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View Poll Results: Top Choice Aerator
TurfCo 1 8.33%
Ryan 3 25.00%
Classen 0 0%
Plugr 3 25.00%
Lawn Solutions 0 0%
Bluebird 2 16.67%
Exmark 2 16.67%
Toro 0 0%
Other(please specify) 1 8.33%
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Old 03-26-2014, 04:48 PM
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Best Aerator

From a perspective of durability and performance, which aerator brand can you say is your top choice? To help those of us thinking to buy one. (This is a walk behind, not a tow unit.)
Thanks LS.
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Old 03-26-2014, 04:55 PM
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From a perspective of durability and performance, which aerator brand can you say is your top choice? To help those of us thinking to buy one. (This is a walk behind, not a tow unit.)
Thanks LS.
We had Ryan's. I wanted a toro but we don't do enough to justify it

Aerations a hard sell in the spring with the old wife tale about only doing it in fall
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Old 03-26-2014, 09:24 PM
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Love my Ryan Lawnaire V. Heavy as hell and works me out, but runs great and pulls great plugs.
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Old 03-26-2014, 10:21 PM
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Love my Ryan Lawnaire V. Heavy as hell and works me out, but runs great and pulls great plugs.
Thanks! Have you heard anything about the lawnaire 5 easy steer technology?
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Old 03-26-2014, 10:57 PM
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Recycle, basically there is 2 types of areators, one is a rolling drum that pulls plugs by the weight of the machine, example Bluebird. They are heavy and will wear you out. Its the price and the durability that makes them desireable.

The other type is a "crankshaft" operated machine. the crankshaft is similar to a engine crankshaft. It uses the hoarse power of the engine to pull plugs, not the weight of the machine. The advantage is they are lighter and a lot eaiser to operate. The disadvantage is they are alot more expensive, a lot more complex, require more maintance and repairs, and they don't pull as many plugs per sq. foot as a drum machine.

If your going to do a lot of aerating then a crankshaft type machine may be a better choice, but for just a add on service Id go with a slightly use Bluebird.
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Crazy amount of plugs with this unit.

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Old 03-27-2014, 09:26 AM
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thanks for the responses.
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We have the Ryan VI I think...anyways, solid good machine and better than bluebird but still wicked clumsy and wears you out, especially on the hilly lawns we have around here. Now we only use it as an add-on sell in the fall, so it really doesn't justify a big expensive camshaft one. THAT being said, I really don't try to sell aerations too much because I know both me and the guys hate to use the thing hahhaha. So I'm probably going to look into selling ours and getting a more user friendly one.
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Old 03-27-2014, 09:19 PM
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Good contributions
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Old 03-27-2014, 09:22 PM
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Good contributions
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If your going to buy a new one, Probably the best thing to do would be to rent and or demo several different brands an types, areators are hard too sell, so it might be worth a couple hundred bucks to get the right one.
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