Aerator purchase advice please...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by fiveoboy01, Oct 8, 2007.

  1. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Yah yah I know, do a search.

    I just don't want to:)

    I did two days of aerating. Grossed a LOT of $... I don't own an aerator. I rented two Ryan Lawnaire Vs and myself and my partner went at it.

    I'm not going to explain why, cause you guys know why, but I was beat to hell.

    I'm buying an aerator next year. Maybe two. I figure I'll double or triple my number of aerations next year, maybe more, becuase I have realized it's a money maker(well I sort of already knew that), and I'm going to be pushing it hard.

    Fill me in guys, what should I buy? Preferably something I can ride on or something. I was looking at the Turfco ones, they look like nice units, hydro drive and you can use a sulky. But I don't know a whole lot about aerators and I'd like to hear what you guys think.

    I'm not going to use one of those man-eating Lawnaires next year.:help:
     
  2. Rob.C

    Rob.C LawnSite Member
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    L.T Rich Z-core, Its the most productive.
     
  3. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Hmm, I saw an ad for that thing in Turf, I think.

    Do they have a website?

    Do you use one or have you ever used one?
     
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have a couple of Plugr's...they are nice units.
     
  5. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Lesco has a split drive its made by Classen

    I have classens they generate thousands, they make a split drive model and are steerable without damaging turf. Ya the regular no split drive models beat the crap out of you. I run mine just a C-hair above idle or I am spent by noon. In all seriousness if you choose to buy and are going to do alot go for a lesco or classen split drive. I am sure others are fine as well but I cant comment on them I just have classen
     
  6. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I also took 1 extra tine and installed it onto a piece of electrical conduit to hand aerate corners.

    Hey 5-O I have a crap load of extra tines if you want to put one on a pole for the corners I will give you one. Just pm me your address don't worry about postage its no big deal
     
  7. grasswhacker

    grasswhacker LawnSite Gold Member
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    Yup. I have the PL800, and it doesn't beat the tar out of me like the others I've used.
     
  8. mkroher

    mkroher LawnSite Senior Member
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    Since you have a ztr, i would buy a nice tow-behind. AND also a self propelled like a blue bird.

    When I do aerations, I do the large areas with the tow-behind, and all the edges and corners with the small one.
     
  9. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have a small Mits 15hp diesel with a Classen Cat 1 3 pt 40" core aerator. Great for large areas and even some smaller lawns. The 3 Point up and down capability makes it quick, its not a hydro which would be even better but it is still an easy machine to use.
    I learned to buy that because of EXACTLY the way you felt the next day.

    I guess you have to look at the big picture. A WB like a Plugr is excellent for small to mid lawns. A tow behind type is the way to go for acreage. Both make bucks. Good Luck.
     
  10. Rob.C

    Rob.C LawnSite Member
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    Yes they have a website (L.t Rich.com) or (Z-spray.com) I love the machine its the most versatile machine I have ever owned. It has a top speed of 9 M.P.H and can get in some pretty tight areas. I purchased the spreader attachment & the seeding attachment. I aerated and seeded a 2 acre field in around one hour & that includes going around trees and getting into small areas with my small aerator. If you email them you probaly wont get a response--I would call them & make it in the middle of the day.
     

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