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Old 04-08-2012, 01:58 PM
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There is 21" Single Hydro, 24" Dual Hydro, 30" Riding...which one?
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Old 04-08-2012, 02:05 PM
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There is 21" Single Hydro, 24" Dual Hydro, 30" Riding...which one?
I am most interested in the 24 dual hydro which I expect is 3200 to 3500.
Might consider the single hydro 21 since we do not do a ton of aeration if the price difference is significant.

The 30 is nice but too big to get into a 36" gate.
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Old 04-08-2012, 02:06 PM
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Entry 24" Dual Hydro will be around 4,900

The 30" machine is the real money maker!
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Old 04-08-2012, 02:12 PM
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Entry 24" Dual Hydro will be around 4,900

The 30" machine is the real money maker!
For who the dealer? J/K

I am sure it would be on estate lawns and commerical accounts with wide open spaces.
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Old 04-08-2012, 02:15 PM
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Most companies who have them are doing 600+ aerations in the fall with just 1 person per machine.

You need a lot of jobs to keep one buisy.
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Old 04-08-2012, 02:23 PM
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Most companies who have them are doing 600+ aerations in the fall with just 1 person per machine.

You need a lot of jobs to keep one buisy.
My commerical accounts are the middle market type.
My residentials are a mix of estate, horse farms and decent track homes.

I suppose I need to find someone with the 21. I can demo
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Old 04-08-2012, 02:56 PM
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That is what I would do....local dealer will have them.
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:34 AM
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Could you clarify on what the differences between the 30" Stander version of the Toro and Exmark are?

I couldn't really tell from the information on the websites. At least nothing really stood out at me. Perhaps I just missed it.
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:41 AM
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Did all the former lawn solutions dealers pick up the exmark lines for aerators?
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:58 AM
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Has anyone purchased the turfco xt5 with the Subaru motor? I purchased this unit 2 weeks ago and we have done over 100 jobs with it so I feel I have tested it well and it has been nothing but trouble.

I chose the Subaru engine because I have a Subaru engine in my one of my lawn edgerís, lawn solutions seeder, and my power washer. This Subaru motor in this equipment has been as good as any of my Honda motors so I became a big fan of Subaru small engines which made choosing the Subaru a no brainer when I purchased the Turfco xt5

Problem one: After unpacking this unit it would not run for more than a few minutes running without abruptly stopping. After about an hour of messing with it gave up. The next day one of my guys got it to run so we put it in the trailer to test it out.

Problem 2: Tiny gas tank, maybe 12 Ė 16 oz. tank at best. We were half way through our 2nd residential aeration of the day and it ran out of gas. My thought was that I just did not fill the tank up completely. The next Job a HOA property about 15k sf. Got one guys on the Turfco then other on our big split drive claussen. The turfco had to be filled up twice to complete the job so my guy had to huff it to the truck get the gas to fill the turfco up. I have never owned commercial equipment that would only run for 30 minutes before running out of gas. This is a big issue when this aerator runs out of gas we can be several hundred feet away from the truck. Very unproductive With a two man crew we do about 12-15 aeration's a day. too much time is spent filling the tank. Per Turfco they have sold many with this motor and there have not been any complaints with the short run time per tank. This may not be a problem with the size of the tank but perhaps my engine has an issue that is consuming fuel faster.

Problem 3: Problem 1 has resurfaced. The unit will abruptly stop running 1-3 times per tank about every other tank. Takes a few pulls to get it going then runs fine until it will abruptly stop running again. Ad refueling every other job and too much time is wasted throughout the day.

Problem 4: First job of the day this engine is a bear to start when it has sits overnight. It takes 25 Ė 40 pulls to get this running in the morning. This is not an exaggeration. By day 2 of using this machine my guys started counting how many pulls it took to it running so the 25-40 pulls is accurate. Now no one wants the first job with this machine because starting it will wear you out for the day. And these 25 -40 pulls are not Honda motor easy pulls this machine has some compression and takes allot of effort.

Problem 5: Turfco service was great when I purchased the unit. Now there response time and answers to my issues is terrible at best. Still waiting for my call back from Turfco from last week. Now that my 14 day trial period has ended (yesterday) I am guessing they will be calling me to tell me I own it.

When this machine is running itís a fantastic machine. If I did not have this engine problem, and short run time issues I would have no complaints.

I would love to hear form anyone on this forum has the Turfco x5 with the Subaru motor and if you have seen the issues I have. If not then perhaps I got the lemon out of the bunch.

For now with the engine intermittently shutting off this aerator is going to sit until Turfco either fixes this unit, ship one with the briggs or refunds my money.


We finally got some figures from Subaru on the engine and the gas burn the way we are using it is .11 gal per hr. If it is using more than that the engine should have a tech take a look at it. I recently had a honda do the same thing and when we got to looking the float was stuck and it was spewing gas out of the carb and it was a hidden engine so you could not see it when running. Cleaned float valve and all is well. Spoke with Jim and he said your new engine was at the dealer or should be it was sent. Good luck usually the Subaru engine has been a very good engine. Sorry for your problems
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