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Old 10-14-2010, 07:57 PM
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wheel bearings + more = Ryan aerators

During the past two weeks, we've replaced wheel bearings on 5 Ryan aerator wheels. 3 on our 48" tow-behinds (hydraulic lift) and 2 on our Ryan walk-behinds (Lawn Aire IV's). We've also had to replace drums on 2 Ryan walk-behinds (this takes two man hours), sprockets, and chains too. Most guys around here seem to be running TURFCO aerators -- I can see why, cuz our TURFCO aerators do not have these problems.

We get Ryan parts in 3 or 4 days. TURFCO parts = next day (if ever needed). I think we will phase out our Ryans because of the maintenance headaches & downtime. Thinking about adding more LS aerators, but I heard that TURFCO is coming out with a new line of aerator that puts all to shame. We'll see. Meanwhile, we're disappointed with our Ryans. Anybody else? Short-lived drums, shelled out bearings, short life with sprockets & chains????

Anybody else thinking about switching away from Ryan aerators? thanks
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Old 10-14-2010, 10:57 PM
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Larry - I rented a Ryan for a couple days to knock out my Aerations.
I would be interested in pursuing a Turfco if ease of use is better than the Ryans.
What Turfco model/s do you have?
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Old 10-15-2010, 03:50 PM
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FWIW, you may want to look at Bluebird. Ive had mine 14 yrs. w/o major problems.
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Old 10-15-2010, 04:01 PM
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FWIW, you may want to look at Bluebird. Ive had mine 14 yrs. w/o major problems.
That's because is such a beotch to use that the sucker sits on in the shop (I have a Classen).
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Old 10-15-2010, 04:10 PM
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Its prone to break or too bulky?
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Old 10-15-2010, 04:13 PM
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Its prone to break or too bulky?
No, it was designed by the Taliban as a torture device for Americans. It just so happens as you are being tortured you are punching beneficial holes in the lawn.
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Old 10-15-2010, 07:04 PM
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Textron = not really Ryan

We only have one TURFCO aerator. TurnAer6 w/sulky. It's probably 6 years old, and it has never broke down. So we plan to keep it.

2 Ryan walk-behinds are 5 years old, and they don't hold up. One of our other Ryans is nearly 20 years old (light green color), yet it still "functions". Ever since Textron bought Ryan, I think the quality has gone downhill.

We have a Ryan LawnAire V for sale. $900, and it runs just fine. (let me know)

A local LCO told me TURFCO is redesigning an aerator (not sure), but he was the one that originally told us about the TurnAer when it first came out, so we bought one, and we like it. I don't think there's much difference between Ryan & TURFCO regarding ease of use. Main difference is the TURFCO is much better built.

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Larry - I rented a Ryan for a couple days to knock out my Aerations.
I would be interested in pursuing a Turfco if ease of use is better than the Ryans.
What Turfco model/s do you have?
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Old 10-15-2010, 07:37 PM
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Guess I 'm a brute !
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Old 10-15-2010, 05:14 PM
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ill join in here,

we have a ryan lawnaireV i think, the one that is 28in wide or so. it has been with us about 10 years now and we have had to replace three times all the linkages and bearings and the chain several times. this is despite making sure it is well lubed and oil on the chain etc. so yes, actaully it is not all that sturdy. we then bought a classen split drive which was a monster with no issues but kick your butt to use. no one wanted to use it and it sat.

then, we tryed a plugr 850 hydro. wow, so much better at its job and easier to use. we liked it so much we then bought a new 855 plugr which did have some issues with a defective part(think it is fixed now) has really been a great machine. it of course needs to stand the test of time, but i think it will. i feel we need to also phase out our ryan(now no one wants to use it) for another plugr, or honestly maybe a lawn solutions, dont know. i know what i want but that is another thread.
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