FINAL ASSEMBLY OF AMICK ROLLAERATOR
Open box and remove the Aerating Disk. Stand the disk on edge with the tines on the far side. Use 7/16 gear wrench or socket to loosen two small nuts securing one u-bolt at the top of the disk. Once loose, use a piece of wood to tap the tine/sleeve combo out. Tap the tine tip so as the tine falls in toward the center. Turn tine around and re-insert tine/sleeve combo inside the loop.
The tine must be fully inserted into the sleeve till it meets the spotweld. The best depth setting is the tine sticking out 2″ from the edge of the disk. The slit of the sleeve should be to the side like it comes for the most even compression. Tighten the nuts evenly as tight as they came. No u-bolt end should protrude past the top of either nut. This is to prevent cuts because threads are sharp. If any one does protrude, file or grind it smooth. Rotate the disk and proceed one by one till all the tines are in aerating position.
Using a 3/4″ end wrench, screw on the handles to the axle studs and tighten the high nuts very securely. Use a grease gun if available and pump some grease into the handle bottom openings to lube the axles. Any grease will work, even Vaseline or thick oil. Replenish the grease after a few uses.
After aerating, poke the soil out of the tines to prevent rust. Use a flat ended pen, unsharpened pencil, a dowell. Don’t use a screwdriver so as not to mar the inside smooth surface of the tine. In the unlikely event a tine gets clogged, use a high speed drill bit on an electric drill and carefully drill out the clog. Dont use a screwdriver. Burrs can cause clogs so after clearing a clog, check the tine for a burr or some other protrusion. If one is found, file it smooth. Clogs are rare, usually caused by a small rock wedged into the opening of the tine, easily removed without damage.
Best of luck, M G Amick.
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