aerator and money

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Thanksman, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. Thanksman

    Thanksman LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,695

    Ok .. i have a question (as i dont want to turn away a customer). I can not afford a core aerator at this point in time. I have a customer who wants there lawn aerated and overseeded in spring. Would i be wasting my time as well as my customers money to use a tine aerator pull behind mon mower, or a none powered walkbehind? followed by a reseeding. :confused:
  2. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 17,819

    Most of the tow behind types have way too small of teeth on them, and don't open a large enough slit, plus the slit usually closes before it's been in the ground long enough to be of any use. There are certain tine type aerators that work great, but they are normally seen on compact utility tractors with 3 pt hitches, and have very heavy duty, large, thick tines on them.

    You should be able to find a plug type pull behind on craigs list right now for a decent price since winter is setting in and most people could use the cash for other things. The prices generally go way back up in the spring time.
  3. 944own

    944own LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,178

    Just rent the unit and work it into the price. good luck
  4. Ijustwantausername

    Ijustwantausername LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,728

    Just rent one, plug types are wayy wayy better than the tine type.
  5. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    Ditto on the renting, either a walk behind or a pro-quality tow behind depending on the lawn. Or skip the aerator if the primary reason is seeding and rent a slit will get better results.
  6. Reliable 1

    Reliable 1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 188

    I have a Blue Bird that I would be wiling to sell if you might be interested.
  7. Thanksman

    Thanksman LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,695

    TY. .. but i am going to rent and hopefully save up for one. i appreciate the help. I will buy one when i have a few jobs that require that of me.
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  8. MowingMowingMowing

    MowingMowingMowing LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 526

    Isn't it a bit late in the season to aerate? Around here it is all done end of September - Mid October ...

    If it is the norm there, ask your other customers if they are interested, rent the aerator, and do them all in a day.
  9. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    He said in spring. :p
  10. Thanksman

    Thanksman LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,695

    Yes it is very late. i am talking about for spring time... and yes.. great idea on doing them all at once..
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