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WHIPPLE5.7
12-28-2011, 08:32 PM
I've been out of this game for a little over a year now. Mostly did dethatching but I did have an old drum aerator I used once in awhile but it ended up with too many problems to use. I'm thinking of firing things back up this spring as my job is a total joke with seriously low pay and no benifits. I wouldn't mind getting an aerator but I don't want to kill myself using one. I'd like one thats somewhat fast and easy to use. I can't seem to find the website on Lawn solutions but that duel hydro seems like a great concept. I'm also not looking to spend many many thousands of dollars either so that one might not work.:confused:

ReddensLawnCare
12-29-2011, 12:17 AM
Depends on the property size. I have a classen TA19 and a billygoat towbehind that does an awesome job. It works great for me with my size property and current available help

ReddensLawnCare
12-29-2011, 12:22 AM
Also, if you are not doing many or can get them lined up, then renting one is a great option as well.

THIESSENS TLC
12-29-2011, 12:26 AM
See if u can find an old Bannerman. The ones with the loop handles.
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WHIPPLE5.7
12-29-2011, 10:43 AM
So the newer ones are no good? Did lawn solutions go out of business or something? I haven't found any reviews or info on their dual hydro that supposedly came out in May.
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DA Quality Lawn & YS
12-29-2011, 11:54 AM
I run the Turfco XT5 and though not effortless to use, is a fair bit easier than a standard Ryan type to run. $3,500 will get you one.

NEW CITY LAWN CARE LLC
12-29-2011, 12:39 PM
Billy Goat has one for $2500 New, its smaller but does the job
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Jason Rose
12-29-2011, 03:24 PM
I bought a Turfco turnare6 last fall, what a machine! The turning ability is do nice to have. Its still a lot of work, but I'm covering more ground per hour, probably double over the old ryan. The XT-5 I'd love to try, but I bet if I did I'd wish I had bought one of those instead...
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aeration
12-29-2011, 09:33 PM
I own the Lawn Solutions Ride On aerator, dual hydro, and single hydro. The ride on and dual hydro can both fit on my 5x10 trailer. I have a side load gate that allows access to the dual hydro without removing the ride on (if I don't need the ride on; gated back yard less than 48" wide)

I am very pleased with my LS equipment. If I didn't own LS equipment, I would consider getting out of the aeration business.
www.plugitlawn.com

ReddensLawnCare
12-30-2011, 01:02 AM
Lawn solutions sold out to Toro. Toro will now sell a red version of the near identical unit

gusbuster
12-30-2011, 11:41 AM
for smaller yards, either the turfco or classens split drive aerators are good to.

WHIPPLE5.7
12-30-2011, 04:00 PM
Kinda looks like the XT5 is the way to go then. That's about as cheap as a new one gets and hydro drive too.
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jfoxtrot9
12-30-2011, 10:12 PM
Lawn solutions sold out to Toro. Toro will now sell a red version of the near identical unit

Here is a link to the new line of aerators that was once Lawn Solutions. Now Exmark.

http://www.outdoorpowerequipment.com/ME2/Audiences/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=&type=news&mod=News&mid=9A02E3B96F2A415ABC72CB5F516B4C10&AudID=CC89A83758524B50A259F8625D73475B&tier=3&nid=AB851E42CD70474C896A20A4EC85BA29

NEW CITY LAWN CARE LLC
12-30-2011, 10:16 PM
I can only imagine the huge price tag on the standon aerators?
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ted putnam
12-30-2011, 10:42 PM
Here is a link to the new line of aerators that was once Lawn Solutions. Now Exmark.

http://www.outdoorpowerequipment.com/ME2/Audiences/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=&type=news&mod=News&mid=9A02E3B96F2A415ABC72CB5F516B4C10&AudID=CC89A83758524B50A259F8625D73475B&tier=3&nid=AB851E42CD70474C896A20A4EC85BA29

From what I read on the link you posted, I guess all I need to do is find my local Exmark dealer and they should at least be able to order one for me this spring if we are able to come to an agreement on price. It will be between that and the Turfco dual hydro. My regular mechanic/mower shop deals in Bobcat mowers (I love mine) and he had a Ryan aerator for $2500 but that thing seems like it would be a "beast" to operate.

turfcobob
12-31-2011, 12:13 PM
I've been out of this game for a little over a year now. Mostly did dethatching but I did have an old drum aerator I used once in awhile but it ended up with too many problems to use. I'm thinking of firing things back up this spring as my job is a total joke with seriously low pay and no benifits. I wouldn't mind getting an aerator but I don't want to kill myself using one. I'd like one thats somewhat fast and easy to use. I can't seem to find the website on Lawn solutions but that duel hydro seems like a great concept. I'm also not looking to spend many many thousands of dollars either so that one might not work.:confused:

You should take a look at the Turfco XT5 at Turfco.com . It is way beyond the old drum style machines we designed back in the 70s. Hydro drive, fingertip reverse will turn in it's own length and is about the same labor as a self propelled 21 inch mower. You can honestly operate it with one hand even in turns. You really have to operate it to believe how it works.

ted putnam
12-31-2011, 03:10 PM
:nono: Turfcobob, why are you not trying to talk me out of even thinking about going to an Exmark dealer??:laugh: I'm just giving you a little grief! I went to the Turfco website and checked out the XT5. I see $3295 is the price and it ships direct. I guess shipping would bump that up some depending on my location?? I will check the dealer locator and see how close one is to me.