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Coreyb
01-10-2006, 10:09 AM
i know i am going to get a lot of different opinions, but what's the best walk behind aerator that won't beat the he!! out of you? also, does anyone have any thoughts or experience with the jrco front mount aerator?

Green-Pro
01-10-2006, 02:07 PM
If you are planning on aerating large properties I can't imagine any WB aerator that won't make you feel spent and spent hard at the end of a full day of using it. That's JMO, at least in regards to LARGE property aeration.

I looked at the JRCO front mount aerator, thing is I have a hard time with the thought of putting nearly any attachment on a ZTR. All I envision is the royal pita in taking the dang thing off and putting back on depending on the flavor of the day, i.e. mowing today no attachment, aerating next day put attachment on, have to mow day after that, take attachment off. I realize this scenario may be a tad extreme, provided your on the ball with your scheduling in regards to lawn maintenance, but IMO having to go through this just once would be to much in my book.

I am giving some long hard thought to purchasing a dedicated aerating setup, either a 3 point attachment, or perhaps something similar to the Z-Plug stand on.

JMO

Coreyb
01-10-2006, 02:19 PM
fortunately, i will have a dedicated attachment ztr that will not mow. the deck is off it and my plan was to make it a spreder, sprayer, plugger, etc. but wasn't sure if jrco aerator wa the way to go. we will do both large commercial and small residential. just trying to stectch the buch as far as i can

dcondon
01-10-2006, 03:20 PM
We have a Turfco and it works great!!!!:waving: it will give you a little work out but not bad.

Coreyb
01-10-2006, 05:06 PM
split drum? or non?

gene gls
01-10-2006, 09:36 PM
i know i am going to get a lot of different opinions, but what's the best walk behind aerator that won't beat the he!! out of you? also, does anyone have any thoughts or experience with the jrco front mount aerator?

I have a JRCO areator but don't use it. I rent a Plugger.

tiedeman
01-11-2006, 01:19 AM
make sure to get a split drum aerator.

sildoc
01-11-2006, 02:04 AM
Depends on the size of property. I have used the drum types for small areas 30000 and below and have not liked. I purchased the pluger this last spring and will say that I love it. I would not hesitate to use it on mild hills and flats up to an acre, after that I would go to a pull behind. The plugger is easy on the body and gets the job done right and quick. Now that they have a self propelled plugger I would not hesitate to use it on hills also. We will see when I upgrade this next spring.

grass_cuttin_fool
01-11-2006, 07:19 AM
I have a JRCO areator but don't use it. I rent a Plugger.
Gene
I had started a thread on this back in the fall and a few people said they didnt own one but they new some that did and that the JRCO didnt have good penetration due to not having any weight on it. What is your thoughts on this?

wayne

Coreyb
01-11-2006, 04:15 PM
gene, why don't you use it? was there a problem? i' think i should just get a pull behind. wouldn't this be the cheapest, quickest way????

gene gls
01-11-2006, 04:30 PM
Gene
I had started a thread on this back in the fall and a few people said they didnt own one but they new some that did and that the JRCO didnt have good penetration due to not having any weight on it. What is your thoughts on this?

wayne

Each tine wheel has its own weight attached. Its the design that is the problem with depth. The tines are not long enough for deeper peneration. Customers are accoustomed to seeing plugs laying on the lawn after an areation. With the JRCO you only see some little holes where it has gone. The JRCO also adds a lot of stress the the machine its attached to. You can cover a lot of ground in a hurry with the JRCO. I use mine to loosen up the dirt and to make lots of small holes in thin or bare areas for reseening. A lot faster than using a thatcher type over seeder and less mess afterwords.

Gene

Turfco Tim
01-27-2006, 11:50 AM
Corey,
Turfco builds two models. One is the traditional style, or the kind that you remember and feel for days after you aerate. The newest model is steerable, which means you turn it while it is in the ground. Lifting and turning is virtually eliminated. Feedback we get from users is that they are 30% more productive. It is also great on slopes.
You can check it out at www.turfco.com or contact us at 1-800-679-8201.
Tim Gray
Turfco