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GravelyGuy
07-05-2009, 05:52 PM
I'm about to go check this out, any comments? Good deal?

http://tippecanoe.craigslist.org/grd/1247592821.html

GravelyGuy
07-05-2009, 10:05 PM
So no comments...

Well, I snatched it up. It has had better days, but is very functional. Now I won't have to schedule all my jobs on one day and rent:dancing:

It has no stickers on it so I don't know the model or anything. If anyone has any info on it, please let me know.

foreplease
07-08-2009, 12:33 AM
The craigslist posting has been removed. What did you get? I'd like to have a RA 24 myself. Is yours a walk behind with eight sets of tines on a camshaft? Or is it a roller type? Or possibly the ride-on GA-30? I have an older GA-60 pull beind with three cylinder engine but it is in need of some repair.

The GA-24s track a little too heavily on soft ground or short grass but pull great plugs. Put some pictures up please.

GravelyGuy
07-08-2009, 11:20 PM
The craigslist posting has been removed. What did you get? I'd like to have a RA 24 myself. Is yours a walk behind with eight sets of tines on a camshaft? Or is it a roller type? Or possibly the ride-on GA-30? I have an older GA-60 pull beind with three cylinder engine but it is in need of some repair.

The GA-24s track a little too heavily on soft ground or short grass but pull great plugs. Put some pictures up please.

Here are a few pics. I cleaned and greased, but I don't know if I should mess with the oil in the gear box that connects directly to the engine. I don't think there is a way to check the fluid without draining it. Any info?

foreplease
07-09-2009, 12:49 AM
Sorry, I am not familiar with that model. Hope it works well for you.

Mr. Force™, Billy Goat Industries
07-09-2009, 11:31 AM
Older style Ryan Lawnaire IV. That series has been out there for quite a while and should serve you well. I wouldn't worry about the oil in the gearbox. Aerators don't really challenge 6:1 gear reductions.

GravelyGuy
07-10-2009, 12:41 AM
Older style Ryan Lawnaire IV. That series has been out there for quite a while and should serve you well. I wouldn't worry about the oil in the gearbox. Aerators don't really challenge 6:1 gear reductions.

Thanks for the info. It is a simple design, there doesn't seem to be much that could go wrong on it. My fingers are crossed that it will hold up this fall.

DiyDave
07-12-2009, 07:55 PM
I have had one for years, unless its leaking, where can gear oil go? As long as you can see some in the fill/breather, you're OK. Check your drive chain and sprockets for wear, and check to see that the drum hasn't split from freezing, and you're good to go.:drinkup:

jbturf
07-12-2009, 07:58 PM
there is usually a check plug on the front side of the gear reduction unit,
be sure to level the machine 1st
g/l

weicm3
07-19-2009, 11:20 AM
how much did you pay for it? (if you don't mind)

GravelyGuy
07-19-2009, 12:09 PM
there is usually a check plug on the front side of the gear reduction unit,
be sure to level the machine 1st
g/l

How do you check it? Doesn't the oil just run out?

It was $500 BTW.

moose303
07-20-2009, 01:49 AM
We have been running 3 very similar machines; 2 with Honda motors (that's what yours looks like) and 1 with a Briggs and Stratton. We do about 190 yards every fall between the 3 machines, and have been for the past four years. Never had any major problems. We paid 350-400 for each machine (used from rental outlets).

teye69
06-05-2010, 02:00 PM
Would like to buy a Ryan 28 aerator or Plugr PL850 used and in good condition. Can reply to pagia@wowway.com
Located in Northern Illinois area but will travel a ways for right machine

Looking forward to hearing from an owner wishing to sell

teye69
06-05-2010, 02:02 PM
Would like to buy a Ryan 28 aerator or Plugr PL850 used and in good condition.
Can reach me at pagia@wowway.com

Looking forward to hearing from someone wishing to sell equipment

wrager
06-05-2010, 03:38 PM
I saw a Plugr on ebay last week. Can't remeber the location though.

jonthepain
07-05-2010, 02:30 PM
San Diego. Too far for me...