Any Tips for Using a John Deere Aerator 800?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by DavidNJ, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. DavidNJ

    DavidNJ LawnSite Senior Member
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    Planning to use it Tuesday. Any advice?

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  2. normower

    normower LawnSite Member
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    What are you aerating with it?
     
  3. DavidNJ

    DavidNJ LawnSite Senior Member
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    About 60k sqft of lawn, about half dead.
     
  4. normower

    normower LawnSite Member
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    I have some experience with the Toro procore at a golf course. With the procore hills could be a little hairy. Are you renting it?
     
  5. DavidNJ

    DavidNJ LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yes...not quite sure how it ended up at as a rental. The ProCore looks similar.

    It seems walking backwards is part of the job, is that correct?
     
  6. normower

    normower LawnSite Member
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    Yes, or you can hold the controls behind your back and walk forward. Is there a reason you are not using a spoon aerator like most guys use on lawns?
     
  7. DavidNJ

    DavidNJ LawnSite Senior Member
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    My inexperience here. I was under the impression all were coring machines, just this was available for not that much more and seems like it would do a much better job of it.
     
  8. normower

    normower LawnSite Member
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    They all pull cores. This is almost exclusively used on golf courses. Spoon aerators pull cores, but just not as many.
     
  9. DavidNJ

    DavidNJ LawnSite Senior Member
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    This looked like it did a better job. My guess is they got a deal on it, they are renting it for much less then I would expect. Isn't this an $18k machine?
     
  10. normower

    normower LawnSite Member
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    Yeah it is an expensive piece of equipment. You have to be very careful not to run over anything hard such as tree roots that are on the surface.
     

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