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Any suggestions for a walk behind aerator

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by molokaiboy62, Mar 2, 2001.

  1. molokaiboy62

    molokaiboy62 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    Hi There,

    I'm in college right now and am looking to purchase a couple of lawn aerators to make a little money this spring. I was just wanting to hear any "testimonials" from Lawn professionals on any suggestions you may have for a walk behind 36-40" aerator and maybe a smaller one too. Any information would be greatly appreciated.


  2. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,213

    They are man killers!!Will give you a real good work out..
  3. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Posts: 3,486

  4. turfquip

    turfquip LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 860

    The industry standard (dare I say that) is pretty much the Ryan drum type core aerator LA 4, LA 5 I believe. But there are plenty of others using the drum principle out there as well.

    Some people prefer the reciprocating tine aerator which is more expensive but punches more, cleaner and larger holes. Examples are Ryan LA 28, and Jacobsen T-6030 one that I especially like but not sure its still being made.
  5. eggy

    eggy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 945

    I find that renting is the way to go. I can line several up for one day and then go to my local rental store and for 75.00 rent a quality machine all day.
  6. Ocutter

    Ocutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 314

    Ditto on the Classen. Hopefully I'll be getting one soon.
  7. bam

    bam LawnSite Senior Member
    from .
    Posts: 261

    Ryan is a very good machine.

    If you want to do a good job get their piston driven aerator (TA 28??). We have also used the LA 4 and 5's.
    They are alright.

    I would say it depends on conditions. For the first time at a job or very difficult soils, use the piston driven for good penetration.

    For subsequent apps. use the less expensive LA 4/5.

    Also, we RENT these machines when we do our aerating/overseeding. The piston driven is a high maintenance/high cost piece of equipment. We own some older ones, that are in horrible shape from use and lack of maintenance.

    Line up your jobs and rent. It may be more profitable in the end for you.
  8. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    Try to get one with split tines. This will make it easier to turn.
  9. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,144

    Bob is right! I own a 19 inch bluebird aerator (dosnt have split tines). After a 10 hour day of using that machine my arms are numb! They are like restling a bear!
  10. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Posts: 3,486

    Ryan is good, but the Classen is MUCH better! Owned both, no compairson!


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