Lol! Holy **** man...Been using the XT5 a little the last 2 seasons. I think I’ll stick with for a while.We purchased two Turfco XT8 two years ago. We were very excited to get a well built machine that can pop over curbs and cover a lot of ground. Currently we maintain 700 acres of commercial HOA's and we really thought this machine would help lower our labor for fall aeration. Unfortunately that has not been the case and in a industry with razor thin margins I wanted to make sure other business owners know before they purchase their hard earned money.
Both of our machines have not worked out well for us, but here are the things we have had to repair in the first 200 hours of one of our machines.
- Solenoid that controls the up and down. Happened first week, was covered under warranty
- Second week replaced leaking hydraulic cylinder was under warranty
- Shaft above the hydraulic piston is bent due to pressure
- Had to replace the hydraulic belt within 2 weeks
- Flawed design of the tines. Abnormal amounts needing replaced
- Poor quality of chain and breaks often.
- Electrical grounding issues
- Front tires shipped were dry rotted, we had to replace
- Sprockets constantly getting loose
- Hub constantly getting loose, cheap washers provided bend and wear out quickly
- Bearings were shot by 190 hours
- All factory fasteners are not well made.
- Hydraulic tank cap needed replaced, old one leaked...
- Tine shaft worn out by the key way slot, eventually will strip out
- Breaks down once a week on average
Being proactive like that only makes sense doesn't it? I dont know if that reflects the world we live in though. Stinger makes (made) changes on the fly and they didn't notify us of the changes until I complained. Then they sent updates parts. It sucks but it's reality.