wheel bearings + more = Ryan aerators

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by americanlawn, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
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    During the past two weeks, we've replaced wheel bearings on 5 Ryan aerator wheels. 3 on our 48" tow-behinds (hydraulic lift) and 2 on our Ryan walk-behinds (Lawn Aire IV's). We've also had to replace drums on 2 Ryan walk-behinds (this takes two man hours), sprockets, and chains too. Most guys around here seem to be running TURFCO aerators -- I can see why, cuz our TURFCO aerators do not have these problems.

    We get Ryan parts in 3 or 4 days. TURFCO parts = next day (if ever needed). I think we will phase out our Ryans because of the maintenance headaches & downtime. Thinking about adding more LS aerators, but I heard that TURFCO is coming out with a new line of aerator that puts all to shame. We'll see. Meanwhile, we're disappointed with our Ryans. Anybody else? Short-lived drums, shelled out bearings, short life with sprockets & chains????

    Anybody else thinking about switching away from Ryan aerators? thanks :waving:
     
  2. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Larry - I rented a Ryan for a couple days to knock out my Aerations.
    I would be interested in pursuing a Turfco if ease of use is better than the Ryans.
    What Turfco model/s do you have?
     
  3. tobylou8

    tobylou8 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    FWIW, you may want to look at Bluebird. Ive had mine 14 yrs. w/o major problems.
     
  4. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    That's because is such a beotch to use that the sucker sits on in the shop (I have a Classen).
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  5. tobylou8

    tobylou8 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Its prone to break or too bulky?
     
  6. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    No, it was designed by the Taliban as a torture device for Americans. It just so happens as you are being tortured you are punching beneficial holes in the lawn.
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  7. tobylou8

    tobylou8 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    HAHA mine must've slipped through before the transition. :laugh:
     
  8. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    No, it didn't. You just haven't used one that was easier to use. :)
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  9. bradseabridge

    bradseabridge LawnSite Senior Member
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    hahah alol.
     
  10. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
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    We only have one TURFCO aerator. TurnAer6 w/sulky. It's probably 6 years old, and it has never broke down. So we plan to keep it.

    2 Ryan walk-behinds are 5 years old, and they don't hold up. One of our other Ryans is nearly 20 years old (light green color), yet it still "functions". Ever since Textron bought Ryan, I think the quality has gone downhill.

    We have a Ryan LawnAire V for sale. $900, and it runs just fine. (let me know)

    A local LCO told me TURFCO is redesigning an aerator (not sure), but he was the one that originally told us about the TurnAer when it first came out, so we bought one, and we like it. I don't think there's much difference between Ryan & TURFCO regarding ease of use. Main difference is the TURFCO is much better built.

    GO HAWKS!

     

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