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Methods Of Aerating

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mcw615, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. mcw615

    mcw615 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 473

    I have seen a few guys out this year aerating with an ATV and a BlueBird pull behind aerator.. I am considering going with this method, seems to get the medium/large jobs done faster and the company can buy me an ATV to use year round :) and then the other thought would be to rent a 21" aerator for a weekend and go knock out the small yards and the small areas I couldn't get with the ATV.

    Anyone had experience and thoughts on these two different methods?
  2. buttaluv

    buttaluv LawnSite Senior Member
    from MidWest
    Messages: 553

    that is exactly what I do...The only thing I don't like about it is...well actually there's two things, the ATV turning radius is huge, and I'd like some kind of actuator that raises & lowers the Aerator...I'm thinking a very small lawn tractor with 3-point would be the real ticket!!
  3. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    I use a garden tractor. Works just fine. I have a Grizzly 660 but it is to large for the properties I maintain plus it would rip up the grass (locked rear diff) when turning and make a mess of the job.
  4. tgaskill

    tgaskill LawnSite Member
    Messages: 148

    I do this, but with my ZTR. Works great. I do have a couple with fenced yards that I have to rent a walk behind but do them all at the same time.

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