View Full Version : Aerator Recommendations for the 2009 season

Gerry Barr
02-06-2009, 09:33 AM
After using the Bluebird 530 for 8 seasons I am looking to purchase a new walk behind lawn aerator this spring. My hope is that technology has come a long way in 8 years and I can find one that is easier to use. The bluebird is the only lawn aerator I have ever used.

I do 250 - 300 lawn aerations per year. All of my business is residential and 90% of my yards are less the 4k sq ft so I am looking for something that is easy to maneuver

The two lawn aerators that I have been looking at are the Turfco TurnAer4 and the Plugr. I got the DVD from turfco and the TurnAer4 appears to operate well. Does anyone own either of these aerators and would you recommend them.

The bluebird has been rock solid for 8 years but I am looking for something that is easier on the body. I hope to have something new in the trailer by next month.



Gerry Barr
02-11-2009, 01:55 PM
okay after much research I have narrowed it down to the

Classen TA17D split drive aerator - 3434.98 out the door


Turfco TurnAer 4 - 3460 + shipping

Any input on either of these units would be much appreciated.

Exact Rototilling
02-11-2009, 02:55 PM
I'm a fan of the Plugr 850HD. It has the densest and most concentrated aeration pattern on the planet and I market the service that way. I've measured it with a square foot cut cardboard cut out. 9 to 11 plugs per square foot on average. Maybe it's too many plugs?

I was considering the Ryan 28 http://www.ryanturf.com/products/lawn_aerators/lawnaire_28/ but decided to go with the Plugr because of the reverse hydro drive and the fact that the Ryan tends to be a bit top heavy due to it high cg. and tricycle platform and it has has no reverse.

I wish I had access to comprehensive data on every aerator out there. Some with say a rolling tine aerator has the advantage of "soil fracturing" but my counter argument is more plugs can't be bad.

I do admit the new Lawn Solution aerators especially the stander model look really appealing and easy to use. :)

02-11-2009, 03:04 PM
The Turfco Turnaer is an excellent unit if you have to use a walk behind. There are a lot of yards we can do without lifting the tines out of the ground more than once or twice. You can also get a sulky for bigger areas - it's pretty nice and sure beats walking.

Gerry Barr
02-11-2009, 06:21 PM
For the TunAer how are the break levers to use after a day of aerating. I had heard these can be a bit hard on your hands.

Barefoot James
02-11-2009, 10:06 PM
You better check this out before you buy old technology


02-18-2009, 10:08 PM
Grasshopper + AeroVator all the way..

Barefoot James
02-18-2009, 11:18 PM
Where the pics with the AERO-Vator attachment?? I know you an get one for this unit - do you have one too like your comment says?

02-18-2009, 11:32 PM
yep.. got pne and love it :) they have videos of it on grasshopper site\

02-19-2009, 08:58 AM
I have a Turnaer 4 with very low hours for sale. Send pm if interested.

02-20-2009, 08:07 PM
I got this from another thread on Lawnsite under Pesticde applicators and such. He talking about aerators.



Exact Rototilling
02-20-2009, 09:45 PM
I don't care what anybody says....I'm looking forward to the DVD & info pack called "mowing freedom" from the creators of "aeration freedom". :laugh:

Complete with a $200 off coupon from company XYZ. :hammerhead:

Exact Rototilling
02-20-2009, 09:48 PM
sorry dup post :hammerhead: