Has anyone used one of these

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 1BadHawk, Mar 21, 2005.

  1. 1BadHawk

    1BadHawk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    Just wondering if anyones used one these and how effective is it? I realise obviously its no comparison to the $2k and $3k motor driven aerators, im just wondering if this type pulls plugs or if it just pokes holes.

  2. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    I havn't tried one, but I wouldn't even waste my time or money on that unit.
  3. CamLand

    CamLand LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,299

    i've seen them around,a friend of mine has one believe it is a plugger.He had cinder blocks on it for weight.It seems effective for homeowner use...
  4. gl1200a

    gl1200a LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 512

    You know I have one of these and used it last year and will this for the few amount of aeration jobs I have. Got one at TSC for $149. Once I have more accounts I'll buy a much better one then, but I've more than paid for this for now without debting a large amount of capitol right off the bat.
  5. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    I may get a lot of slack for this one, but if you are started out and in a tight budget, so for it.

    I remember that I used on of those with a dethatching setup when I first started out
  6. crzymow

    crzymow LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 378

    i actually built one of those, much heavier duty then that one, but works great onlarger lawns. need a small self propelled one for smaller lawns
  7. 1BadHawk

    1BadHawk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    Yes, Im just starting out, and with all the purchases already ive prety much exhausted my budget. My plan was to rent one, but at 75 bucks a day, I could just buy something like this. Ive only got a couple lawns to aerate as it is, so I figure if it works, and gets me through this season, then next year I can look into a more commercial version.
  8. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    I have one simalar to that, it is hard to sell aeration it seems for me, they are fair units and pull a good plug long as the ground is fairly soft. You may be surprised how good it works, but I think if you are on a tight budget it will work fine to you decide if you need a commercial unit
  9. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,125

    That will not pull enough plugs. To do a good job you will need to go over the lawn 4 times or more. I use one with twice the tines and double aerate and sometimes even triple aerate.

    The one I have is $499 shipped. It is the lowest quality I would recommend. You can find it here http://www.wikco.com/Turfvent.html . This one pulls good plugs but is not built as strong as the more expensive units.
  10. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    I say go for it.

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