Turfco XT5 vs LS Hydro Aerator

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by DA Quality Lawn & YS, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
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    For now we just have the bracket to fit the Subaru engine. I do not know how much modification it would take to fit onto the BS engine. In looking at it I am sure you could confugure it without too much trouble. It has to be bolted to the engine so you can still take off the cover to service the tine area.

  2. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
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    It also amazes me how a company tells us to do homework and then does not deliver the product. Where is the dual hydro?

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  4. WHIPPLE5.7

    WHIPPLE5.7 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Back when I got it I made several attempts to contact service and after alittle over a 10 days I finally got someone. The responses I got were arrogant and bascially told me to take it up with Subaru instead of Turfco. Overall I'm not happy with the machine at all. Starting this engine basically smokes my back for atleast a day and thats pretty bad considering I have engines that are 3X bigger that I pull start with very little effort. I ended up only using the machine about 20 times before parking it in the garage and moving on. It would be nice to sell it but I doubt anyone local would buy it, most here run Plugr. In fact the bad luck I had with this machine was one of factors that lead me to give up the biz and get a day job. I can't dump $3K into a machine that is so hard starting you just give up using it.
  5. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
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    you serious?
  6. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
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    I sent you a PM asking you to contact me so we can get to the bottom of this and I have not heard from you. Unless we know who you are we cannot find out what happened and take care of the problem. Bob 520-836-8162
  7. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Nice to see you back Larry.
    I run the Briggs on my XT5 it is the most easy pull starting engine I operate.
  8. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Posts: 5,854

    Thanks DA. Our XT5's also "start on the first pull". What's amazing, is we did several aeration/seeding jobs on a street where the County dug the ditches deeper (to allow for better drainage). The XT5 "climbed" those steep ditches, manuevered around concrete culverts, and still pulled plenty of nice plugs at the same time. These "culvert areas" were not part of the bids, and the customers acknowledged it (due to the extreme slopes), as well as possible dangerous operating conditions.

    Our LS walk-behind has not been used for 2 years. It "sits" because my guys prefer the XT5 >> faster, more manueverable, better plugs, more plugs, more user friendly & safer.

    Experience: We were one of the first to compare the LS vs XT5. We also performed side-by-side comparisons at land grant university trials.

    Our 2 cents. Thanks :usflag:
  9. MachineGrn

    MachineGrn LawnSite Member
    from CS, CO
    Posts: 7

    I just did a very short demo(like 20feet) on the Toro/LS unit and I thought it was gonna tip over when I got to the side hill. The hill was not too steep and I had problems. I know with my old bluebird, I could have muscled it. Is the LS aerator that bad once you get use to it? How do the XT5s do on hills. I have to run a lot of little hills(small lawns) and dont want to break out another aerator to do that section. I am so close to pulling the plug on one of these machines, but for that kinda money I want a machine that will perform on all types of lawns.

    XT5 owners, how does the machine do on hills? Not too steep, but running sideways do they feel like tipping?

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