High production aerator suggestions?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by hackitdown, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
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    I need advice. I am hoping to expand a little this fall by pushing aeration with some heavy advertising. I want to be ready with the right equipment. For the past 7 or 8 years I have been making do by renting a Bluebird, and I also own a low end tow-behind aerator that I pull with a ZTR. I'm done with renting, and the tow behind is about ruined.

    The properties around here tend to be hilly, and there are often rocks just below the surface. Pretty rough on the aerator tines. I have been doing about 4 or 5 per day max working solo. So I am trying to find a machine that can allow me to knock out 8 or 10 per day, without killing myself (I'm 47).

    Some of the options I have seen:

    -The LT Rich Z Plug (the spreader option is interesting)
    -The Ride-on Aerator by Lawn Solutions
    -Turfco TurnAer with the sulky.
    -Classen Stand Aer

    Can anyone give me any advice? Anyone have any experience with these machines?
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Come on man...

    You've used both...

    You don't see anything different between a tow and a walk behind?
    You can look me straight in the face and claim they both do as good a job?

    Now a ride-on unit, like a Walker mower, that might be interesting, never knew they made those.
  3. LawnSolutionsCP

    LawnSolutionsCP Sponsor
    Messages: 907

    If your only looking to do 8-10 per day. Take a look at our Hydro WB. It drives more like a mower than an aerator.

    There is a video on our website.

    There is a great dealer in Sudbury, MA who has all of our producst in stock.

    The Ride-on will do 20-30 lawns a day.

  4. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,621

    Thanks for the input?

    I am asking about ride-on units. The four that I am asking about are ride on. I was wondering if anyone has actually used any of them.
  5. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,621

    Hi David. Thanks for the response. Most lawns here are from 15 to 35k sq/ft. A solo guy can cut 1 lawn per hour on average, so 20 to 30 with an aerator would be a challenge.

    The videos of your aerators are impressive. I'll check out the products at the dealer.
  6. TennisBum

    TennisBum LawnSite Member
    Messages: 185

    I'd much rather do 8-10/day with your ride-on than with your walk-behind.
  7. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,378

    Rocky soil I love using my Lawn Solutions WB 2010 edition. ...hilly terrian steep slopes side hills grassy swells traversed I prefer my plugr 850 hydro. But rocky soil is really tough on the plugr. Both units are well suited for smaller lawns. I do better $ per min on small lawns - bigger national companies here have messed up the pricing on estate lawns so I try avoid that market... better off mowing small lawns for time spent.

    Tough call for lawns that size...really depends on how hilly? Post some pics of the worst lawn inclines.
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  8. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Messages: 4,350

    I have been contemplating the same thing as I see some good margins in aerating. Above is specs that I'm considering. I think the ideal set up is the LS walkbehind (21 width for $3250) and the LS ride on. I can't justify the price for the hope of expansion.

    Options I have considered. Either Turfco or LS units. The LT Rich product is getting a makeover I hear so until that happens it's not worth looking at and the Classen there is better options than it.

    Option A. Could go with the LS w/B but I can't imagine doing my mid size properties with a 21" swath. For the mid size and larger I still would use my tow behind and the LS w/b for trimming the property. Pro's would be minimal investment and using the tow behind I already own. Also set's up for buying the ride one if expansion of this service goes well. Con's is the tow behind wouldn't get good plugs. Might end up using the LS W/B more often to get good plugs but lose productivity. The other con is the ZTR would be tied up for either aerator or mowing not both. I'm solo now but the expansion is also what I'm hoping to use to justify another worker so the mower tied up isn't good.

    Option B. Buy a TurnAer 6 and use it for most everything. Pro's would be a justifiable price tag and productive. I don't have fenced yards now but it will fit a 36" gate so if I run into that it should fit. I can always rent a smaller unit if need be. The TurnAer 6 should do fine on a smaller and mid size lawns with good plugs. If need be I can pull out the tow behind but I don't think it would be much more productive though. The Con to this is that it doesn't help get to the ideal set up. Meaning if business picks up you either choose the LS Ride on or the LS w/b based off of the type of lawns you pick up. Then eventually replace the TurnAer with the one you don't have.

    I'm still debating in my head on this and so any input/options I don't see would help out also.
  9. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Messages: 4,350

    Any input guys
  10. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,407

    I strongly recommend the lawn solutions WB. I have no problem banging out 10-12 per day with ease and im 48. I have the very first prototype and love it, and its now my understanding the new models are even better!

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