Lawnaire 28 or Rock Solid PL600

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dmc456, Sep 24, 2003.

  1. dmc456

    dmc456 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    I'm looking at getting a walk behind aerator and would like to see some pros and cons of both machines from people who have them.

    I can purchase a used but in good shape Ryan Lawnaire 28 for the asking price of $900. I probably can go a little lower. If I purchase a used one, what should I look for on one of these machines. I demoed it and it was very nice. How does it do on med to small hills? Will it pull itself up hills?

    I am also looking at a Rock Solid PL600. It looks good. I have never seen or tried one other than the video online.

    I'm would be using it on small lots and hills.


  2. Buba

    Buba LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 93

    That is a deal for a used Ryan 28. Don't know much about Rock Solid, but I do know that Ryan invented the aerator and that everybody around here uses them. I would demo the unit before purchasing it to make sure that the unit isn't worn out.
  3. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    I own 2 PL600's. They have been bullit proof and the cam system does a much better job of aerating and seed prep than any drum type aerator.
  4. walker-talker

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

    I demoed Plugr last fall.....definetely on my the top. Hoping to get one next spring. I currently use a bluebird and it pulls nice plugs and all....but you talk about a work out!!! Next on my list will be the "perforator" for my Walker. As like the Plugr, designed by Rock Solid.

    Good luck
  5. KLawn

    KLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    The Plugr is a great machine!!! If you have a chance, at least demo it before you buy anything else.
  6. dave80

    dave80 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 42

    How much does the PL600 model cost?
  7. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    Anyone got a pick of one of these plugrs?

  8. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

  9. dmc456

    dmc456 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    I looked at the used Lawnaire 28 today. It seems to be in very good conditions. All the bearings are tights and everything seems to rotate very smoothly. You can tell the units has been taken care of or not used very much. The belts are a little dry rotted. How much work is it to change the belts? It looks like a nightmare job. What do the belts cost. I probably would change them all before using. I would hate to get a bunch of jobs lined up and have a belt brake.
  10. kels

    kels LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    Why the 600's and not the 800?

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