Aerators (what type do you use)

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by AlpineLandscpMaint, Mar 14, 2003.

  1. AlpineLandscpMaint

    AlpineLandscpMaint LawnSite Member
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    I am considering purchasing an aerator this year. I have a Lazer Z. Does anyone use the Jrco Hooker Aerator? What do you like and dislike about it?
    I service 8,000 sqft lawns up to 3-4 acre properties, solo... Does anyone use there Z to pull an aerator?
     
  2. Lombardi

    Lombardi LawnSite Senior Member
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    There was a thread about this a couple of weeks ago. You probably will get more info. by doing a search.
    If you want a pull behind, try the Brinley that Home Depot sells. I bought one last fall and have been very impressed with it. You should buy solid concrete blocks to put in the tray. I put 5 in. It pulls up about a 3" plug.
     
  3. AlpineLandscpMaint

    AlpineLandscpMaint LawnSite Member
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    what are you pulling it with and what size properties do you have?
     
  4. Lombardi

    Lombardi LawnSite Senior Member
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    I pull it with a Polaris 400 ATV. Most of the properties are in the 8-10000 range. If I have smaller properties or ones with small gates I rent a WB but they beat the sh** out of you.
     
  5. AlpineLandscpMaint

    AlpineLandscpMaint LawnSite Member
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    Did the search, looks like the Jrco is not a big favorite with Lawn Site regulars. I think the model you suggested would be a good start. A Lazer Z should be able to pull it fine. DO you ever get complants using a ATV on lawns?
     
  6. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
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    I use a Lesco 48" pull behind. I'll add about 200lbs of weight in the tray. I pull it with a diesel Gator.
     
  7. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
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    For my larger yards i use a 36" pull drum type core aerator. For smaller yards i have a walk behind motorized plugger.
     
  8. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
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    Here we go again...
     
  9. UTM-PIKE

    UTM-PIKE LawnSite Member
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    Just bought the Brinley from Home Depot as well, its in the shop waiting for tomorrow morning. Best $200 ever spent. The hooker aerator is better suited for sandier soils, as so I have been told since I brought up the same topic a couple of weeks ago.
     
  10. AlpineLandscpMaint

    AlpineLandscpMaint LawnSite Member
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    Thanks to those who responded. I appreciate your advice. I am going to check out the Home Depot model this week. And to those who say "here we go again or just do a search" If everything has been discussed before, Lawnsite should just go to a all search format and no discussion forums. Thanks again.
     

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