Old 04-16-2011, 01:54 PM
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Feedback on Ryan tow behind aerators but not 3 point hitch.

Ok who here has used either one of these or both? Also interested in results set up with double tines for the 3 x 3 pattern vs. the standard 6 x 6 pattern? And the added weight that would be required. Or forget the double tine and just do a double pass?

I currently don't have any tow vehicle for either and possibly would end up with a utility vehicle to tow it?

This year I'm pricing aerations based on plug count per square foot and I'm actively pushing the more plugs angle is "really better for YOUR LAWN" and worth more $.


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Old 04-17-2011, 09:19 PM
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Been using the Ryan pull-behinds for over 20 years. Hydraulic lift - not 3-point, cuz you can't turn and aerate with a 3-point aerator. We tried doubling the tines, but the plug depth was too shallow, so we ended up going with 1.5 number of tines. We also add 50 lbs of (John Deere) weights. Total width = 48". Actual aeration width = 36". Shallowest plugs we pull = 1 inch (dry soil). Deepest plugs = 3 1/2 inches. It pulls out more plugs than anything else we have ever used except for our TURFCO aerators.

My guys really like the Turnaire w/sulky. They are very fast, and we are also able to do some trim areas. We've used the Turnaire w/sulky for many years, and they seem to hold up better than any other aerator we have ever used. Our most preferred manufacturer would be TURFCO. Made in the USA, they answer their phones, they usually ship parts the same day, and TURFCO is "proactive" -- ie: if there is equipment that needs upgraded, they let us know ahead of time, and they have shipped upgrades at no charge (at THEIR expense). BTW this is one just one reason we are running T3000 spreader/sprayer units. If we need a part, it's here within 24 hours.

Our Ryan pull-behinds work well much of the time (we pull them with John Deere 445's). But you have to be careful climbing slopes and on soft soils. Getting parts is also an issue. Last time we ordered Ryan aeration parts, it took about 2 months. TURFCO = "next day". Go figure.
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