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Old 03-28-2013, 09:06 AM
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Bluebird Aerators...give me the 411

Do you own one or have you owned one and what do you think of them? Is it a good first aerator?
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:25 AM
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Bluebird Aerators...give me the 411

Plugr. Way better
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:29 AM
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Had a bluebird and once I got my PLUGR 855 there was no going back. Sure the PLUGR costs more but I can aerate easily twice as many yards per day without feeling exhausted.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:33 AM
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Can you guys give feedback on bluebird...I understand the plugr may be better, but I'd like feedback on bluebird.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:51 AM
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Bluebird is awkward to manuever. It will beat the heck out of you if you regularly do normal sized residential lawns. Especially if you have to manuever around landscaping much.

Also the bluebird pulls about 1/2 the plugs per sqft as a PLUGR. Bluebird is cheaper and costd less to maintain per year.

If you are going to do less than 50 lawns per year and want a low cost option then probably go with the Bluebird. If you do 100+ aerations per year then I would recommend PLUGR.
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:06 PM
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Yea, def won't be doing that many....at least not yet. Can't justify the extra 2-K. If I get into it heavier, will def consider it. Thanks for the reply.
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:07 PM
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FYI- which model bluebird would you recommend?
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:00 PM
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Florida- Sorry for the delay. I had the H530 model. It was built like a tank and took plenty of abuse. You could probably pick up a decent used one on CL or ebay for $1,000- 1,200.
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:26 PM
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FG I have the Bluebird 530a 4 hp Honda. It is a good first areator, I had mine 5 years and all the repairs Ive made didnt involve parts so I ahvent spent anything on it. I got in like new condition for 800$, I think thy sell a little higher now, but used will still serve you well.

The fellers are right its a tank and hard to manuaver, 4 to 5 hours will wear you out.
The Bluebird has a chain driven drum and the weight of the machine "pulls" the plugs. Higher end machines use a crankshaft and the engine pulls the plugs.

Im pretty sure the bluebird is rated at 9 plugs per sq foot, it will do the job as good as anything outtheir, its just tiresome.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:08 AM
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I bought mine in 1986 and I found out they don't make the part I need to fix it But I google it and found what I need on east coast.
This first time I ever had do anything to my bluebird. Now the new ones looks cheap made. I rented one to help and thing broke after 10th lawn my 1986 model has only broke one time that was last fall
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