PL800 how many cores per square foot?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Shady Brook, Sep 2, 2005.

  1. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
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    Does anyone know how many cores per square foot a pl800 aerator pulls?
     
  2. roushjh

    roushjh LawnSite Member
    from KS
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    Core Spacing: 2.25" x 8"

    That would put you at about 11 to 12 per sq ft, by my calculations. However, these units wheels aren't driven. I can push mine a little or pull it back a little to increase/decrease to get the desired results.

    Hope that helps
     
  3. roushjh

    roushjh LawnSite Member
    from KS
    Posts: 85

    I should add that I'm very happy with the 600 I just got. I've done a couple lawns in the past couple days and it seems to pull 50% or more plugs than the Billy Goat I rented in the spring.
     
  4. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
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    Thank you for the input, it is helpful. I was hopeing the pl800 would give me more cores per foot then some of the other walkbehind units. Seems to me, the old Ryans were around 8 per foot. Need to make many passes to do much good!

    Thanks
     
  5. DLS1

    DLS1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I will renting the BillyGoat again this year in two weeks. How easy is it on the body using the PL600 vs. BillyGoat.
     
  6. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The Ryan gets nine holes a sq.foot, if the pl800 does get 12 you still need another pass. An effective aeration requires 20 to 22 holes a sq foot.

    I Assume the pl800 is cam driven?
    The Ryan can be a tiresome bear over the course of the day, and cause much operator fatique for the workers.So you might want to take how the two handle into consideration to.
     
  7. roushjh

    roushjh LawnSite Member
    from KS
    Posts: 85

    I did just 2 yards (about 4 or 5 k each) in the spring with the Billy Goat, and was extremely sore the next morning. I've done a couple yards already with my Plugr, but on different days, but wasn't really sore at all. I'm not sure if you can rent Plugr's in KC though.
     
  8. khutch

    khutch LawnSite Senior Member
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    Just did a 10k yard in a little over an hour w/the 600. Kinda of surprised it was that quick - not an easy property w/some hills and not a lot of open spaces.
     
  9. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,517

    I purchased a pl800 almost two weeks ago. I really like the simple design, and ease of maintenence. We have had bad conditions lately, serious drought, but I needed to do some seeding before it was too late.

    I discovered if the ground is hard dry clay you are not going to get great penatration. I was going by some of the other respected members of LS when they said it will pull cores out of tree roots when I purchased the machine. Maybe it has done so, but in hard dry clay, you are not going to pull anything much over an inch! That was disapointing to me, I figure I could have gotten close to that with a drum type. If you opporate on a hill in hard dry clay, you can likely do 10,000 feet in 10 minutes because it will drag you around the yard.

    If the soil is soft or moist, you have to push the beast around the yard or it will act as a tiller. This was also a bit disapointing.

    If you try to use it on a hill when it is soft and moist.... You are going to get a mighty pushing workout, and likely not be able to complete the job! It was brutal!

    I found that in hard clay, I likely got somewhere between 8-12 cores a foot. In moist clay allowing the machine to move at it's own pace I probably was in the 15-20 range. If you give resistance in soft soil, you can get as many as you want.

    Is it easier to turn then a traditional drum? Yes
    Will it pull better cores then a drum? I believe in the right conditions.
    Will it pull more cores then a drum? Yes most of the time?
    Am I happy that I purchased it over a split drive? I am not sure yet.
     
  10. DLS1

    DLS1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Wow a not so glowing report for the plugr. It sounds like the BillyGoat I rented is maybe better overall than the plugr.
     

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