stand-on aerator

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by americanlawn, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
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    Just wanted to thank all who have recommended the "30 inch stand-on aerator" in the past (you know who you are). I was a skeptic >> especially regarding the Lawn Solutions unit. Exmark initially repainted LS units red, but pulled them off the market until they corrected problems, fine tuned them, and got the bugs out.

    I now have one 2013 Exmark 30" stand-on, and I wish I had two of them. My wife didn't want me to spend the money at first, but she's a believer now. Much better plugs. Less damage to turf. I want all of my aeration customers to have the Exmark aerator to do as much as the aeration as possible due to quality results. I even carry socket wrenches to undo fences when gates are smaller than 48 inches, just so I can pull deep/quality plugs.

    James (Equity Green) from Sioux Falls said, "It's worth every penny". I agree.

    Thanks again guys. :usflag::canadaflag:

    p.s. I still bleed TURFCO green.
     
  2. Service 1st Lawn Care

    Service 1st Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    Larry isn't great how the new models have the larger foot plate as opposed to the old LS models much nicer. I now have the best of the best as far as aerators, have the Turfco XT5 and the Toro ride on aerator. :usflag:
     
  3. RABBITMAN11

    RABBITMAN11 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The best of the best is the ride on and the dual hydro. No comparison!
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  4. RABBITMAN11

    RABBITMAN11 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    On our Fourth ride on. They are awesome machines
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  5. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    I love my xt-5
     
  6. Service 1st Lawn Care

    Service 1st Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    Wouldn't use the dual hydro enough to justify the $6500.00 + Tax, only use the XT5 for really small areas otherwise it's all ride-on. So in my situation I have the best of the best.:)
     
  7. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
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    You guys ROCK! (just sayin') I don't get on lawnsite as much as I did during the "Z vs T Wars". lmao!!! But I always respected your opinions. RABBITMAN - you were the first, and I truly respect your experience (thank you). Dusty -- thanks for also being a friend. Service -- cool deal. The 2013 models have that nicer/larger step plate. Also have upgraded/improved hydraulic pumps.

    I still have a four suggestions (so far) for improvements regarding the Exmark/TORO 30" stand-on aerator.
     
  8. jfoxtrot9

    jfoxtrot9 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I truly love my eXmark stand on aerator. It is indeed worth every penny, and it has already paid for itself... twice.

    Larry, what would you improve? I have a couple things, I suppose. I would like to see that larger foot pedal. I would like if the tines up/down was just a bit faster, maybe a cup holder, but I'm just nit picking.

    Oh, and I have too, taken gates off just to fit into back yards. Yes, it does a better job, but its also just so dang fast and effortless. Its funny that I now dread using my LS walk behind. I remember when I first bought it, how happy I was. Spoiled.
     
  9. dcgreenspro

    dcgreenspro LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
    Posts: 689

    guys, if I could, aside from the quality of plugs/ less damage these machines produce, how much time are we talking about to do one acre/ flat with a couple of trees on average? Thanks
     
  10. Service 1st Lawn Care

    Service 1st Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    The Toro/Exmark ride on is the best thing since slice bread. Thought I might miss my Z-plug I sold in the spring. And God knows I love my Z-spray but nothing compares to this aerator. Nimble, quick, nice clean plugs, deep plugs, comfortable large foot plate. Bottom line AWESOME:)
     

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