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Rent or Buy a back-up???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Five Diamond Lawns, Mar 14, 2004.

  1. Five Diamond Lawns

    Five Diamond Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    I own a 2 year old aerator and I'm putting about 25 hours a week on it this time a year. My scheduling is pretty tight with one employee scheduled 4 days a week with 6 ish lawns a day.

    Minor breakdowns are killing me. It broke a belt = 2.5 hours to take it in and get repaired. The chain broke = down for 24 hours while a new one was ordered and so on.

    My dilemma is do I buy a backup ( used aerators are impossible to find ) new $2400, or do I rent with every breakdown over 2 hours??????
  2. RidgeCon

    RidgeCon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 72

    We went to rental shops and bought a rental unit from them as our backup. It is not as fast or big as our main one but sure works when new one breaks or after a period of rain when everyone is behind and we need to double up. I think I paid about $400 for it.
  3. Five Diamond Lawns

    Five Diamond Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    Nice I'll start asking around.
  4. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    How many total aerations do you do for the year? Because if you are like doing 75-100+ I would without a doubt buy a new one.
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    You took it into a dealer to have them change a belt? Also, I would find a manufacturers supply kind of place near you that you could purchase belts and chains from. They save us alot of money.
  6. Andyinchville

    Andyinchville LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    Buy a Back up....seems like you are using an aerator alot and would warrant it....I only aerate about 15 yards per year (all less than 1/4 acre)....and I have a back up
    (I prefer to strictly mow but will do other things if necessary or if the customer wants it).
  7. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    it all comes down to how much time your going to be having this dense use of your machine. if you put 25 hrs only for a week, I would just rent. If you have 3,4 or 5 weeks of heavy use, than i would either buy a used rental machine, or bite the bullet and get a new one, that will be your primary, and this one will be your backup.

    it will all depend on wether you have a constant volume of use to justify the new expense.

    I would call united rentals (do you have those) or comparable rental companies and ask them about purchasing.

    My dad needed to buy an aerial lift a couple years back, but didnt have the $$ for a new one, bought one from united, minor use, almost 60% of sticker price.
  8. Five Diamond Lawns

    Five Diamond Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    I look to use it a lot this season.
    My goal is 25 hrs a week for 2 + months then at least the same in the fall.
    The Aerator:
    It's only just out of warranty that's why I took it in for the belt. It wasn't in that bad of shape so I thought something else must be wrong. I was correct as since replacing the belt I have now replaced the chain and now it looks like the sprocket needs replacing.
    :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
    I hope this ends soon.
  9. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    Buy a new one for the front line machine and use the old one as a back-up.
  10. Five Diamond Lawns

    Five Diamond Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    This one's only one year old!!!!
    I'm not ready for it to be a back up yet.

    Any Ideas out there for a inexpensive aerator (last resort back up) ??? I already have a pull behind for my rider but that will not get in a lot of backyards.

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