Aerator Cam vs Drum ?????

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Five Diamond Lawns, Aug 22, 2004.

  1. Five Diamond Lawns

    Five Diamond Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    I'm looking to get another aerator and have been reading threads about the Plugger and the Ryan which have cam driven tines. Talked to my local dealer and a lot of local people but no one uses cam driven aerators in this area NW.
    I hear the Plugger has problem with hills and that scares me a little as we are not shy on hills in my area.
    I did call and receive the promotional info from the Plugger, it looks interesting.

    So I ask you--- Plus and minus -- Cam vs Drum

    By the way I am currently running an BillyGoat aerator, like it but would not buy another.
  2. Cutters Lawn Care

    Cutters Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    I have a tow behind drum. Filled with water it weighs about 375 lbs. Only problem I have with it, is if it hasn't rained in a while there is barely any penetration. A few months ago I bought a walkbehind bluebird with 4 hp honda motor. It handles hills well. No problem with penetration even when it hasn't rained in a while.
  3. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
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  4. Spanky64

    Spanky64 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    I purchased a plugr 600 last Spring, and there is no comparison between a day of aeration with a drum, and a day with the plugr. I was beat at the end of the day with a drum, but the plugr is much easier to operate. As for hills you will have to transverse them sideways. We are fairly flat here is Southwest Kansas. I haven't regretted getting the plugr.
  5. khutch

    khutch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 497

    I have only used my PlugR about 5 times. On flat ground I don't think a drum can match in in productivity, and you will be much fresher at the end of a day. Hills, yes, a different story....But again, I have not used it enough on hills yet to be too critical.....
  6. BENTLEY'S L. C.

    BENTLEY'S L. C. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I've had my plugr for a year. Very easy on the body. It' harder on the hills though. If you have a lot of hills I would look at some other brands.
  7. Five Diamond Lawns

    Five Diamond Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    Any one out there run the Ryan's cam driven aerator? If so are they any better on hills?

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