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Lets Talk Aerators

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Turf Dawg, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,719

    I know that the Z-Pluger and the LS stand on would be great, but that is a little much right now, and I do not want to tie up my Walker with the Perforator.
    The one I rent is a Classen and it is a pain to run and stinks on slopes. The ones I am thinking of are the Plugger 850HD , Turfco Turnair and the Lawn Solutions walkbehind. I like the ideal of a sulky on the Plugger and Turfco, but I also want one that will pull good plugs in heavy, dense and hard packed clay soils that we have.

    Yes I have read some of the post and the one I was thinking would be best because of the cam driven tines does not seem to get as good reviews as the LS. My wife would also like to help so the easiest to run would also be a plus.

    BTW, if the Turfco and Lawn Solutions gentlemen want to PM me some info on why theirs is better, feel free.

    Thanks, Bill
  2. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Posts: 5,859

    Best plugs for us = TURFCO walk behinds. We've used Ryans (walk behinds & pull behinds), the new LS walk behind, and LESCO walk behinds. I'm not qualified to judge any other brand. My guys prefer the "chariot" (sulky) when using the TURFCO units, and customers see enough plugs to satisfy paying the bill.

    Anybody else?
  3. Hanau

    Hanau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,576

    What are you guys using to remove the plugs from the lawn?

    We use a combination of leaf blowers, rakes, and scoops. Big PITA. Which is why we don't do that many aerations.

    Deere has stuff like this:


    Need a hydraulic power unit to use it though. There has to be a more cost effective way to get the plugs off the lawn.

    How are you guys doing it?
  4. a plus bob

    a plus bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,160

    I hate to say it but I agree with Larry :) Turfco pulls awesome plugs and last forever ! But I intend on looking at the new lawn solution machine at GIE .
  5. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Posts: 5,859

    We doubled the number of tines on our Ryan pull-behinds. (Hydraulic- lift). We pull them behind John Deere 445 garden tractors. These aerators are 48" wide, and have a 36" effective width. I figure anytime you can 'ride' (instead of other things), it makes the jobs much easier. We can aerate an acre per hour -- no prob while "riding".

    The 445 John Deere's have 22 HP, and have four hydraulic hose fittings. Plenty of HP. Still wondering why TURFCO doesn't sell pull-behinds.

    NOTE: We add or remove (John Deere) fifty pound weights on our Ryan pull-behinds...depending on the property.

    Our 2 cents
  6. grass4gas

    grass4gas LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 473

    Why on earth are you removing the plugs?:confused: They help breakdown thatch. Are your customers requesting that they be removed? I never, never, ever remove the cores. Educate your customers if they are asking them to be removed. To many beneficial microbes in the soil to be throwing them away.
  7. Hanau

    Hanau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,576

    We pull them and then topdress with steer manure or compost.
  8. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,719

    I think I need to add that most lawns or 12k and under. I might do some that are around 20-30k but seldom right now.

    About what is the turning radius, tines down, on the Turfco?
  9. Service 1st Lawn Care

    Service 1st Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 643

    Turfco use to sell pull behinds a 62" and a 42" I have a 42" both these units could be pulled or hooked up in 3-point. I have changed mine to be strictly pull and it pulls awesome plugs. By the way its for sale check out the free market place as its posted there.
  10. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,795

    yeah, never remove cores unless you are on a golf course green as this is needed. other wise it is the other half of the benefits of aeration to leav ethem alone

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