Exmark and Toro slit seeder and aerator

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by jsf343, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. jsf343

    jsf343 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So I am researching slit seeders and aerators. I was drawn to the Lawn Solutions models but they have obviously moved on and are now a part of Exmark I believe (correct me if I am wrong). So I went to my local Exmark dealer and he said he had never heard of them although they had them in Toro, he looked in his Exmark catalog and low and behold there it is. So my questions are...

    1. what is the difference between the Toro models and the Exmark models? are they both the old lawn solutions units?

    2. prices were exactly the same. $3899.00 which seems high. Has anybody recently bought either of these and if so what was your price if you don't mind sharing.

    3. can anybody give feedback between the Toro and Exmark in field conditions?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. jsf343

    jsf343 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    lookers but no takers on these questions? don't be afraid :weightlifter:
     
  3. FdLLawnMan

    FdLLawnMan LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I did look at the Exmark over seeder but decided to buy a Billy Goat over seeder. I believe it is better seeder than the Exmark. I would bet that the Toro & Exmark are nearly identical as they are built on the same production line.
     
  4. jsf343

    jsf343 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    are they? I was wondering about that. I hadn't considered the Billy Goat. Are you happy with it? I'm curious why you think its better?
     
  5. FdLLawnMan

    FdLLawnMan LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The Billy Goat has enough power, variable hydro drive and the disks are made such that they dig a nice groove, but don't dig up all the thatch. Another bonus is that the seeding head floats a little bit.
     
  6. jsf343

    jsf343 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    what year do you have and how much did you pay if you don't mind me asking?
     
  7. FdLLawnMan

    FdLLawnMan LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I bought it last year and it was right $3200.00.
     
  8. jsf343

    jsf343 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    have to say I am surprised there are not more comments regarding the Toro and Exmark aerator or the slit seeder.

    nobody has either of these?
     
  9. RABBITMAN11

    RABBITMAN11 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Have you owned a toro, or a exmark? If you haven't how can you say that the billy goat is better?
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  10. FdLLawnMan

    FdLLawnMan LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I was basing that on the design features of the Billy Goat. The floating feature of the seed hopper and the design of the spinning disks.
     

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