plug aerator opinion

JCLawn and more

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
MI
Im looking at some cheaper aerator options. I only have a couple places that would even be interested, but I want to be able to add this to my list of services. So I really don't want to spend a grand on this. So i am really looking hard at this one http://www.countryzeroturn.com/lawnaerators.htm I called and they said it pulls 3/4 x 2-3inch plugs depending on the soil conditions. I know I would have to go over it 3 times to get the amount of holes I need. http://www.zrator.com/home.html This would be the one I would prefer, but its $2100 plus shipping and I would still have to go over it twice. I would like to get some thoughts on the first one.
 

kennc38

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Raleigh, NC
Im looking at some cheaper aerator options. I only have a couple places that would even be interested, but I want to be able to add this to my list of services. So I really don't want to spend a grand on this. So i am really looking hard at this one http://www.countryzeroturn.com/lawnaerators.htm I called and they said it pulls 3/4 x 2-3inch plugs depending on the soil conditions. I know I would have to go over it 3 times to get the amount of holes I need. http://www.zrator.com/home.html This would be the one I would prefer, but its $2100 plus shipping and I would still have to go over it twice. I would like to get some thoughts on the first one.
Have you considered renting versus buying since you don't have many yards to aerate? If you buy, your equipment will be sitting unused for the majority of the time not making you any money.
 
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JCLawn and more

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
MI
Have you considered renting versus buying since you don't have many yards to aerate? If you buy, your equipment will be sitting unused for the majority of the time not making you any money.
the issue with that is no one around here has commercial aerators. I don't know what to consider the first one I mentioned, I would not call it full commercial. Eventually I want one on a 3pt hitch for a tractor when I get one.
 

kennc38

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Raleigh, NC
I agree, I would stay away from the 1st one. I think a few people have reviewed th Zrator, so if you do a search you might be able to find them.

For a pull behind, you might also want to consider these: http://www.wikco.com/aeratorwk.html

I don't have any experience with them, but they appear to be very well made are a reasonably priced based on the quality of construction.
 

hackitdown

LawnSite Gold Member
Location
Newport, RI
Ahh...the quest for a cheap aerator. I bought a Feldman Turfvent. it was a POS, it fell apart, sold it for scrap. Rented the Bluebird/Husquvarna tow-behind, it works pretty well. I rented the same one for years, it is pretty well made. Good for big areas.

When I bought an aerator, I got a Turfco xt5. Quality all the way. Not cheap.
 

kennc38

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Raleigh, NC
Ahh...the quest for a cheap aerator. I bought a Feldman Turfvent. it was a POS, it fell apart, sold it for scrap. Rented the Bluebird/Husquvarna tow-behind, it works pretty well. I rented the same one for years, it is pretty well made. Good for big areas.

When I bought an aerator, I got a Turfco xt5. Quality all the way. Not cheap.
I bought an XT5 too once I started doing more lawns and renting became a pain in the butt. The place I rented from didn't take care of their equipment either, which made things even worse.
 

Flatop

LawnSite Member
Location
San Antonio, TX
Check with your local Lowe's or Home Depot regarding renting aerators. I rented one through Home Depot. I talked with the clerk regarding when they retire their old equipment. Best thing I could have done. The Billy Goat aerator I rented ended up going home with me permanently.
 
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JCLawn and more

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
MI
ok, lets clarify. If I use one it will be on lawns over a acre. So the little self propelled ones are a horrible idea.
 

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