Is buying an aerator a smart business decision?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Holland, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Close to mowing rates? Man, no thank you. Not for aerating.
     
  2. Clippers PLS

    Clippers PLS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If you have to work to make it worth while to pay for one, then by all means do it.
     
  3. The Turf Guys

    The Turf Guys LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
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    Guys in my area can make decent money with aeration. Price is around $45/6,000 sqft lawn for a typical Ryan or Blubird aeration. I have a Plugr 855 that I absolutely love. I charge $60 for a standard cookie cutter house (5-7,000sgft) I did 103 last fall without even trying to market. A nice little money maker between fert applications.
     
  4. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't do them that cheap but many here do. $29.95 upto 8k sq ft.
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  5. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yeah I can easily get $65 for 8k sq ft. I feel for you man...stay true to your prices and stick to your guns.
     
  6. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
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    I have been renting for the past 2 years and it is a very good money maker. I did alot of aeration for people who I didnt even mow. People would come down the street and ask me to do theirs afterwards. Only 37 regular lawn maint, did 64 aerations last fall
     
  7. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
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    it depends on the area you live in, i know around me, if i advertise for it i'll be able to really make a lot of money do it, so that's why i have decided i'm going to buy the jrco soft hooker aerator, that goes in front of the mower, its 36" wide and does 66,000 sq. ft. at 5mph in one hour, talk about being productive. its around 2400 dollars but i know if i start advertising for it, i can sell that many jobs in a few weeks, and make an extra 2400 the first month i use it.
     
  8. AzLawnMan

    AzLawnMan LawnSite Senior Member
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    Its a great service to charge for but, shouldnt the end result be the best looking turf for your customer? So if you told your customer, "I think your turf will benefit from aeration but, I do charge." Just doesnt make sense to me. What if your customer declines for financial reasons? Or better yet simply says "Isnt it your job to make sure my turf is in tip top form?" I aerate all my properties every year, for free. If the turf is green and they see that things I include in my service, then they truly do know "the grass is not greenier on the other side." And Im not talking about small residential homes, Im talking about 20 acre commercial properties. For instance, I took over a 16 acre facility and the turf was sub par, within 30 days we had the property looking so good, we picked up the other 6 properties they had. Just my opion is all
     
  9. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    A very valid point. I'm including a free Fall aeration if the client is on board with my program of 5 fert aps and scalp mowing and no irrigation at crazy parts of the day or evening.

    My area has loads of crummy looking lawns with a few tepid plugs sitting on top of struggling grass. Clients think, "gotta call someone to power rake or dethtach"... meanwhile they declined the needed Fall fert. :rolleyes:

    Again people here favor Spring aeration over Fall by at least 5:1
    :hammerhead:

    Proof will be in the pudding next year this time. Everyone of my application clients will of needed their lawns mowed 4-5 times by now instead of the normal 1 or 2 that is common.
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  10. ToddH

    ToddH LawnSite Silver Member
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    We favor winter areation because we are slow.
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