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Aerator???? Need help....again..... THANKS!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DillonsLawnCare, Oct 6, 2008.

  1. DillonsLawnCare

    DillonsLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,100

    hey guys, ive picked up about 5 landscaping jobs that involve over-seeding and aeration. ive got a pull behind plugger aerator for the acre lots. now i need a smaller one for the smaller lots.

    im planning on renting a Ryan 24" plugger aerator for $75.00 a day.

    i dont know how to use one....

    any help would be appreciated!!!
  2. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,522

    The guy at the rental shop will explain how it runs.

    My advice: Take 2 vitamin I pills (ibuprofen), eat a big breakfast, and go for it. If you don't figure it out in the first 20 minutes, hire a helper.

    Just kidding. Start the machine, engage the tines, start walking. Be careful when turning, or you will roto-til the lawn.
  3. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    1. drive onto lawn

    2. flip lower handle DOWN to raise the transport wheels

    3. pull back on the "go" lever on top and HANG ON!

    4. be VERY careful around EVERYTHING. You can tear something up quick if you hit it.

    For turns you can either lift the rear and pivot on the drum in the front, this is good for 90* turning. Or, put the transport wheels back down to turn 180*.

    Prepare to be beat up and wore out. The 24" models will eat your lunch if you have to jockey them around a lot of tight areas.
  4. DillonsLawnCare

    DillonsLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,100

    so your saying ive got to put some muscle into it??

    what if i just do like a 180 pivot turn....will it tear up too much grass??

    thanks for all the help so far!!

    Love this site!
  5. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    You have to pull the tines out of the ground, either with the transport wheels or by lifting it onto the drum to turn. You can make gradual curves with the tines down and driving forwards, but you can't turn. You will find your limits of how much you can "curve" without rototilling the lawn.

    I'm unsure if the newer Ryan 24" machines use a "split drum" or not.
  6. DillonsLawnCare

    DillonsLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,100

    alright. i'll do a little more research on the machine, and i guess i'll have to figure out how to run it. so i'll just run it on my lawn first in order to get out all the user flaws!

    Thanks for all the help!! Much appreciated!!!
  7. DillonsLawnCare

    DillonsLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,100

    do they have reverse?
  8. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,116

    No reverse, just put the tines up and pull it. If you don't have enough muscle to pull it, you may be in the wrong industry.
  9. david shumaker

    david shumaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 721

    Also, be careful on inclines and hills. I don't try to do ditches or inclines where the aerator might turn over. The aerator I have will drag you down a hill, so I put it on slow throttle if I have to go down an incline.
  10. billslawn89

    billslawn89 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,365

    be careful if the lawn has irrigation, don't want to bust a sprinker head!

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