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Old 02-15-2011, 09:59 PM
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Turfco xt5 vs Lawn Solutions 21"aerator

Do any of you lawnsite fella's and gal's have any feedback on the new Turfco xt5.Interested in how well the unit pulls plugs .Has anyone used both units and are there any advantages or disadvantages that the Turfco xt5 has over the Lawn Solutions 21" aerator.
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Old 02-16-2011, 11:58 PM
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If my memory is correct they won't ship till March which is already well into aeration season in many areas. What I'm wondering about is the dimensions of the Turfco one vs. the Lawn Solutions unit. Still haven't figured out if the Turfco one has 5 tines across or 6?
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:13 AM
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Thanks Exact Rototilling for the heads up on the March release after going back through the turfco thread I did see a release date.I wonder if Turfco put out any demo units for trial basis?Been kicking around replacing my current aerator and have been following your threads on your Plugr unit and what a good job it does pulling plugs.My area isn't real rocky so I shouldn't have as much wear and tear issues as your experiencing .Just wanted to see how the Turfco stacked up in the hydro aerator world so I could make the best educated decisions .
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:57 PM
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Thanks Exact Rototilling for the heads up on the March release after going back through the turfco thread I did see a release date.I wonder if Turfco put out any demo units for trial basis?Been kicking around replacing my current aerator and have been following your threads on your Plugr unit and what a good job it does pulling plugs.My area isn't real rocky so I shouldn't have as much wear and tear issues as your experiencing .Just wanted to see how the Turfco stacked up in the hydro aerator world so I could make the best educated decisions .
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The Plugr Hydro's are a dream to run in soil free of rocks and rooted areas plus the pneumatic tires allow one to drop the rear of the unit to compensate for tine wear. As Plugr tines wear the core diameters actually increase slightly resulting in a shorter and fatter plug.

The Lawn Solutions is a big relief to run in lawns that have high rock counts.

There are pros and cons on reciprocating vs. rolling tines. Soil fracturing is a plus due to the elongation process of the tine entering and leavening the hole. Some claim reciprocating aerators compact the bottom of the plug hole?

Purdue seems to think there is an advantage:

snipped from http://www.agry.purdue.edu/turf/pubs/AY-8.pdf
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Old 02-18-2011, 04:34 PM
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Just got the latest issue of TURF and I was thinking... sweet a review of the new Turfco unit....nah just a picture of it. Dang!
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Old 02-18-2011, 10:08 PM
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Just got the latest issue of TURF and I was thinking... sweet a review of the new Turfco unit....nah just a picture of it. Dang!
Last month they had a article on the plunger but like usual a lot of word but no info.

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Good thread, I wanna know the diff between LS's aerator and Turfco's new one.
I am going to get one or the other by this fall - may as well make it the best one for the buck.
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Good thread, I wanna know the diff between LS's aerator and Turfco's new one.
I am going to get one or the other by this fall - may as well make it the best one for the buck.
I looked at both I would say they were designed buy the same person ? They are the same but a little different. I would not buy earthier because they are front wheel drive.And do not go very well in transport mode. But if had to chose one it would be a turfco because the hump in the back come off so you can work on the tines.To me that is a big plus With out turning it over. Just my thoughts

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With Lawn Solutions fold.to handleto the front tip unit and stand it up on concrete. Stays in place.just fine lots of access.
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Ok any XT5 owner out there yet? Post pics of your Plugs already.

Pics of your plugs will get pics of my LS WB plugs

Also post pics of the meat and potatoes of the machine - lets see some tines. Measure them across etc.
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