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rock solid, plugr aerator

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by PRO PROPERTY CARE, Feb 27, 2004.


    PRO PROPERTY CARE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 198

    Im looking at buying the rock solid aerator. 600 model.
    How do you guys like them, they are new in Canada.
    Also. It comes with either a briggs motor or honda. I know most will say honda is better. But I have equipment with briggs motors and they work fine. Any comments on the briggs motors. Its about 700 dollars cheaper.
  2. dylan

    dylan Member
    Messages: 276

    I demoed the honda version last summer and plan to buy it this spring. They seem to be excellent aerators. You might find the honda easier on you over the long run but on the other hand I've got some brigs that are 20 yrs old and still start in a few pulls. How long are you planning to keep it? How many hours will it get per season? Will you resell it? The honda might be worth more.

    PRO PROPERTY CARE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 198

    it probablywont get used as as much as bigger lawn care companys. Mostly service my existing customers. Im a small company. So i would say med. use.I wouldnt resell it. I would use it until it dies. I also have equipment with briggs motors. My billy goat leaf loader is a briggs. Starts firs pull every time.

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,132

    if the briggs is 700 cheper u could replace it when it dies and still be ahead
  5. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Pro, I responded to you PM.

    I will put a little of what I told him in that PM here.
    Nothing wrong with the Briggs. Should last a long time. Probably longer than the aerator.

    I wouldn't buy it though. The Honda that comes on the Plugrs is the one that Honda sets the RPM's from the factory at 3900 rpm. Some may say, so? Well the Briggs is 3600. The Honda is made for the added 300 rpm. The difference is when you run them side by side the Honda is faster. Faster means done quicker and time is money.
  6. mow2nd

    mow2nd LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 603

    What about the Classen split drive aerater..........I bought one 2 years ago and love it. With the split drive you can turn very easily and go around trees. I think this year I'll put a velke behind it and just ride the thing.....J/K

    PRO PROPERTY CARE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 198

    which size of split drive did you get.
    Does it chew up the grass at all when you turn.
  8. twwlawn

    twwlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    PRO, I demo both, Briggs and Honda model. 65hoss is right on speed, the Honda will out run the Briggs. I got one last year after I demo and I got the Briggs on mine, yes cheaper, and I own equipment with the Briggs for years with no problems. Maintenance is the key and when they do die, I'll buy another Briggs. Using the Plugr is great, alot easier to use, I don't feel dead at the end of the day. Get one, you will not regret it.
  9. mow2nd

    mow2nd LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 603

    I got the biggest one they make, it turns with ease. I would never use an aerater that doesnt have a split drive. I sold my ryan 5 to get the classen, and was the best move I made. I plan on getting another classen this year.

    It doesnt make a complete zero turn, so no you dont chew up the grass unless you force the turn. I ususally go around and around, verses side to side. you can go side to side, and if you do it is still the best aerater

    Under $3,000 it's your best buy
  10. kory landscaping

    kory landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    i own a rock solid Aerator, ready it has a encore label on it.. i had problems with the cams on the drive shaft, but i called rock solid and they back there product 110%. the shipped me a new machine. been using it for 2 years now and no problems.

    kory landscaping

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