$10,000 aerator + 2 1/2 ft

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by americanlawn, Jun 14, 2013.

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  1. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
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    Well aerating 10k by just standing and riding in only 15 minutes seems to be worth the price of the ride on. Production could stay pretty high. Plus the ability to add pressure to increase plug depth on hard ground is nice.

    I hated to aerate with a wb clausen. I don't mind doing it now.

    The big difference is do you have guys to run the aerators? I don't and the ride on is good for me. If I had 2-3 guys with little to do buying 3 wb aerators might be a possible better return.
  2. jfoxtrot9

    jfoxtrot9 LawnSite Senior Member
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    This is dead on. I bought mine for 8500 and it was an outstanding purchase for my business. Nothing out there is as productive. I literally enjoy aerations now! Very fast and does a great job. It is great on small and large lawns.

    Djagusch, I believe this is just that, more pot stirring. The op has already asked this same question not long ago. Every question that has been asked about it (width, aeration width, price, etc) has been answered. It is funny how there are a few on this site that seem believe that their favorite brand is the only reasonable purchase anyone can make.

    There is a reason this machine has a 2 1/2 ft aerating width is because the tires on this ride-on are a decent size. This is most of the non aerating width on the aerator. It is a heavy machine and including the operator, you need the larger tires to support the weight. There is no way around that. They want to keep the machine under 48". There is the answer. I have already posted this.

    This aerator is built like a tank, is very productive and does a very good job. It has been reliable thus far for me, maintenance is super easy. I personally have zero regret about my purchase last fall. It makes alot of money fast. Just my 2 cents! I remember Americanlawn (the op) giving me advice and helping me make my first aerator purchase not that long ago, a Lawn Solutions walk behind! (Of course that was before he was wooed by Turfco!)

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  4. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Toro / ExMark has been working on a 48 inch ride on aerator. I got a call a few weeks ago when we were asking them if they would make an 60 inch ride on aerator on Lawnsite.

    So hopefully maybe this Fall I get a chance to demo it?

    And if they do come out with a 48 inch ride on aerator. ..they've got one sold already!
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  5. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
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    Serious question regarding a $10,000 Toro aerator.... (devil's advocate)

    1) 40% aeration customers have "gates".
    2) Most gates are less than 48" wide
    3) "Front & sides" average less than 1/3 of total lawn square footage.
    4) Also need a walk-behind aerator for trimming
    5) $10,000 for a piece of equipment that only has a 2 1/2 foot width
    6) $10,000 for a piece of equipment that is used only 3 weeks per year
    7) What would the $10,000 resale value be if you want to sell it?
    8) Will this $10,000 piece of equipment be outdated after only a couple of years?

    These are questions many of my local LCS's and I have. Please keep in mind that I will purchase a Toro stand-on aerator by mid August. So don't scold me....
  6. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
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    okay -- might be used more than 3 weeks in the fall. bump
  7. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
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    You could always "Outsource" your aeration work to some other lawn care company that has a $10,000 aerator. Then you don't have to worry about spending the money.

    Sounds like a win, win situation!!!

    You're not out the $10,000, the work is getting done, and now you have extra capital spend in your business. Problem solved.
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