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slice seeding, need help!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DeereHauler, Feb 13, 2005.

  1. DeereHauler

    DeereHauler LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 604

    i've been reading about slice seeding alot. i don't have the slighest clue what you guys mean. i know what a spike aerator, seeder combo is. anything like that?

    anyone have pictures, prices, do you rent, buy?
    i'm learning a lot of when and why, but i need to take a step back and learn the what. :help:

  2. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Posts: 4,900

    slice seeders actually slice the ground and drop the seeds in. Many models to choose from and the cost for a Lesco "renovator" is around $4500. They do a really good job of patch work or renovation and can be used to seed new lawns although thats usually a waste of time.

  3. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    Here is the backside of my Jacobsen. The picture is kind of bad, but it gives you an idea. You can see the seedbox, the tubes which the seed comes down and the white drum at the bottom. In front of the unit is slicing reels and attatched to the white drum are disc that ride in slices in the ground, dropping the seed at a set rate directly to the soil. Olderthandirt is correct, it's great on patch work and at it's best on lawn rennovations, but in loose soil for new lawns it doesn't work well.

    Jacobsen REAR.jpg
  4. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    And here is what the front looks like.

    Jacobsen FRONT.jpg
  5. j_loppy

    j_loppy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 90

    Are the results as good with that machine compared to a Ryan Mataway. I Hated the front wheel drive on that unit. The rear wheel drive on the Jacobsen look much easier to maneuver. Being a lightweight, I was worn out after logging six hours on one this past fall. I'm in pretty good shape, but it took me couple of days to get back to normal after wrestling that thing around.
  6. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    I had narrowed my purchase down to either this one, the Jacobsen Aero King or the Ryan Mataway. The final decision was based on a few different factors. One, that the Aero King had left and right breaking (turning is a breeze). Second, the slicing reels are spaced every 1.5" vs the Ryan at 2" and finally, 13hp Honda engine vs the Ryan having a 11hp Kohler. Another advantage with the Aero King is it has a diveder in the seed box and seperate controls for the drop rate of seed. If I ever want to drop a mix of seed, say part fescue and part rye, I could drop both seeds and a different rate. The biggest downfall is that they don't make the unit any longer. Textron owns both and from my understanding, the Aero King was a larger saler. Don't ask me why they discontinued this model if they sold more Aero Kings than Mataways???

    I cannot compare the results between the two machines since I have never ran a Mataway, but for lawn rennovations, the Jacobsen Aero King 1321 works well.

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