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Old 02-11-2011, 11:10 AM
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well a call into them and they won't be releasing until May or so. Soooooo wondering what to do at this point. they say it is only at 4.5 mph and are trying to get a higher speed on it. at 4.5 I would say it is not worth it. but at say 6-7mph and doing 1-1.5 acres and hour would definitely be worth it. said pulls around 9holes per sqft. and a price of 4250.00 and 350 for the sulky. We will see. I would love to have one of these if it is more productive than what I have.
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Old 02-11-2011, 11:25 AM
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You ever hear of You Tube? There are tons of videos of LS aerators - up close, pulling plugs the 11 minute one shows all the latest and there is a ton of threads on this site telling everybody of not only the history, evolution and improvements but how well they work, money you can make and why they are the best compared to the ryans, pluggers, claussens and turfco's. Do some digging on the site and go to -
http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...s+aerator&aq=0
You must have better luck than me... I looked on youtube and find 3 or 4 videos of their machines, and 2 are the ones from their website.

I hear positives AND negatives about them too, I've seen many posts containing complaints about the core depth and quantity. I'm trying to see if these are real issues or just unvalidated claims from operators trying to use the machine in less than ideal conditions, like the ground being too dry. I want to like the newest dual hydro machine, trust me...

I have a LS revitilizer I bought, used, last fall, and honestly it does not live up to the claims. It does more damage to existing turf and brings up too much dead grass to really be used for general overseeding. It's also very hard to use as the transmission literally drags the ground if the lawn isn't pool table smooth. I know that's not what this thread is about, just pointing out that reading the claims from others doesn't always equal the 100% truth.
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Old 02-11-2011, 12:12 PM
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I was hoping that it would be at the New England Grows show, there was only a used rider at one of the mower dealers Richard and Clapper or something like that.
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Old 02-11-2011, 12:20 PM
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This is my son aerating some old sod. We bought this unit new last fall.



If it's hard to see the cores in the photo, it's because there aren't very many, and the ones that are there aren't very deep.

Maybe I need to add some more weight, but I'll be darned if I'm going to spend $85 + shipping for a hunk of cement with a u-bolt sticking out of it. I'm going to make some more by using the existing one as a form.

Note spinning right wheel. This is a constant problem. If the ground isn't perfectly level, you will be fighting this machine all day long.

Also a lot of fun running up a ramp, as mentioned in several other threads, but you get used to that after a while.

It sure looks easy in the video, though, doesn't it?
I beleive yours is the 21". The one everyone is talking about is the 24" dual hydro with rear wheel drive and canister type wheels on the front.

Just wondering why they were talking this up and have it on You-Tube but it is not on their website?
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Old 02-11-2011, 12:28 PM
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I beleive yours is the 21". The one everyone is talking about is the 24" dual hydro with rear wheel drive and canister type wheels on the front.

Just wondering why they were talking this up and have it on You-Tube but it is not on their website?
They are still fine tuning the machine. They only have it going 4.5 mph right now and are trying to target it to go 6-7mph, which will increase productivity.
Release date they said was around May.
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Old 02-11-2011, 12:29 PM
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The 21" model in the post by jonthepain, I don't see why the front wheels spinning would matter when aerating, the tines in the ground is what propels the machine while in operation, the front wheels would only drive it when you have the tines UP, or am I missing something here?

I think LS did the same with all of their machines. As soon as they have one built and useable they post up videos and start creating a hype for the machine. Just marketing. Once they know they have customers lining up for them they start bringing them out for actual sale. In the meantime it gives them time to do more R & D on them and make sure there's no major problems going to arrise. Probably better than designing and building a new machine, producing 1,000 of them and THEN start advertizing them... If it ends up being a flop, or something no one really wants, they would be stuck with a huge number of machines.

I don't understand the use of residential push mower looking Briggs engines... I'd think there has to be better alternatives out there that wouldn't really cost that much more to step up to a Kawi, Honda, or Kohler engine, preferably like others pointed out, with a larger fuel tank.
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Old 02-11-2011, 12:41 PM
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the "hydro" is what makes it easier to turn, thus the spinning front wheel when tines are down.

not sure if the split tine classen turns easier than a hydro or not. that's a tine drive only i believe.

LS offers a honda engine, but i figured it would be cheaper not to pay the extra $ for the honda and run the briggs till it died, then simply replace it with a honda.
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Old 02-11-2011, 12:42 PM
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and yeah, that's the 21. the 24 came out a couple of weeks after i bought it.

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Old 02-11-2011, 01:12 PM
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I have the split drive classen, it sucks turning
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Old 02-11-2011, 01:16 PM
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well in that case i'm glad i got the LS and not the Classen.

I was also looking at the Plugr.
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