Perfect Aerator

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LAWNGODFATHER, Jul 29, 2001.

  1. I am searching for the perfect aerator

    I am using a Lesco 26” and a Feldman 48” tow core aerators

    I already have one for small areas but am looking for one for large areas

    I was going to get a tractor and 3pt aerator, but from what I have read that may not be the best way to go

    Any suggestions

  2. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,469

    this is what i did last yr.
    1. i started with 3 aerators,1 bannerman tow 48" that i used my atv to tow ,1 LESCO 28" and 1 toro lawn air aerator.
    around sept. of last season i started to get backed up, the atv was to small and i was scared that i was going to burn it up.(250 timberwolf)
    i got a classen split drive 29" to finish out the season and it worked out well .
    this season i got a compact tractor with a 3pt. hitch to use with my bannerman and i am useing the lesco and the classen. if i sell the lesco i would get one more classen split reel.
    last yr. at a show i seen a guy with a ride on aerator that i like to look into but can not find the company.
  3. cp

    cp LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 263

    Classen has a 3-pt that you can put a tow hitch that will fit a ZTR. If your looking for a walk behind again I choose Classen split drive..
  4. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Messages: 3,485

    It already exist:

  5. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,469

    ray what does that unit cost?
    what kind of money per/m can you charge (20,000= sf all open)?
    how fAst can you run it?
  6. Brieldo

    Brieldo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 192

    I dont know how much fabrication skill you have, but some of the best aerators that I've seen have been made by the operators. Just take a look at what you're wanting in an aerator and get the welder going:)
  7. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Messages: 3,485

    Ant, the 60" model cost around $4500, you can move fast and the best thing is it works it's best on hard/dry ground which is great for overseeding in the fall.[​IMG] I charge $40-50 per k with overseeding/fert.

    Here is the web site:

  8. Kirby

    does it tear up the lawn well?

    How big of a tractor?

    Do you need 4wd or 2wd tractor?

    I think the Dealer I used to go to sells Aera-Vaters(or what ever they call it)

    Is that you on the tractor?

    I was going to buy a 60" 3pt by Millcreek but if I don't need a $13,000 tractor I would go your way

    You alredy said it work on hard dry ground and thats why I had to get a big tractor to carry the heavy weigh of the 60" 3pt and weight to get good cores

    My 48" I was putting 500lbs on it to get even shallow holes in dry condisions. And I kept blowing out the hydros on my Bobcat ZTR

    I was going to barrow a buddies Case lawn and garden tractor thats a hydro but I have to sink money in it to get it working right

    I have a lot of aerafing to do to get the lawns in shape for next year

    Thanks LGF:blob1:
  9. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Messages: 3,485

    The web site linked above will answer most questions about wthat size tractor you will need for which ever machine you would be considering. I think it does a great job, here is a photo of how it trears the dirt but leaves existing turf:


    Nope, that's not me on the tractor. Remember this machine does not pull up "cores" like a core aerator does, it vibrates it's tines into the ground, this vibration turns the ground into powder!! It will establish the fullest lawns you will ever see without sod.
  10. Yea

    I hate those cores any ways

    And am tired of getting muddy for weeks after aerating

    Thanks Kirby


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