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Ryan Lawnaire IV Price???

The Greenskeep

LawnSite Member
Location
Cleveland, Ohio
Looking at getting a Ryan Lawnaire IV - dealer asking $3000.00 new, $1400.00 used - Curious to know what you all were paying?

Is this in the ballpark price wise?

Any help would be appreciated

Thanks,
The Greenskeep
 

eruuska

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Rensselaer, IN
If you're looking at an aerator, don't get the LA IV. I rented one a couple times, and it just about kicked my a$$. For 3 grand you should be able to get into a Plugr PL800. There was someone who ordered several too many, and was selling them here on Lawnsite for around $2600 or $2800. If you did a search I'm sure you could find it, maybe he's got some left.
 

TURF DOCTOR

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
BEREA KY
We have a lesco renovater used it today simple to use and run, starts 1 pull or 2 i recommend this 1
 

6'7 330

LawnSite Bronze Member
We have several LA IV Ryan’s. We acquired them new in 1996 and 1997.The best I can remember we paid 1600 back then. The pro’s to the unit are, less moving parts then many of the cam-driven, and you can’t hardly ware them out. Replacing tynes and an occasional water drum, or chain, and you’re back rolling. In addition, if engine blows slap another on there ,and you’re plugging and back in business.

Among the negatives the Ryan is a bear for the workers to operate, operator fatigue will be high. The machine will only pull nine holes to a thousand square feet, making it necessary to do two passes for a proper aeration job.
 

Turfdude

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
South Jersey
6'7 330 said:
We have several LA IV Ryan’s. We acquired them new in 1996 and 1997.The best I can remember we paid 1600 back then. The pro’s to the unit are, less moving parts then many of the cam-driven, and you can’t hardly ware them out. Replacing tynes and an occasional water drum, or chain, and you’re back rolling. In addition, if engine blows slap another on there ,and you’re plugging and back in business.

Among the negatives the Ryan is a bear for the workers to operate, operator fatigue will be high. The machine will only pull nine holes to a thousand square feet, making it necessary to do two passes for a proper aeration job.
THe machine pulls a few more holes than 9 in 1000 sq.ft. I hope.

Only a girl in a skirt (kilt) would get worn out w/ this unit. :p lol - j/k

Anyway we have said unit. Works well as stated above. It is better on lawns 10K or more as it does wear you out making turns on smaller properties. The longer th runs, the easier it is. It is a very reliable unit and good money maker. Smaller guys(under 180#'s) would probably tire more quickly w/ this unit and may wear out making turns if doing multiple small properties in a single day. (6'2" 205) - don't hurt me big guy!!
 

Bengo

LawnSite Member
Location
Franklin,Wi
The Ryan Lawnaire IV's and V's pull approx 9 plugs per sq ft which is basically the industry standard. I have several Lawnaire V's and love them. I don't have any IV's. I can get the bigger machines into 99% of the places the smaller IV and get 7.5" extra every pass which adds up bigtime over the course of a season. I purchased my last machine in the spring of 2005 and paid approx $2600( $2340 actually as I get 10 % on any purchase from a local dealer) new so $3000 sounds somewhat high for a 19" Lawnaire IV.. I feel the Ryan products are engineered and balanced well so it doesn't take a bull to handle one....just look at it as good excercise and plug on.
 
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