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Opinions please?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by cessnasovereign, Apr 30, 2006.

  1. cessnasovereign

    cessnasovereign LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 292

  2. grassmanak

    grassmanak LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 792

    Id say go for it, I just aquired a craftsman tractor for 50 bucks and plan on buying something similar to what you have there
  3. oslo

    oslo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    No they don't do a quality job. If you can get a way with it though... go for it.
  4. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 992

    I have that model (see signature). The company that makes Precise Fit is Tri Global Enterprises. I think it works great. I am pleased. Brings up the cores jst as advertised. In a couple 2-4 weeks the cores are just a memory and the lawn is thriving.

    As an example I aerated my 1 acre about 2 months ago now (in March) since we had warm winter. Anyway as of today my grass is thick and very green compared to my neighbors on either side of me and the one directly behind me. I also mow at 3". This combination has made the yard look the best it has since I moved here 4 years ago. I recommend it.
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Absolutely not, and here's why:
    - Weight: the larger gas-powered units weigh a lot more than the tow-behind (yup, cement bricks and all).
    - Tine propulsion: On a gas-powered unit, it is the axle carrying the tines that is powered, so the unit literally digs itself into the dirt as it pushes itself forward. On a tow-behind unit, it's all being dragged along and the machine doing the towing is doing the work but not the aeration unit itself - I can even see the difference in plug size when I just pull my walk-behind gas-powered aerator for a short distance (like before turning) rather than letting the engine do the work, it's not the same thing, no argument.

    I only aerate maybe a dozen yards a year but I tell you what, gas-powered units literally last me forever, it's the only thing I want to do the job right.

    p.s.: yeah renting is no fun when you're in business
  6. chriscraft

    chriscraft LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    they tend to fall apart. especially if you add weight to them. without the weight they wont core well and dont do the size holes the real ones do. our unit weighs 400lbs Turfco 42" and has been used thousands of times ans nothing has broke yet. You still need a 26" walker to do perimeters and small spots. I would buy a used ryan for 500 bucks or so and buy a turfco 42" towable. They will last longer than you.
  7. cessnasovereign

    cessnasovereign LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 292

    Thanks for the opinions.. I just want something cheap for now and I'd reallllly prefer something I could tow so I don't have to do all that walking (back problems after a car accident in March).. Also what do you guys think is the best times to aerate? I'm in Charlotte, NC. I had someone ask me about it today actually.
  8. cessnasovereign

    cessnasovereign LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 292

    :cool2: Cool cool.. What do you weight it down with? How many pounds do you have on it? I haven't looked at it in person yet so I don't know if you fill it with sand or water or just put stuff on it?
  9. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    I would check on ebay. Ryan, Bluebird, Classen, Husqvarna are good brands to get! I woulld look into a gas powered machine! JMO
  10. stpet291

    stpet291 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    I have used my Home depot version a ton and have never had any problems. I add and subtract weight as need and the core size and quality are fine. Homeowners have never complained and call me back every year.

    The best $200 I have spent yet! No argument!:)

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