Best aerator out there?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cklands, Aug 5, 2004.

  1. cklands

    cklands LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 360

    In the past I have always rented an aerator, usually the blue bird. This season I am looking to purchase at least one. My Exmark dealer has the new Billy Goat that looks like it is real easy to use. I also saw a ride on in this months L&L magazine. What does everyone else use? I aerate a little over 1 million sg. ft. of residential lawns. Most are 12-20K and a few are around 50-60K. Any thoughts?
  2. cklands

    cklands LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 360

    What... no one else aerates?????????
  3. dwost

    dwost LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,667

  4. James Cormier

    James Cormier LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,217

    If your using a z ( to mow ) buy a pull behind, you will save so much time over walking, I use a lesco pull behind a wright stander
  5. gl1200a

    gl1200a LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 512

    Well I am going to get my first one this fall and am going to go with an Agri-Fab 48". Yes, it's very cheap, but I prefer inexpensive. For the amount I'll use it the first few years I'll go with the $184.00 Agri-Fab for now.
  6. broken leg

    broken leg LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 285

    You get what you pay for agri-fab had one does awfull job don't wast your money. I have a lesco tow behind, the new billy goat, and one that goes on my Walker Mower. If I could just have one the lesco tow behind is money well spent and they will finance it for you.
  7. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    Look at the turfco turning aerator for a walkbehind.
    Fro a pull behind the feldman yurf vent falls in between the lesco and the agrifab in price.
  8. Ray & Karen

    Ray & Karen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 137

    I have a Ryan and a Blue Bird, and they are both nearly equal if your looking for a walk behind. If I were to invest in another, I would look at the Gator Rator. Not many folks have those yet, so I haven't heard much good or bad so far.
  9. Five Diamond Lawns

    Five Diamond Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    Let me tell you about the Billy Goat.
    This is my second full season with it and I've had my ups and downs. My opinion is they do the best job of any aerator I've ever used ( that says a lot) But and this is the big But, their in and out of the shop constantly.
    Now let me qualify this by noting we do anywhere from 35 to 50 aerations a week 6 months a year.
    The biggest problem, it seems, is the design is new and they are fixing things as they go. The original handle ( after I went through 3 ) was replaced with a new design. The drive cable ( I've gone through 9 ) is soon to be redesigned (says the rep ).

    I could go on for days, but to finish this story, this spring I went 7 weeks in a row without getting a full 40 hours out of this machine
  10. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    I use a Turfco 20 aerator, man I wish that I would have paid a little more for the Turfco Turnaer 26 though.

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