Exmark aerator anyone?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by nobagger, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    I'm looking to buy an aerator for next year and when I was at a local Exmark dealer he said theirs is one of the best. I'm hoping to demo one next week but thought I would get some thoughts from guys who actually use one. Thanks in advance.
  2. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    Whatever you do get a split tine aerator so you can steer the thing.
  3. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    I believe this is, it's hydro. driven. I wish I could spend the $$ on their stand up version but at almost 11k I'd have to do A LOT of lawns. I'm thinking the bigger of the two walk behind version, it has a bigger, heavier duty tranny and pulls more plugs.
  4. Golfpro21

    Golfpro21 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 563

    bigger its sometimes better, but make sure its gonna fit though gates you may have, nothing worse than having to tunr down jobs because you cant get through their gates, or have to rent a smaller machine just for the back yards
  5. jaybow

    jaybow LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mi
    Messages: 1,089

    How much is the bigger Exmark walk behind aerator, you can use a sulky on that thing.
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  6. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    I think its 21 or 24" wide. My dealer said it has a much stronger transmission hydro drive and something else that's why the higher price I guess. I was supposed to demo one this week but the Exmark guy cant find a demo unit.
  7. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    Glad y'all can afford to sit in the lap of luxury, mine's a solid shaft belt-and-chain drive but then I only paid a thousand for it and it works me over good and hard... But if it works me a thousand hours I still save $10 an hour over that $11k machine so it's like getting paid an extra $10 an hour to work hard, once again the more expensive machine doesn't make more money.

    Would you TAKE ten thousand dollars if you had to forget that split drive?

    I'd see about pricing some used units.
    And if you want to get the job done I'd get one that's at least 24" wide.
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2012

    RABBITMAN11 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,480

    I have one of the dual hydro lawn solutions for sale. Same machine.
    Its for sale!
  9. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    What the hell are you talking about?! Re-read my 2nd response.
  10. jfoxtrot9

    jfoxtrot9 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Exmark is supposed to have 3 different hydro drive aerators. They still only currently have 2. The two available are the single hydro drive walk behind (21") and the ride-on. The third not yet available is the dual-hydro walk behind (24"). That is the one that you can put a sulky on. You cannot put a sulky on the other walk behind.

    You will not find a demo for a dual hydro because they are not available yet. I would love to know why. I have been trying to buy one since they were still Lawn Solutions brand which was over a year ago. I waited until almost fall and with no availability date given from Exmark, I bit the bullet and bought the ride-on. Personally I have zero regrets about my purchase although it is a very expensive piece. But it completely removes the work out of aerating. It is actually easier to aerate than to mow a lawn! It is extremely productive. You can do several lawns big and small with no fatigue and no limitations on size of lawn. That is nice. Plus it pulls the best plugs that I have ever seen from any other aerator in my 16 years experience. I am not sure where you are getting quoted at 11k, but you should be able to get one for $8500 or less + tax (still not cheap, I know). In my opinion, worth every penny if you can get the work. I am happy now that I did not get the dual hydro. But, as someone else posted, you have to consider the size of machine. The ride on is 48" wide, so no small back gates. I also have the 21" single hydro version for that. Lucky for me, I put less than 2 hours on that this year. The rest was all ride-on.

    I think if the dual-hydro was available and you could only have one aerator, it may be the one to own if fenced in back yards was a big concern for you. If your main concern is just plain productivity, the ride-on is the way to go.

    As Rabbitman has posted, he has a Dual-Hydro for sale with the Lawn Solutions brand. Might be a way to get a deal! Not sure what he is asking or how many hours is on his machine. Is the sulky included with his?

    Hope some of this info helps. You may also get some decent information from the thread "Your Machine Is In..." started by Rick13.

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