aeration mechine killing me

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ant, Sep 2, 2000.

  1. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,480

    picked up a 26" core aerator from lesco, nice mechine but a bear to run.
    for those who use a walk behind aerator is there any tips on running it?
  2. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    there no way around it! The only advice i can give is to do it on like a saturday and take sunday off. After a 10 hour day of aerating my arms are like jello!
  3. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,480

    thanks evan for the reply.
  4. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,480

    evan: how many do you do in a season?

    stone: that keys/snapper is that the type that has 4 wheel barrel tires ?
    what is the going rate per m
    one pass-----
    and 2 passes
  5. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,262

    Thats why you charge top dollar when you aerate. It's tough work.
  6. Lazer

    Lazer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,446

    Thats why you use a ride-on unit -- a.k.a. Eric's JD 3-point hitch model, Stone's ride-on Dedoes, or my GroundsMaster mounted unit.

    You use a walk-behind if you only have a handful of lawns or to do "trimming" and small areas your main aerator can't get.

    Using it all day for all jobs is paramount to push-mowing all your lawns.
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,492

    Good tricep exercise!
  8. Currier

    Currier LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 564

    As little as it may help, try not to fight the beast. Figure out how to let it do the work. I used to try and horse may lawnaire V around without lifting the tines or by lifting the machine and not pulling back the tire release handle. My arms were numb every night. Finally, I have learned that it takes less effort to do certian things and I must say aerating has not been a problem since. At the corners I flip the wheels down then use the drive to turn the machine. Any time I think about lifting the machine around, I give it second thought, and it has saved my arms plenty
  9. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    I'm lined up with 20 aerations for Tuesday all day and Wednesday morning. All walk behind work. Mostly small jobs though. But I agree with Currier,don't fight the beast. I take my time in the tight areas and move deliberately. The last thing you want to do is pull your back or rotator cuff because you wanted to hurry and claim $100 an hour rate. But I know I'll be aching the rest of next week.

  10. Barkleymut

    Barkleymut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,117

    If you live in one of the areas where there has been heavy rain all summer then take the weight bar out of the front of your Lesco. It sure has made it easier on me.

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