Towable Aerator opinions

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by TAZ, Aug 30, 2007.

  1. TAZ

    TAZ LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
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    I need a towable aerator for some large areas. It won’t be used very often (or so I think). I am in search of some opinions on two units.

    1) Classen’s RT60 unit ($1700 @ Lesco) http://littlewonder.com/core-aerators.asp
    2) TurfVent by Feldman 48” http://www.turfvent.com/seriestwo.htm

    I have talked to a few people here and almost everyone agrees that the Classen works great but at $1000 more I am wondering if I can get away with the TurfVent. I realize that you get what you pay for but I hate to invest the extra coin if it’s not entirely necessary. I have used the cheapo’s (agrifab units) in the past from some rental places and they suck. The main differences other than the obvious heavier duty build on the Classen is the tines are 3/4 diameter on the Classen and only 5/8 diameter on the Feldman. I am not sure if they would plug up or pull good cores.

    I am also planning on pulling it with a WheelHorse 520H and the Classen unit concerns me a bit there as far as pulling that unit.

    Any comments from anyone experienced with these units would be appreciated.

    -TAZ
     
  2. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    but you are not comparing apple to apple. comparing a 60 unit to 48" unit. Ij ust purchases a 48" classen from Lesco and it was 1300. still a far cry from the cheap one, but I'll imagine I wont have any problems or issues with it for some time. I'll let you all know in a week or so when I start my aerating/fert/overseeding...

    Also the nice thing about the classen. if you ever get a bigger tractor...3pt mount is built in....
     
  3. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
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    The Lesco / Classen units I'm sure are great for flat ballfields like Georgetown. But in the rest of the world if you ever have to use weight on the trays while you're turning around trees, etc. BEWARE! You're going to loosen, and eventually break off tines. The 3 pt hitch down-pressure would make this a more certian possibility. It's a nice unit. You just have to learn its limitations in the turns.
     
  4. TAZ

    TAZ LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
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    I agree on the 3pt. deal for sure. I also agree that you probably wont have any issues with the Classen unit either. I have seen them in operation on some local golf courses and they pull nice cores.

    The thing with the Lesco/Classen units is that the Classen 48" is only a 42" areation width while the RT60 is only a 52" aeration width. The TurfVent is listed 48" aeration pattern and I don't really want to go any smaller than 48" swath.

    -TAZ
     
  5. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    but I'm using it on the regular turf, not on the fields. we have artificial fields...
     
  6. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
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    Ij ust purchases a 48" classen from Lesco

    You just got this? In not saying that you made a bad choice. On the contrary. I'm saying that I'd watch your turning radius' until you learn your machine. I used to do what I called the 'overlapping 0' pattern as much as I could with the towable and w/b aerators. You followed the sides of the '0' and kept overlapping the bottoms and tops.
     
  7. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yeah since the filed went art. I need something smaller than the 92" ryan tow behind on the other 14 acres of turf. It came in about 2 weeks ago.

    if it was one big or several plots of turf I'f keep the 92" but it was a such a PITA moving it around campus. for the acre here, 1/2 acre there.

    I'll have to tell the guys to make sure they raise the PTO on turns. to prevent turf tearing and tine bend/breaking.

    now I just need to get rid of the ryan...
     
  8. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
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    I'll have to tell the guys to make sure they raise the PTO on turns. to prevent turf tearing and tine bend/breaking.

    Do you know what I mean by the 'overlapping O' pattern?
    You do a large 'O'val that takes up the left 1/2 side of a given area, then you start to hug the 'inside' of the 'O' to the top, when you CROSS OVER your dropped plugs and move to the outside of the 'O'. Keep doing this all the way across the field until you hook up to where you began! (Think of it as a flattened out "slinky", if you can.) Yes, you will have alot more plugs at the 6 and 12 o'clock position all the way across, but I'm a believer that there's no such thing as too much aeration. What you won't have to do is raise your PTO much. And you'll have employees that will think you're a GD genius, Forrest!
     
  9. tsh1773

    tsh1773 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have had the Turfvent 48" for a couple of years now. Pulls 2 to 2.5" cores with large cinder blocks. Have used fert bags for extra weight in hard clay. Built very well and solid. Not bad for $475.
     
  10. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    THAT will never happen....
     

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