Is buying an aerator a smart business decision?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Holland, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. Holland

    Holland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 748

    Ok here in central Mississippi with all the clay soil aeration is really needed to keep your grass really healthy. I don't see many companies talking much about aeration in my area. I'm wondering if that's a job I should look to offer as one of my main services? If so what's a good machine for starting off?

    Thanks guys.
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  2. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    Make sure it is a core aerator that pulls plugs.

    Better to own. Save the time and gas going to pick up and return the aerator to the rental center.

    You do the work when it fits your schedule best. Not schedule the work based on rental availablity.

    You may make enough money back the first year to pay for the machine. Maybe take two years.

    After walking behind an aerator I would want an core aerator that I can pull behind my rider. Though then that will lead to gate clearance.

    So if you have the cash, go for it.
  3. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,071

    Aeration is a great add on service. You can charge 2.5 to 3 times the cost of mowing. I own 3 aerators. Two of them I bought used from rental stores about 8 years ago and are still running.
  4. MTenterprises

    MTenterprises LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 326

    Soil gets especially compacted by all the heavy ztrs the knuckle heads are putting on all the lawns too. Aeration is a great benefit add on service that not everyone does. I'm thinking about getting one.
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  5. Ducke

    Ducke LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 353

    Couldn't have said it any better. I bought a two year old Ryan last year 33 lawn to pay it off then its just cost fuel and maintenance.
  6. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,096

    Absolutely it's a great idea. Just don't buy an expensive ride on unless you know you have the business to support one.

    You can find quality used ones on craigslist for less than $2k
  7. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,378

    Tons of half price hacks here. :hammerhead:

    Rates are getting close to mowing rates now days.
  8. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,071

    There is a big company in my town that does that. They do a crappy job. I stick to my prices on aeration. I do a better job and like I said, its an add on service. I use a lawnaire 28.
  9. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    I rent a Blue Bird pull behind 36".
  10. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,292

    I used to rent, hated having to go pick up and return the unit. Then I bought. Two years unit pd for and then some. No question a great service to offer.

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