Aerator Recommendations for the 2009 season

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Gerry Barr, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. Gerry Barr

    Gerry Barr LawnSite Member
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    After using the Bluebird 530 for 8 seasons I am looking to purchase a new walk behind lawn aerator this spring. My hope is that technology has come a long way in 8 years and I can find one that is easier to use. The bluebird is the only lawn aerator I have ever used.

    I do 250 - 300 lawn aerations per year. All of my business is residential and 90% of my yards are less the 4k sq ft so I am looking for something that is easy to maneuver

    The two lawn aerators that I have been looking at are the Turfco TurnAer4 and the Plugr. I got the DVD from turfco and the TurnAer4 appears to operate well. Does anyone own either of these aerators and would you recommend them.

    The bluebird has been rock solid for 8 years but I am looking for something that is easier on the body. I hope to have something new in the trailer by next month.

    Thanks,

    Lawnplugger
     
  2. Gerry Barr

    Gerry Barr LawnSite Member
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    okay after much research I have narrowed it down to the

    Classen TA17D split drive aerator - 3434.98 out the door

    or

    Turfco TurnAer 4 - 3460 + shipping

    Any input on either of these units would be much appreciated.
     
  3. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm a fan of the Plugr 850HD. It has the densest and most concentrated aeration pattern on the planet and I market the service that way. I've measured it with a square foot cut cardboard cut out. 9 to 11 plugs per square foot on average. Maybe it's too many plugs?

    I was considering the Ryan 28 http://www.ryanturf.com/products/lawn_aerators/lawnaire_28/ but decided to go with the Plugr because of the reverse hydro drive and the fact that the Ryan tends to be a bit top heavy due to it high cg. and tricycle platform and it has has no reverse.

    I wish I had access to comprehensive data on every aerator out there. Some with say a rolling tine aerator has the advantage of "soil fracturing" but my counter argument is more plugs can't be bad.

    I do admit the new Lawn Solution aerators especially the stander model look really appealing and easy to use. :)
     
  4. sclawndr

    sclawndr LawnSite Senior Member
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    The Turfco Turnaer is an excellent unit if you have to use a walk behind. There are a lot of yards we can do without lifting the tines out of the ground more than once or twice. You can also get a sulky for bigger areas - it's pretty nice and sure beats walking.
     
  5. Gerry Barr

    Gerry Barr LawnSite Member
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    For the TunAer how are the break levers to use after a day of aerating. I had heard these can be a bit hard on your hands.
     
  6. Barefoot James

    Barefoot James LawnSite Senior Member
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  7. Rayholio

    Rayholio LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Grasshopper + AeroVator all the way..
     
  8. Barefoot James

    Barefoot James LawnSite Senior Member
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    Where the pics with the AERO-Vator attachment?? I know you an get one for this unit - do you have one too like your comment says?
     
  9. Rayholio

    Rayholio LawnSite Bronze Member
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    yep.. got pne and love it :) they have videos of it on grasshopper site\
     
  10. sclawndr

    sclawndr LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a Turnaer 4 with very low hours for sale. Send pm if interested.
     

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