Aerators that can turn

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dmk395, Aug 25, 2001.

  1. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,006

    I am new to aerating. Recently I rented a Ryan aerator. Small unit,but seem to be a moneymaker. Nonetheless the hardest part is turning, as you have to pick up the rear end then roll it, then start all over again, otherwise the turf rips. Are there aerators out there that turn without tearing the turf, or maybe should I go in circles rather than straight lines?
  2. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
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  3. UrbanEarth

    UrbanEarth LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    Sounds like you had the LA4. As you get better with it, you can turn it by leaning it on it's side around corners. Not a great way to do things, but . . .
    The Ryan La28 turns very easily, but is a wee bit more expensive. Does a far better job as well.

  4. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,006

    Is the la model the "zero turn model", i heard from somewhere there was such a machine.
  5. Lawn DOG

    Lawn DOG LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 276

    I got 2 of the LA28's and they turn on a dime and keep aerating while you turn. They doubled my aerating income because it cut down on employee fatigue and is more productive than other models like the one you used. Although more expensive it paid for itself.
  6. Dochere

    Dochere LawnSite Member
    Messages: 137

    If you have a Lesco near by, do yourself a favor and check out the Classen units. They have a split drive unit that is almost able to pull off zero turns (so close) simply by releasing a handle. Easiest aerator I have ever played with, kind of overwelming to look at though, it's huge!:)

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