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aerators, which one ???

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by fyshstykr, Nov 8, 2005.

  1. fyshstykr

    fyshstykr LawnSite Member
    from zone 99
    Posts: 76

    any suggestions on an aerator ?? Bluebird, Rocksolid, etc ???
    does anyone plant bulbs in fall & profit ??
    thanks J.P
  2. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,823

    RyanÂ’s are great for longevity; we have several that have been in service since 1996.But, they are a bear for the worker to operate, they get dogged tired over the course of a 10 hour aeration day.
  3. westwind

    westwind LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 444

    Ryan and Toro aerators have been our choice, dependable and plug well.
  4. vanguard

    vanguard LawnSite Member
    Posts: 202

    Rocksolid Pluger! easy on the operator in comparison to the drum style aerators. :dizzy:
    Thats my two cents
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    I must say,...we ARE just hearing more and mor good things about these "Plugr" machines. They sound like they're doing well. Does anyone have any negatives to imply about them? :)
  6. METRO 36

    METRO 36 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 324

    blue bird 530a works great but will wear you out after a long day
  7. vanguard

    vanguard LawnSite Member
    Posts: 202

    I've got one of the older PL400's ser. # 00046, and since mine was made Source one bought the company. I bought mine used and after about 2 hours use the clutch cable that engages the cam broke. ordered a new one and got it in a couple of days and it worked fine, until this fall. the cable was starting to fray were it entered the cable cover so I called the supplier that sold the replacement to me for warranty replacement and got a call back stating that there was a "update Kit" from the factory, He gave me the toll free # and a contact name who turned out to be the assembly supervisor in Lincoln, NE.
    He sent me overnight the kit, 2 new cables and instructions with his hand written notes for installation on my model!
    All at NO CHARGE !!! These parts cost them almost nothing, but won them a customer for life!

  8. BravesFan

    BravesFan LawnSite Member
    Posts: 233

    I have a plugr pl800, Honda motor, for sale. 2005 model...still under waranty. Brand new tines. $1800.

  9. cochino12

    cochino12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 319

    I wish I knew someone with a plugr, so I could compare to my machine I use a classen split drive and think it is great. I can do 15-18/day and fatigue (sp) is not an issue.
  10. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,535

    The old style pluger is not self propelled. It will not do well on hills or going up hill. I heard that they have now come out with a model that will push itself but I have yet to try it. Other than that it is a great machine and pulls good plugs. And yes they have been great with customer service with me also.
    We always have to rent a Ryan IV for the hills and it works well but as Bill said it is killer on the operator.
    I would be interested to hear from people that have used the TurnAer unit for a season. Turf south did a test but it was done by a guy in Fla that does not do aeration and was all on flat land.

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