Which New Core Aerator???

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Mark Hubert, May 17, 2011.

  1. Mark Hubert

    Mark Hubert LawnSite Member
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    I'm looking at purchasing a new aerator for some small lawns and have been doing some research, but still unsure on to what I need/want. I do about 10-20 lawns around town and really only aerate, power rake and fertilize them. I got a couple kids around town doing the mowing on there own. My old core aerator doesn't even have a name or s/n on it, it looks like its from the 60s, but still worked. I've been checking into Billy Goat and Bluebird, and leaning toward the billy.

    My requirements are: Needs to be very reliable and do a great job. Needs to be productive, with few breakdowns/maintenance issues.

  2. Mr. Force® Billy Goat Industries

    Mr. Force® Billy Goat Industries LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm accused of being biased but I'd go for the Billy Goat. :) Seriously, for the quantity of lawns you've indicated you may be better off renting. By renting you've not tied up your capital, you have no storage and up-keep. You know your numbers better than I do and if it makes sense to you by all means buy one though. (.. think Billy Goat) I was just giving you a different perspective.
  3. Mark Hubert

    Mark Hubert LawnSite Member
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    The Force:

    I should have explained a little more. Renting was definitely considered, however our town has roughly 2500 people in it and the nearest town with a landscape service is 25 miles away. So people are charged an outrageous costs for landscape services. I can pay for the aerator in one year and basically this is just a hobby on the weekends.

    Why the billy?
  4. nightshutter

    nightshutter LawnSite Senior Member
    from UT
    Posts: 513

    I like my ryan. I saw a husqvarna yesterday that look pretty nice. The outer plugs were self rotating making it easier to turn.
  5. SchnabelLawnCare

    SchnabelLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Jrco hooker aerators. I have one for sale if you want. If you want maintenance to be minimal, don't have an engine ( like the jrco)
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  6. bmac1996acc

    bmac1996acc LawnSite Member
    from in GA
    Posts: 147

    Ryan 28 or Plugr 855
  7. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
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    Just wondering why you would want a "old school" back breaking type instead of one of the new easy to run ones like the Turfco, Lawn Solutions or Plugr style.
  8. SchnabelLawnCare

    SchnabelLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Cheaper entry price for only 20 lawns.
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    We just picked up a new classen 28 split drum which has been very dependable and versatile for us. Classen owns little wonder now as well checkk them out.
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  10. LawnSolutionsCP

    LawnSolutionsCP Sponsor
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    YouTube. Search lawn solutions aerator.

    You won't be dissapointed
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