push aerators

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Clear-Cut, Dec 11, 2006.

  1. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 2,543

    Runner knows exactly how it works. I line up all of my aeration jobs for Sat. and I rent the machine from a local lumber yard that rents out equipment. It's like $42 a day.

    I went out one Sat. with only 3 jobs and ended up with like 8 from the neighbors.
  2. Clear-Cut

    Clear-Cut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    sounds good to me! about how much do you guys charge per 1000 sq. ft.
  3. Ric3077

    Ric3077 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,113

    I charged $15 per 1000 in 2006 with a 5,000 sq ft min. In 2007 it will be a bit higher.
  4. Clear-Cut

    Clear-Cut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    so are you saying that u charged a base rate of $75 up to 5,000 sq.ft. and then $15 per 1000 sq.ft. if it was more than 5,000?

    or are you simply saying u dont aerate properties that are less than 5000 sq. ft.
  5. Ric3077

    Ric3077 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,113

    I would do jobs under 5,000 sq ft but it was $75. 5,000 sq ft lawns were $75 too. And yes if more than 5,000 sq ft it is $15 per 1,000 so a 10,000 sq ft lawn is $150. If I get someone with a huge lot of say 40,000 sq ft I would discount it to $12/1000sqft.
  6. Clear-Cut

    Clear-Cut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    good to know thanks
  7. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,924

    Unless you're considering a Ryan pull-behind CORE aerator with hydraulic lift (weighs over 500 pounds), forget it, cuz all the others are junk. We have two Ryan pull-behinds, but you need at least 20 horsepower to pull 'em.

    If you don't want to spend $5000 for a used John Deere to pull it, consider a Turfco TurnAer 26. It is available with a sulky, so you can stand while you work. We have one. It RULES! Turfco reps are top notch (I know).

    If you buy one of theirs, and you don't like it.....you will get big money on ebay. That has to tell us something.

    Hope this helps, Larry.
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    I'm sorry, but I have to disagree. While Ryan does make a great product (for many of their products), there are others out there that do well. The tow behind Classen is an EXCELLENT aerator, and it can be pulled with a small tractor or a Z. Millcreek is another who makes a great unit. Myself, I have a Turf-vent that I have had for several years, and it has been an excellent unit. I paid round $500 for it when I purchased t, and thogh it isn't constructed quite like the Ryan or the Classen, it is built well and has held up to many many hours of use and other than some wear on the spoons, it shows absolutely no signs of wear.
  9. dcgreenspro

    dcgreenspro LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 688

    bud, what exactly are you trying to get out of aerifying in December? Unless you have some newly aquired clients whose yards are compacted completely, you really should wait till the spring.jmo the ground will not heal and will set back the lawn with out proper fert not to mention the root shearing from the ground freezing and thawing.jmo Line em up in the spring a couple of weeks after you put down a late app.
  10. Clear-Cut

    Clear-Cut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    i never said i was doing it now...im just trying to plan for the spring

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