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pplm
10-01-2010, 06:05 PM
I am currently using a tractor with a 3 point hitch and woods core aerator. Thinking about getting rid of the tractor and aerator to buy one of 2 machines. Any thoughts of which one would be better or would it be better to keep going with the tractor. I do have a ryan walkbehind I use it smaller areas.

buttaluv
10-02-2010, 09:10 AM
why would you want to do that? I was thinking about going that route (tractor/3-point)

pplm
10-02-2010, 09:28 PM
First of all it takes up alot of room. Second of all the tractor is fast but you have to go forward then backwards. When you go backwards you cover your cores with the tires. Dont get me wrong it is a whole lot easier then a walkbehind but just seeing if anyone thought a ride on would be easier.

pplm
10-04-2010, 12:02 PM
I cant believe that there isnt anyone that has any opinions on this??

MnLefty
10-04-2010, 12:24 PM
I can't compare the two since I have not used the LT Rich machine, but I will say you would not be disappointed with the Lawn Solutions ride-on. It is one of the best investments we've made. It does well on all types of properties, small and tight, large and open, hills are no problem. It is compact, quick, and pulls amazing plugs. If it weren't for a few 36" gates we wouldn't need a walkbehind at all.

pplm
10-04-2010, 10:39 PM
Can anyone compare the 2 machines?

americanlawn
01-07-2011, 06:52 PM
I trust you, so I'd like your advice. We currently use Ryan 48" tow-behind aerators (36" actual plug width) for large properties & open areas. With these "beefy" hydraulic-lift "tow-behinds", we can double the number of tines to pull out more plugs, but we have to add weights. Maximum speed = 8 mph. Plug depth varies between 1 inch to 3 inches depending on soil moisture and type. (I know a one inch plug is a rip-off)

I also believe it's easier on the body to "sit" rather than "ride" (like turfcobob said before), and we use walk-behind aerators for trimming & gated back yards.

Questions:

1) We run "two-man" aeration crews, so would it pay for me to buy a Lawn Solutions ride-on aerator?

2) Does "riding" the LS unit wear you out by the end of the day?

3) How many aerations do you do each fall to justify the $8500 investment?

4) Any breakdowns/replacement parts needed?

5) What is the lifespan of the LS ride-on? (our Ryan tow-behinds are over 15 years-old, and they still hold up)

6) What is the effective aeration width? 36" or what?

7) Is customer support good & timely?

rscvp, thanks cuz I'm still considering :waving:



I can't compare the two since I have not used the LT Rich machine, but I will say you would not be disappointed with the Lawn Solutions ride-on. It is one of the best investments we've made. It does well on all types of properties, small and tight, large and open, hills are no problem. It is compact, quick, and pulls amazing plugs. If it weren't for a few 36" gates we wouldn't need a walkbehind at all.

grassman177
01-07-2011, 08:59 PM
always a discussion i want to be involved in, good questions larry.

grassman177
01-07-2011, 10:58 PM
i think the deciding factor on the machines for use "would" be production capabilities.

They are both very good machines, but i already have zspray stuff, and standers which share many service parts.

i see no issues at all with getting most areas very well with a larger unit as the 46in tine set for the zplug.

hackitdown
01-08-2011, 10:05 AM
I rented a Lawn Solutions rider this fall for a day. I did 10 or 11 large properties solo, in one day. It is very productive. It is about as tough on the body as mowing all day, no big deal. I can't justify the purchase price of $8500 since I only did about 20 aerations this year.

When I used to rent a walk-behind aerator, I could do maybe 3 per day solo, but lawns around here are 15K to 30K sq ft. I would be exhausted in no time.

Otherwise I own a tow-behind aerator that I pull with a ZTR. It can aerate a lawn just as fast as the LS rider, but the tow-behind takes 10 minutes to set it up on every job, and 10 minutes to get it back on the trailer. So I bring help to load and unload. And the helper will seed and fertilize if needed.

There are some threads in the Lawn Maintenance & Renovation section of Lawnsite that really get into the details.

Lefet
01-09-2011, 08:23 AM
I trust you, so I'd like your advice. We currently use Ryan 48" tow-behind aerators (36" actual plug width) for large properties & open areas. With these "beefy" hydraulic-lift "tow-behinds", we can double the number of tines to pull out more plugs, but we have to add weights. Maximum speed = 8 mph. Plug depth varies between 1 inch to 3 inches depending on soil moisture and type. (I know a one inch plug is a rip-off)

I also believe it's easier on the body to "sit" rather than "ride" (like turfcobob said before), and we use walk-behind aerators for trimming & gated back yards.

Questions:

1) We run "two-man" aeration crews, so would it pay for me to buy a Lawn Solutions ride-on aerator?

2) Does "riding" the LS unit wear you out by the end of the day?

3) How many aerations do you do each fall to justify the $8500 investment?

4) Any breakdowns/replacement parts needed?

5) What is the lifespan of the LS ride-on? (our Ryan tow-behinds are over 15 years-old, and they still hold up)

6) What is the effective aeration width? 36" or what?

7) Is customer support good & timely?

rscvp, thanks cuz I'm still considering :waving:

May I ask what you use to tow with? I am considering going this route also. Can't justify the expense for LS Rider as we didn't do too many last year, would like to do more this year. Average lawn size here is 15 -30 with a decent mix up to 45. Small amount of gated, less area. I have a Craftsman tractor (15hp B &S liquid cooled), I use around the house. (We have an acre) took the deck off and mostly use it for pushing, pulling, moving firewood, plowing the driveway. Am trying to find someone to fabricate this hitch:

http://www.hearth.com/econtent/index.php/forums/viewthread/55832/
(post #7)
So I can move the trailers around.

Thanks

MnLefty
01-10-2011, 06:18 PM
Larry- See my responses in blue. If you ever get up to the Twin Cities before you buy, let me know and you can come run ours around.

I trust you, so I'd like your advice. We currently use Ryan 48" tow-behind aerators (36" actual plug width) for large properties & open areas. With these "beefy" hydraulic-lift "tow-behinds", we can double the number of tines to pull out more plugs, but we have to add weights. Maximum speed = 8 mph. Plug depth varies between 1 inch to 3 inches depending on soil moisture and type. (I know a one inch plug is a rip-off)

I also believe it's easier on the body to "sit" rather than "ride" (like turfcobob said before), and we use walk-behind aerators for trimming & gated back yards.

The machine is compact enough, you can use it anywhere you would put your T's, maybe even smaller properties than that. The only place we didn't use it was where it physically does not fit, inside a gate, between beds etc... and there were not too many spaces like that. It will pull plugs like crazy, no fear of "cheating" the customer. Spacing is as good or better than our Plugr walk-behinds. It's also VERY simple to use, and after the tiniest bit of practice VERY hard to damage turf with the aerator.

Questions:

1) We run "two-man" aeration crews, so would it pay for me to buy a Lawn Solutions ride-on aerator?

It would in the sense that you would be able to run guys solo for the majority of your properties...

2) Does "riding" the LS unit wear you out by the end of the day?

No more than riding a stander mower, a Z, a T, a Permagreen, or any other "stand-on" unit without a seat. There is no extra "beating" from the aerator, only the wear and tear of riding a machine across imperfect ground. After an adjustment period of "getting your legs under you" many mowers feel better after a day of standing rather than sitting... your legs are better shock absorbers than your butt or back.

3) How many aerations do you do each fall to justify the $8500 investment?

We did just over 80, a bit over a million sq ft last year, billed out a bit more than the cost of the machine... but I bought the machine with the intention of dramatically increasing those numbers this coming year. I honestly believe we could now do 2X that in the same time frame as years past. Aeration used to be viewed as a necessary evil, now I look at it as a big time revenue potential.

4) Any breakdowns/replacement parts needed?

As long as the machine is updated/new from LS, nothing major. Ours was at a dealer, and LS had a bad batch of pulley arms that were a few degrees off on angle, which led to belt tension problems. LS had the updated part coming overnighted our way before we even discovered the problem.

5) What is the lifespan of the LS ride-on? (our Ryan tow-behinds are over 15 years-old, and they still hold up)

That I obviously can't answer, but I would suspect it will be similar to other aerators... The machine will likely see no more than 100 hours per season, so I expect it to last quite a while.

6) What is the effective aeration width? 36" or what?

If memory serves it is 28", but it easily makes it up in speed. "Speed" of the tines is driven by ground speed, so it produces the same core spacing if your creeping or screaming.

7) Is customer support good & timely?

Absolutely... see #4.

rscvp, thanks cuz I'm still considering :waving:

grassman177
01-10-2011, 08:01 PM
so, i have a ?

if it is that good, why not go ahead and make a larger model to offer those looking for more production where say a 46-48in model would be a much better option?

anyone know of any plans.

i know they chains have a pretty good track record, i really like the reliablilty of hydros like a zplug

americanlawn
01-20-2013, 03:04 PM
May I ask what you use to tow with? I am considering going this route also. Can't justify the expense for LS Rider as we didn't do too many last year, would like to do more this year. Average lawn size here is 15 -30 with a decent mix up to 45. Small amount of gated, less area. I have a Craftsman tractor (15hp B &S liquid cooled), I use around the house. (We have an acre) took the deck off and mostly use it for pushing, pulling, moving firewood, plowing the driveway. Am trying to find someone to fabricate this hitch:

http://www.hearth.com/econtent/index.php/forums/viewthread/55832/
(post #7)
So I can move the trailers around.

Thanks

We pull our Ryan pull-behind (hydraulic lift) aerators with John Deere 445's. They are 22 HP. Ryan manual suggests a 20 HP tractor or more. Total width of the aerators = 48". Effective aeration width = 36". If you run the standard set of tines, you won't pull as many plugs as we prefer. You can actually double the number of tines, but plug depth suffers. So we ended up adding 50% more tines, and added a 50 lb weight on top of each aeartor.

Problem is dry ground, soft ground, going up wet slopes, and can't get in tight areas or corners. I like the idea of a stand-on aerator cuz you can adjust the pressure to compensate for hard/dry soil as well as soft ground.

The 2012 drought caused us to do more than ten times the normal number of seeding jobs. Our favorate seeding method is to apply seed - then aerate 3 or 4 times over the seeded areas. We also used mostly turf type tall fescue rather than KBG or rye.

In 2013, we plan to purchase a stand-on aerator. I hate blowing that kind of cash for a piece of "seasonal" equipment, but I think it's time I get out of the 'dark ages'. :laugh:

MnLefty -- thanks for the invite. Stop here anytime you're in the Des Moines area. I'll buy.

djagusch
01-20-2013, 03:18 PM
We pull our Ryan pull-behind (hydraulic lift) aerators with John Deere 445's. They are 22 HP. Ryan manual suggests a 20 HP tractor or more. Total width of the aerators = 48". Effective aeration width = 36". If you run the standard set of tines, you won't pull as many plugs as we prefer. You can actually double the number of tines, but plug depth suffers. So we ended up adding 50% more tines, and added a 50 lb weight on top of each aeartor.

Problem is dry ground, soft ground, going up wet slopes, and can't get in tight areas or corners. I like the idea of a stand-on aerator cuz you can adjust the pressure to compensate for hard/dry soil as well as soft ground.

The 2012 drought caused us to do more than ten times the normal number of seeding jobs. Our favorate seeding method is to apply seed - then aerate 3 or 4 times over the seeded areas. We also used mostly turf type tall fescue rather than KBG or rye.

In 2013, we plan to purchase a stand-on aerator. I hate blowing that kind of cash for a piece of "seasonal" equipment, but I think it's time I get out of the 'dark ages'. :laugh:

MnLefty -- thanks for the invite. Stop here anytime you're in the Des Moines area. I'll buy.
Your just buying because Turfco is finally going to have one for sale.
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