Best Aerator

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by recycledsole, Mar 26, 2014.

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Top Choice Aerator

Poll closed Mar 26, 2015.
  1. TurfCo

    1 vote(s)
    8.3%
  2. Ryan

    3 vote(s)
    25.0%
  3. Classen

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Plugr

    3 vote(s)
    25.0%
  5. Lawn Solutions

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Bluebird

    2 vote(s)
    16.7%
  7. Exmark

    2 vote(s)
    16.7%
  8. Toro

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Other(please specify)

    1 vote(s)
    8.3%
  1. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    From a perspective of durability and performance, which aerator brand can you say is your top choice? To help those of us thinking to buy one. (This is a walk behind, not a tow unit.)
    Thanks LS.
     
  2. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,093

    We had Ryan's. I wanted a toro but we don't do enough to justify it

    Aerations a hard sell in the spring with the old wife tale about only doing it in fall
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  3. MDHomeSVCS

    MDHomeSVCS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 180

    Love my Ryan Lawnaire V. Heavy as hell and works me out, but runs great and pulls great plugs.
     
  4. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    Thanks! Have you heard anything about the lawnaire 5 easy steer technology?
     
  5. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,450

    Recycle, basically there is 2 types of areators, one is a rolling drum that pulls plugs by the weight of the machine, example Bluebird. They are heavy and will wear you out. Its the price and the durability that makes them desireable.

    The other type is a "crankshaft" operated machine. the crankshaft is similar to a engine crankshaft. It uses the hoarse power of the engine to pull plugs, not the weight of the machine. The advantage is they are lighter and a lot eaiser to operate. The disadvantage is they are alot more expensive, a lot more complex, require more maintance and repairs, and they don't pull as many plugs per sq. foot as a drum machine.

    If your going to do a lot of aerating then a crankshaft type machine may be a better choice, but for just a add on service Id go with a slightly use Bluebird.
     
  6. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,355

    Crazy amount of plugs with this unit.

     
  7. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    thanks for the responses.
     
  8. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,387

    We have the Ryan VI I think...anyways, solid good machine and better than bluebird but still wicked clumsy and wears you out, especially on the hilly lawns we have around here. Now we only use it as an add-on sell in the fall, so it really doesn't justify a big expensive camshaft one. THAT being said, I really don't try to sell aerations too much because I know both me and the guys hate to use the thing hahhaha. So I'm probably going to look into selling ours and getting a more user friendly one.
     
  9. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    Good contributions
    thanks
     
  10. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,450

    If your going to buy a new one, Probably the best thing to do would be to rent and or demo several different brands an types, areators are hard too sell, so it might be worth a couple hundred bucks to get the right one.
     

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