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Made my first "dollar" today as a company!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Joel B., Jul 12, 2002.

  1. Joel B.

    Joel B. LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Posts: 458

    Aerated the neighbor's lawn. Learned a few things too.

    1) Didn't charge enough, my aerator doesn't take out enough plugs and had to go over lawn 2-3 times to get good results; took a little longer than I thought! Plus I have a cheap Fleet Farm aerator and I can't go very fast at all.

    2) Would need a new aerator if I'm going to be doing this a lot.

    Now the questions (you guys should know me by now!!):

    Is there a pull behind aerator that will take out enough plugs the first time over so you don't have to go over the lawn multiple times or is that standard procedure?

    Anyone out there using a John Deere pull behind plug aerator? I have seen them for anywhere from $325-$450 and am wondering how well they work. The salesman told me (I know, I know) he runs his at full speed behind his 345 Deere. I have been researching Classen and Ryan also, are either one of these better than the other?

    Thanks heaps,

    Joel B.
  2. hustlers

    hustlers LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Posts: 257

    i use a fleet farm aerator loaded
    down with bricks for weights during
    spring and fall cleanups. them
    use a ryan walkbehind for
    really compacted stuff
  3. Joel B.

    Joel B. LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Posts: 458

    What part of MN are you from? I'm in Plymouth.

    Joel B.
  4. proline32

    proline32 LawnSite Senior Member
    from 98383
    Posts: 278

    I have a john deere pull behind aerator, works pretty good on large yards and I put enough weight in it (about 150 lbs) sometime you do need to cross aerate to make it good.

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