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Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by cibula11, Sep 21, 2011.
Do they work? Plug aerator on craigslist is 75 and wondered if it was worth it or if they even work?
They work, but you get what you pay for. Don't even bother with a slice aerator as they often add to compaction issues. Plug style aerators, with the proper weight added, will work fine for most cases. If you are doing your home lawn or some larger acerage, you'll do fine. They really don't work well doing tight turns or constantly manevuering around obstacles. If you have some patience with them and take your time, you can do a decent aeration job and not tear up the yard making your turns. Just make sure you keep the aerating tines somewhat sharp with a file.
Lifesaver on larger properties. I used a turf aire (behind my ATV) on a couple 1ac properties this past weekend. It worked great.
You need to add a good bit of weight to them and the soil has to have some moisture in it to really work good, but they do just fine. I have found that two passes or more get the best results so charge accordingly.
I rent a 48" towable for large properties, I think it is a Bluebird. It uses water ranks for weight. They work just fine. I put the maximum weight on to be sure. With a ZTR you can aerate at 8 mph.
I use a Turfco walk-behind for everything else. Plugs is plugs.
I use a 72" woods, the unit weighs 450 lbs & i load 1050 lbs of concrete block onto the weight rack. It has 96 tines that penetrate 3.5 inches, serious aeration!