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Old 10-29-2007, 10:49 PM
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Buying a new Aerator

Went to the power equipment show looking for a new aerator. Kind of liked the First Products machine. I don't need the seed box, already have an overseeder. I'm thinking about the version sold by Grasshopper that mounts on the ZTR. I think it would be easier to handle than the tractor 3 point version in a lawn. Any one have any experience with these machines?
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Old 11-02-2007, 02:41 PM
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Have not , I recently bought a ryan wb works pretty good will work your --- off though. let me know how that works .
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Old 11-02-2007, 04:35 PM
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Have a Ryan, Classen and a Plugr.
The Plugr is the easiest on your body....
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Old 11-02-2007, 04:40 PM
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check out these guys..http://turf-aire.com/index.html
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Old 11-02-2007, 09:21 PM
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I agree w/ turf-aire.

The heavy duty 36" pull behind is easy to use, but you can't back into corners. I reason that there is little traffic there, compressing the soil, -- yada yada. But for the remainder of large areas, you can double, triple or quadruple pass. I even went over large pine mulched areas for the sake of the trees.

For fun, I used it the moment it arrived during a dry spell. It pulled decent plugs of 1.5-2". After rain 2.5-3" three days later. Criss-crossed each time.

After over seeding & starter fert .... 12 days later the grass is looking great!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-02-2007, 10:35 PM
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I agree w/ turf-aire.

The heavy duty 36" pull behind is easy to use......
What do you pull your turf-aire with? I'm thinking about getting one. Great sale price. Could you pull one with a 17 HP riding mower? Or would I need to use my ZTR?
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Old 11-02-2007, 11:21 PM
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An Aeravator on a Grasshopper is great. On the larger aeravator you need a tractor unit with hydraulic deck lift i.e some sort of liquid-cooled (721D, 722D, 928D, 725, 729, 932) machine. They do a very good job on one pass plus you sit and have the maneuverability of a zero-turn. I don't know how I did it with a walk-behind. I can't believe all the time I saved also.
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Old 11-03-2007, 06:00 AM
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I have a JRCO hooking aerator, and I think it works great. Pretty pricey thought , but on the front of my Lazer Z , pretty fast. It willn't kick our butt ether. I ran one of those Ryan ones and needed a nap afterword.
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Old 11-04-2007, 11:27 AM
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What do you pull your turf-aire with? I'm thinking about getting one. Great sale price. Could you pull one with a 17 HP riding mower? Or would I need to use my ZTR?
I used Gravely 144 xdz at 21 hp. I believe Bishop will give you good advice. Also check towing limits of your machine. You need good hydraulic pump motors as well as hp.

Also consider terrain. Pulling uphill may be a strain.

Good luck.
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Old 11-05-2007, 10:37 AM
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There are aerators out there that will fill every need in the industry today. You have to list what your needs are first. i.e. gates, hillls, small lawns, big lawns, transport and on and on. You are the only one who knows what your needs are. It may take more than one machine to hit all your requirements as there is no one single machine that will do it all. I would advise you to stick with coring aeration if you are selling the service. Core Aeration is the best and will have a lasting effect. If you remove some soil you are creating a vacant spot in the soil as well as fracturing the surrounding soil. The soil and plants will have to move to replace the soil missing in the hole plus the core on the surface will bread down slowly helping to control the thatch layer. If you do not remove a core you are just making a hole in the ground with compaction around it. the hole will close up at the first good watering.
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