Any cost effective recommendations for a pull behind aerator for the ztr's?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by justmjc, Oct 30, 2003.

  1. justmjc

    justmjc LawnSite Senior Member
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    I know weight is a problem with the pull behind units and I don't want to spend the $ for a full out walk behind machine. What cost effective aerators are you ladies and gentlemen using? Perhaps some links or prices would help also.
     
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    The Feldmann Turfvent is an EXCELLENT machine (towbehind) for the money. It went for about $400 a few years ago, but is heavily built for the money. You can use 4 or 5 bags of tubesand on top of it for weight.
     
  3. TreffertLawnWrx

    TreffertLawnWrx LawnSite Senior Member
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    I just rented a Turfvent yesterday. Ihave a JD that I bent some tines on so I went up to the local rental shop. I got a 48" and it worked awesome. Heck ,$30 for the whole day, great deal!
     
  4. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    The TurfVent is $528 for the 48" pull behind core areator. Not a bad deal at all. It's very similar to the Sears model except it has twice as many tines.
     
  5. Part Timer

    Part Timer LawnSite Member
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    I just bought a pull behind from lesco's. Its 60" wide and you can take the hith off and it will hook up to a tractors 3 point hitch. Its around 400 lbs. and it was $1600. Its commercial quality with all the bearings. They also offer a 48" for $1400.
     
  6. justmjc

    justmjc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ok, let me ask this then. What amount of weight would you not exceed when pulling with a rider? How much weight before the stress of the load could start to effect the hydro unit?
     
  7. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
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    You may laugh at this, but I have a friend that bought two Lowe's specials for $40 a piece. Tow behind core aerators, for large areas. Put a couple of cinder blocks on it for weight, and the things actually work great. I laughed at first, but you'll see me with a couple for next season. Gotta love disposable aerators! :cool:
     
  8. BigDave

    BigDave LawnSite Member
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  9. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Here is a picture of the Turfvent. Click image for link.

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  10. Westbrooklawn

    Westbrooklawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have the feldman turfvent and have used it for about 6 years. Just replaced the tines this year at a cost of about $100 for the tines. It does the job for me. I would also look at the Claussen (Lesco), .........while it is about 3 times the price of the feldman it is also built heavier and should last longer.
     

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