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Looking for an AERATOR.

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by ACutAbovesiny, Sep 24, 2006.

  1. ACutAbovesiny

    ACutAbovesiny LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 590

    I would like to buy an aerator during the fall. What should I look for? Which ones do you like?
  2. ACutAbovesiny

    ACutAbovesiny LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 590

    Not a mower attachment...a walk behind.
  3. dcgreenspro

    dcgreenspro LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 688

    if i could, the plugr is the best i have seen. Very similier to the ones i used on golf courses. pulls a very nice plug
  4. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,821

    For a walk behind machine.

    I would would investigate into a cam type machine.The old drum and chain type are rough on the operator. After a long day behind our Ryan LA IV and V'S , the workers are done in. The Ryan's are tough machine's will last forever and a day,and have a high rate of Square feet per day , less moving parts,but are a major bear to operate. The cam type machine's inflict much less operator fatigue, and all and all are more productive machines.

    As our Ryan walk-behinds die, they are being replaced with plugr, cam type aerators.
  5. ACutAbovesiny

    ACutAbovesiny LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 590

    Thanks, I'll look it up.
  6. BMFD92

    BMFD92 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    does anyone know what the price range is of the plugr. I watched the video on there website and it definetly looks like its better spend the money on a plugr instead of a conventional aerator.
  7. johnscag

    johnscag LawnSite Member
    from Balt md
    Messages: 57

    How about tow behinds? I am not sure what size lawns everyone else is doing but could not imagin walking a couple acres with a 22inch !!
    Thank you for any input
  8. The mayor

    The mayor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    As the owner of a plugr and a lesco split drive drum. The plugr is alot better at removing plugs and doesn't beat your body. Also I can push it up in the back of the truck with ramps. It is slower than a drum type aerator. When looking at the plugr get the hydro unit. With out it the plugr sucks on hills.
  9. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,821

    I agree as well get the hydro.It is true the Plugr is slower, but for the need we have for it, small stamp Chicago lawns, to small for a tow behinds and surburban lawns with fenced back yards, the Plugr is perfect.

    Less operator fatigue , the ability to pull good quality plugs,places the Plugr right at the top of the list for walk-behind machines.The PLUGR we have has had no problem pulling out good 2.5 to 3 inch plugs. The Plugr produces a good spacing pattern and the machine lays more plugs per foot than our Ryans
  10. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Think I paid around $3000 for my Plugr 800 last spring, the hydro model is another grand or so.

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