View Full Version : Any cost effective recommendations for a pull behind aerator for the ztr's?

10-30-2003, 09:58 PM
I know weight is a problem with the pull behind units and I don't want to spend the $ for a full out walk behind machine. What cost effective aerators are you ladies and gentlemen using? Perhaps some links or prices would help also.

10-30-2003, 10:41 PM
The Feldmann Turfvent is an EXCELLENT machine (towbehind) for the money. It went for about $400 a few years ago, but is heavily built for the money. You can use 4 or 5 bags of tubesand on top of it for weight.

10-31-2003, 01:40 AM
I just rented a Turfvent yesterday. Ihave a JD that I bent some tines on so I went up to the local rental shop. I got a 48" and it worked awesome. Heck ,$30 for the whole day, great deal!

Richard Martin
10-31-2003, 02:02 AM
The TurfVent is $528 for the 48" pull behind core areator. Not a bad deal at all. It's very similar to the Sears model except it has twice as many tines.

Part Timer
10-31-2003, 05:02 AM
I just bought a pull behind from lesco's. Its 60" wide and you can take the hith off and it will hook up to a tractors 3 point hitch. Its around 400 lbs. and it was $1600. Its commercial quality with all the bearings. They also offer a 48" for $1400.

10-31-2003, 06:43 AM
Ok, let me ask this then. What amount of weight would you not exceed when pulling with a rider? How much weight before the stress of the load could start to effect the hydro unit?

10-31-2003, 08:03 AM
You may laugh at this, but I have a friend that bought two Lowe's specials for $40 a piece. Tow behind core aerators, for large areas. Put a couple of cinder blocks on it for weight, and the things actually work great. I laughed at first, but you'll see me with a couple for next season. Gotta love disposable aerators! :cool:

10-31-2003, 08:56 AM
I bought the 40" Brinly plug aerator at home depot for my personal use ... and it does the job. I paid $140 for it.


Team Gopher
10-31-2003, 09:34 AM
Here is a picture of the Turfvent. Click image for link.

http://www.jiffy-on-ice.com/images/turfvent30.jpg (http://www.jiffy-on-ice.com/turfvent30.htm)

10-31-2003, 10:51 AM
I have the feldman turfvent and have used it for about 6 years. Just replaced the tines this year at a cost of about $100 for the tines. It does the job for me. I would also look at the Claussen (Lesco), .........while it is about 3 times the price of the feldman it is also built heavier and should last longer.

11-03-2003, 05:17 PM
I see that feld man also makes a castor type aerator tomount in front of mowers. Has anyone used one of these? How about pattern density of the turfvents? Those tines look a long was apart. Would you go over the area twice?

kickin sum grass
11-03-2003, 06:04 PM
we have the lesco. Very seldom have to add weight but when we do it is 50 - 100 lbs. (usually use 1 or 2 bags of fert off the truck). It works great and very quick. you can tell itis there but has not hurt the z yet after 4 years. Well worth the money for long term purchase. It will last forever and we use it a lot. $1400 / by forever equals jack squat for cost. That is better than spending 2-400 every few years to replace a cheap model. MY opinion only.