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Aerator shoes??

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by jdkatz, May 11, 2006.

  1. jdkatz

    jdkatz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    OK may seem a little odd but I was wondering about aerator shoes. I can't afford a machine and I have not had a big call for this kind of service, one of my customers suggested them to do his front yard, for an added price on next weeks service of course. So what do you think??:usflag: :waving:
  2. cessnasovereign

    cessnasovereign LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 292

    LOL.. sorry but sounds pretty funny. I hope the yard is about 10x10 otherwise, good luck and you really need a core aerator, vs. spikes. I mean dang, just put on some cleats, it's about the same. haha

    You can buy tow behind core-aerators for riders at about $200
  3. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    Right. Then you and Jerry Baker can sit back in your golf spikes drinking dish soap and molasses.

    Rent the machine and charge at least fifteen dollars per thousand.
  4. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    Those shoes are a joke, they do more harm than good. You need a machene that removes cores or plugs to do any benifit. Like Killswitch said, you can rent one.
  5. jdkatz

    jdkatz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    Thanks guys
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    LOL ...And that's about what you get, too. About $200 worth of aerator.
  7. cessnasovereign

    cessnasovereign LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 292

    BUT, you can't tell me it's not 1000ty better than aerator shoes! :dizzy:
  8. General Landscaping

    General Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    What is the problem?
    Is it performance related or longevity related?

    What is the typical failure mode for a $200 aerator?

    Tine breakage?
    Bushing wear out?

    I'm thinking of getting one and converting it to 3 point for mounting on back of an old Cub 149.
  9. ChadD

    ChadD LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Messages: 9

    I heard the shoes compact the soil around the spikes, which defeats the purpose.

  10. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,125

    The whole thing is junk. Most importantly they don't pull good cores, or enough of them. The position of the tines are to far apart and there is not enough of them. Your customers would not be getting a professional quality service with one of those homeowner aerators.

    The cheapest tow behind worth buying would be this one http://www.wikco.com/Turfvent.html

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