fold the wings or add weights to the trailer. Install Clevis pins and cotter pins in the holes at the back end and middle of the hitch. Make sure the Clevis pins go through both the inner and outer parts of the tow bar.

Locking and Unlocking the Tines

The tines should be locked in place when pulling the aerator. Unlocking the tines lets the tine wheels swivel, so you can make turns without lifting the tines out of the soil.
Remove the lock pins from the tine arms to unlock the tines. Once you’ve made the turn, pull the trailer forward to line up for you next pass. This should straighten the tine arms, making it easy to insert the pins and lock the tines in place.

Using the Wings

The AET 36/60” can be used with both wings down, both wings up or one wing up. With both wings up, the trailer is 36 inches wide. With both wings down, it’s 60 inches wide. With one wing down, it’s 48 inches wide. You can leave either wing folded down, letting you choose the side that works best for the area you’re aerating.
Folding the wings increases the weight on the tines, which helps them penetrate hard soil. If you need more penetration with the wings out, you can place cinder blocks or water jugs on top of the trailer to weigh it down.

Changing Tine Height

If you want better soil penetration, prepare the land by watering the area the day before. Setting tine depth only limits the maximum penetration depth. It won’t compensate for problems caused by dry, compacted soil.
To set the height, turn the crank on the front of the trailer to drop the tines into the soil. The crank on the back of the trailer sets the caster. Turn this crank until the trailer is level.

Need Something for Your Aerator?

Billy Goat Parts carries everything you need to repair or upgrade your Billy Goat lawn care equipment. For quick ordering, we have sections for commonly requested parts, like new tines. Need something more specific? Our search engine can find parts specific to your model. Visit us at www.billygoatparts.com. We can ship your order to any address in the U.S. or Canada.

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