Going to buy a aerator.you help me pick one!!

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by leeslawncare, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. leeslawncare

    leeslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 649

    Hey guys , I'm going to Atlanta in the morning to get a (used) aerator .they both cost the same. one is a ryan 28inch ,an the other is a bluebird 28 inch. give me your prefrence.


  2. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Messages: 2,636

    What engines do they have?
    What condition are the pluggers in? They bent? What about the chain and alignment? How well do they run?

    I prefer Ryan, but you gotta look at the above questions...
  3. BeautifulBlooms

    BeautifulBlooms LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    I bought a new Turfco Turnaer 26 with chariot for like $3900 and it helped me go from doing 13000 sq. ft. per hour with the bluebird in your picture to 19000 sq. ft. So it was 1.5 times faster than the bluebird and I still was able to make the same amount, and my shoulders arent wrecked this season. I would think twice about buying one of those models after having used them for 3 years, I decided to just throw the big $ at a good one that will increase my efficiency and save on my body's wear and tear!

    P.S. I sold $2800 worth of aeration this season, and my hourly rate for all the aeration this seasoon came to $128/hour after I did all the calculations. Thats like $80 in profit per property (maybe $1200 in total net profit) It will pay for itself in 4 years . . . and it will hardly have any hours ont he machine at that point either.
  4. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,120

    I would go with the one in better shape. The Bluebird is basically a copycat design of the Ryan, their almost the same unit.
  5. fastcat

    fastcat LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    go with the ryan it looks like it has a honda engine on it.

    KACYDS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 559

    Have used a ryan many of times......... Thats the one I would get, esp. with a honda on it.
  7. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 878

    A caution here. Designs have changed alot since the 1970s when the Ryan was designed and most everyone else copied it. The design is hard to operate is not user friendly and can be just plain mean on the body. There are units available today to do not beat you up, drive like mowers and you can ride behind them on larger properties. Problem is they cost more. I depends on how much you value your back and how much your chiropracter and back doctor costs. Trust me there are much easier units to use out there.
  8. BeautifulBlooms

    BeautifulBlooms LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    Well said Turfco, oh wait you are from turfco so you should know, but what he said is exactly what I was talking about after I went from 3 years of using the bluebird, to buying the turnaer26 with the chariot. You can use the chariot on most lawns, you just have to know when to detach it and just go back and forth, but even the lifting and lowering mecahnism on the turfco takes the strain off the shoulders.
  9. SOONERS222

    SOONERS222 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    I recently purchased a Ryan Lawnaire IV and love it so far. Good Luck
  10. leeslawncare

    leeslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 649

    i got me one for 1150.00 not hurt good machine ...can't wait to use it this spring.

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