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Looking for advice on buying an aerator

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by honeydopm, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. honeydopm

    honeydopm LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 891

    Im looking to purchase an aerator soon and was wondering what would be a good mid level brand and model for moderate usage thats going to hold up and be easy to maintain? Im looking to spend around $1000 dollars. Thanks
  2. ACEMowing

    ACEMowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    Our first aerator was a Bluebird 424 and it was around $1000 but that was about 9 years ago. It was a well built machine but we called it the "mankiller" since it would wear out an operator real quick.

    We upgraded to the Plugr brand and would never go back but they start around $2000.
  3. honeydopm

    honeydopm LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 891

    Im looking to buy used and get more machine for my dollar. Any recomendations? I want something that isnt gonna beat the piss out of my guys but something thats not gonna be to easy on them haha
  4. FourTrees

    FourTrees LawnSite Senior Member
    from Zone 6
    Messages: 310

    Yea, get one that comes with an operator. Boy do I hate aerating. Makes me feel like a wimp, at how fast it wears me out.

    I use a ryan / honda engine, and like it, but again it is a beast. Payed about a $1000 for it. It is a good machine and pulls good plugs.
  5. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    I tell you what...

    I've used only WB aerators...I wanna purchase a Stand-On one..cause aerating beats me up.

    Out of the ones I've used...Bluebird, Classen, Ryan, and Billy Goat...I like the Bluebird the best..with the Billy goat closely behind, then the classen, and I can't stand the way a Ryan aerates...I actually hate those aerators with a passion.
  6. DJJS

    DJJS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    i use bluebird, before i bought it i rented for a while, classen bluebird & ryan. bluebird was my favorite by far, but all of them beat you up if your using it all day long
  7. honeydopm

    honeydopm LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 891

    Thanks for all the great advice and opinions guys. Looks like a Bluebird is what i will be searching for and it seems like the few ive found have great prices!

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