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w/b core aerator

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by protouchlawn, Mar 18, 2004.

  1. protouchlawn

    protouchlawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 142

    I have decided it is time to go ahead and buy a core aerator instead of renting. I have looked at the Bluebird and the Ryan. Are ther pros and cons with each and what is a good out the door cash price?

    Thanks for your opinions.

    P.S. Is there another manufacturer I should consider? ( I can count on good dealer support with the Bluebird):confused:
  2. hartlawnmain

    hartlawnmain LawnSite Member
    Posts: 66

    Lesco makes a good aerator. If you're doing a lot of jobs, you may want to look into a split axle, which allows you to steer instead of having to muscle it.
  3. lawncarepros2004

    lawncarepros2004 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 153

    just purchased the bluebird 742h 4hp 25.5 inch plugger for $2495
  4. Teff's Lawn & Snow

    Teff's Lawn & Snow LawnSite Member
    Posts: 53

    Bought a billygoat EZair aerator last fall for around $2000, works twice as easy as are previous Toro core aerator. Check out the billygoat it saves your back and some time.
  5. qualitylandscaping

    qualitylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,581

  6. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,454

    I rented a Bluebird last Monday. I don't know how old it was but it KILLED my back. Now I know why the manufacturer's boast "easy manuevering" aerator.

  7. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,116

    We use Lawnaire IV and V's, demoed a Plugr by Rocksolid at Expo and thought it was the cats meow. It is easy to operate, pulls even plugs on hills, and you don't have to pull the darn lever to pull the tines up to turn. If our machines weren't in such great shape I'd buy one today.
  8. Green & Clean

    Green & Clean LawnSite Member
    from Utah
    Posts: 25

    We rented machines our first year, but that became a big pain. We purchased a used rental from Home Depot last year. Just ask the rental people when they are gong to sell them. They can give you each machines history, number of times rented etc. As a side note, aerating is one of our best $ per hour services.
  9. J Haugner

    J Haugner LawnSite Member
    Posts: 51

    I am about to buy the Billygoat EZair. It is a sweet machine. 5-horse power Honda. Well engineered. It is by far the easiest to push around, turns on a dime. $2350.00 BillyGoat. Bah!
  10. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,776

    Look into the Turfco turning aerator. This is the one I'd buy if I had the MOney for one. Otherwise Classen makes a spit drive (they make lesco's to)

    Between the Ryan and the Blue bird, I'd pick bluebird. the outer tines free wheel so you can Manually turn it with out tearing things up.

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