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Some of you may or may not know that I was the First winner of the Members Area Givaway.

I won a GATOR-RATOR Aerator. http://www.gator-rator.com

The Aerator was shipped to me promptly and palletized very nicely with NO damage at all.

Everything is included, and the instructions were very clear.

I have yet to fully aerate a lawn with it yet, as I've been busy with other things. But the quick test run I gave it proves that it is a wonderful piece of machinery.

Fit and finish, and overall design are TOP NOTCH. From nice smooth welds to a beautiful powder-coat paint finish, to the very nice wiring harness. Everything is TOP NOTCH.

Installation took about a half hour, but I could probably install another one in half that time. The longest time would have to be installing the wiring harness.

It can be removed quickly with two hitch pins and simply unplugging the power supply. Very well thought out.

I was originally leary of the almost $2500 price tag, but upon recieving this machine, I feel you DEFINATELY get your money's worth. This isn't something that somebody slapped together in someones garage.

Here are a few pictures too look at.

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Very Beefy hardware.

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I'll have to get some pictures with it in action........Stay tuned!

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Well at least someone I know actually got something for paying to be a member. LOL That unit looks very sweet. If I hadn't just bought my Classen Split-Drive a couple seasons ago I may have considered splurging, but I'll let my WB unit generate more income to pay for the Sentar I splurged on this season. Maybe next year......

P.S. How's the ride when aerating? With all this rain we've had I'm sure it isn't all that bad, but when the ground is rock hard, I bet it isn't that enjoyable, but then again you aren't going to be taking cores with anything when it is rock hard.
 

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Just wanted to again thank - Lawnsite and Gator-Rator for this unit.

As for the ride while aerating....Haven't put that much time on it to determine that, but the place that I did was shortly after the rain stopped. It was drawing some nice long cores.

I'll let you's know how it rides when the soil dries out. Sure would beat walking ANYDAY!

Plus the ability to aerate at 10 mph should be very advantageous.
 

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I don't know! :(

I never really studdied a cheapie aerator that well. But they DO seem VERY stoudt and definately sharp (watch your hands lifting it!) and very hard. I rolled it along my shop floor and it actually marks the concrete, no damage to the tines at all. They look easy enough to replace though if they do eventually dull. I'm sure Bryant used a redily available popular size tine. As this is one of the few parts he probably doesn't manufacture.
 

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AltaLawncare, the GATOR RATOR and the Ryan lawnaire 3pt hitch aerator both pull quality plugs. The differences between too are speed and manuverability.

Speed: the GATOR RATOR being able aerate as fast as the mower is capable of going. due to being mounted out front and applying down pressure.

Manuverability: GATOR RATOR being mounted out front and on a ZTR allows the operator to get up close to obstacles with out haveing to turn around and then back upto the obstacles. ZTR's Being able to turn on a dime, saves alot time repositioning the aerator for the next pass.

versatility: being compact design allows the GATOR RATOR to be used on small residential's to Large commerical property's.

the Ryan lawnaire 3pt hitch 36" weighs 475lbs
the Gator RATOR 31.5" weighs 113 lbs, but in operating position its applying 498 lbs mounted on a Bunton BZT2230
 

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Thanks for the info. Bryant...

The Textron tines look hard as nails. I'd love to get one...
* Use lighter Lazer to aerate
* More manueravable
* Can mow too, buy unhooking aerator
* Go to industrial tires on Tractor..no need for soft Turf Tires. :)

Hmm... Maybe one day.. ;
 
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