what's the prime aerator for 1/3 acre lots.

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by grass disaster, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
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    what's the best aerator for, on average 1/3 acre lots. about 20% irrigated properties. some lots are smaller, some a little bigger.

    i have a $200 pull behind aerator for the 318 john deere which works O.k. but it is difficult on the smaller properties to turn/back up

    if walk behind is the one you suggest i want one that is easy to handle and turn. i want it to go nice and deep and draw good plugs on hard turf.
     
  2. ACEMowing

    ACEMowing LawnSite Member
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    Without a doubt, the Plugr PL-400H would be the way to go. The crank-drive pounds out great cores and they are super easy to run and turn around.
    The 400 is I think 22" wide per pass. We have a PL-400H and a PL-600B (30" wide).
     
  3. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
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    the pl850 looks like a nice machine but i'm not sure i would need the hydrostatic drive.
     
  4. mverick

    mverick LawnSite Senior Member
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    I looked at the Pluggers, Turfco's, Bluebirds. Almost screwed up and bought a large Bluebird. Price was really good. The Plugger I liked and wanted the hydrostatic drive. But figured I didn't need the width. I just wanted to used it for small yards or cutting in larger yards. The small Turfco was perfect. And I have a pull behind for larger area's. One guy runs the Turfco and one runs the tractor. I like the steering drive on the turfco runs really nice. The plugger was a little big for me for cut in if I got the driven unit.

    Turfco turn aer 4 is what we got I think. Has right and left brake for steering.

    Oh, we have a lot of walk out basements with hills. I wouldn't buy one without a drive unit.
     
  5. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
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    that's only 17" though. that would take too long to do a yard.
     
  6. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
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  7. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
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    is this your machine?

    how much did this cost? this looks like a nice machine
     
  8. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
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    i don't think i would be interested in something like this. i'm interested in either the classen or the plugr. the plugr looks like it costs a little more.
     
  9. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
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    I love my pl 400. I will however upgrade will be the pluger hydro.
     
  10. mverick

    mverick LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you haven't used one. You don't know. And, nope. It doesn't take long at all. It's fast. Get a buggy and it drags you along. I actually wish it went slower for cut in.
     

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