$10,000 aerator + 2 1/2 ft

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  1. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
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    Wondering if anybody is willing to spend $10,000 or more for an aerator that aerates a mere 2 1/2 feet?

    Example : Toro/Exmark stand-on aerator. $9400 plus sales tax.
  2. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
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    The z areator is 42"s and $7.5k i think.
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  3. Jaybrown

    Jaybrown LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Pull behind billy goat 48" $2000.
  4. Jaybrown

    Jaybrown LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Anything bigger than 2.5 feet is no good for small property's. big property's just get a pull behind or a front mount for $2000
  5. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
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    I bought an origional z plugger. Not enough holes, couldnt penetrate my red clay soil, unless it rained the day before,terrible on hills. Its been sitting in my building for years. It has a hydrolic spreader on it. Great for spreading pellet lime.
    I bought the toro standup(lawn Solutions) from the origional inventor. It works great. It will last many years.great value.
    I also havs a lawnair 4. I bought it in 1984.
    I also built a 5 foot wide tractor mount (3point hitch), aerator, out of Ryan tricare castings. I used this for many years, but it needed extra weight to penetrate the soil, unless it was irrigated...total, with weight ...probably 1600 lbs. I havent used this since i bought the Lawn Solutions (toro)
  6. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Larry I wouldn't spend that for the ride on.
    Now depending on the price of the dual hydro WB, perhaps......
    I'm lookin at you, Turfco:)
  7. lush&green

    lush&green LawnSite Member
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    I did and its worth every penny.
  8. nighthawk117

    nighthawk117 LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
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    Here is just one example of price vs profit, a brand new scag mower that I bought was 12k. There are guys mowing lawns for 35.00 with these. I bought a Zspray for 8500.00 and it has been the most profitable one man ride on piece of equipment ! I have been looking at aerators for a while and have not purchased yet, but will be at some point knowing what we make doing aerations. I don't think the price is outrageous in this day in age compared to ALOT of items in our trade. :drinkup:
  9. pieperlc

    pieperlc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
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    Why does everyone think Turfco is going to come out with this great and magical ride and be able to charge less than a Toro unit? I own a T3000 and am very happy with it. Got a Toro stand on aerator last fall and it's great too. When you compare them side by side, the Toro looks more expensive and heavier built. It has a bigger more expensive engine and the hydros certainly cost a lot more than the transimssion on the T. If Turfco wants 9500 for a T, they'll want 12k for a ride-on!

    I don't like to talk prices on the public board but we paid 2 grand less than the prices Larry is talking about. I also know of two places where it can be had for 8-8500 plus tax all day for anyone, no fleet discount required.

    At the end of the day, it all depends on how your operation is set up. If I already have the guys on payroll to get the aerations done with walk behinds, I would stay with walk behinds too. But these machines will close to double one man's aeration productivity.
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  10. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
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    To sum this up for the blind. Is it the labor or the machine that costs more to aerate a lawn?

    If its labor and you cut it in half, how long does it take those savings to pay for the machine?

    Then how many more years of savings would you have with the machine before its worn out which is the increased profit?

    Or since you get it done twice as quick how many more could you sell and increase sales?

    For anyone doing $20k plus in aeration its a no brainer I would think.
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