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Best Aerator? JRCO Aerator

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Coreyb, Jan 10, 2006.

  1. Coreyb

    Coreyb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    i know i am going to get a lot of different opinions, but what's the best walk behind aerator that won't beat the he!! out of you? also, does anyone have any thoughts or experience with the jrco front mount aerator?
  2. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,420

    If you are planning on aerating large properties I can't imagine any WB aerator that won't make you feel spent and spent hard at the end of a full day of using it. That's JMO, at least in regards to LARGE property aeration.

    I looked at the JRCO front mount aerator, thing is I have a hard time with the thought of putting nearly any attachment on a ZTR. All I envision is the royal pita in taking the dang thing off and putting back on depending on the flavor of the day, i.e. mowing today no attachment, aerating next day put attachment on, have to mow day after that, take attachment off. I realize this scenario may be a tad extreme, provided your on the ball with your scheduling in regards to lawn maintenance, but IMO having to go through this just once would be to much in my book.

    I am giving some long hard thought to purchasing a dedicated aerating setup, either a 3 point attachment, or perhaps something similar to the Z-Plug stand on.

  3. Coreyb

    Coreyb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    fortunately, i will have a dedicated attachment ztr that will not mow. the deck is off it and my plan was to make it a spreder, sprayer, plugger, etc. but wasn't sure if jrco aerator wa the way to go. we will do both large commercial and small residential. just trying to stectch the buch as far as i can
  4. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    We have a Turfco and it works great!!!!:waving: it will give you a little work out but not bad.
  5. Coreyb

    Coreyb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    split drum? or non?
  6. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    I have a JRCO areator but don't use it. I rent a Plugger.
  7. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    make sure to get a split drum aerator.
  8. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    Depends on the size of property. I have used the drum types for small areas 30000 and below and have not liked. I purchased the pluger this last spring and will say that I love it. I would not hesitate to use it on mild hills and flats up to an acre, after that I would go to a pull behind. The plugger is easy on the body and gets the job done right and quick. Now that they have a self propelled plugger I would not hesitate to use it on hills also. We will see when I upgrade this next spring.
  9. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    I had started a thread on this back in the fall and a few people said they didnt own one but they new some that did and that the JRCO didnt have good penetration due to not having any weight on it. What is your thoughts on this?

  10. Coreyb

    Coreyb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    gene, why don't you use it? was there a problem? i' think i should just get a pull behind. wouldn't this be the cheapest, quickest way????

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