Turfco XT5 vs LS Hydro Aerator

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by DA Quality Lawn & YS, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    There has been a lot of chatter between these two very similar units.
    Enough banter on 100 different threads.

    Here is what I want:

    Tell me which you think would be the better machine, and why.
    Briefly please, no dissertation.
  2. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Messages: 4,357

    Xt5 because of the 24" width and tine cleaning. Everthing else seems like a wash.
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  3. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    Anyhow....neither unit......just kidding.

    Either unit will be a challenge on properties or lawns with steep slopes with front drive. I have the LS unit and I have had to skip a few places or just aerate with my Hydro Plugr.

    Don't think anyone here has used both. If they have they aren't talking. :laugh:

    One of my shorter posts. :rolleyes:
  4. LawnSolutionsCP

    LawnSolutionsCP Sponsor
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    what could you not do with our 21 hydro unit?
  5. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have pics of my plugr hydro on ATV ramps strapped down with tie down to make it down out side iron stairs. Would never have hired help do that. Another steep driveway 45 degrees at the bottom, house on slope just easier with hydro plugr. Then again would never take a non hydro plugr down there either. Fact will never own a non hydro plugr.

    Going down steep hills? a pull back on the bars will cause to front wheels to loose traction better to back down and push up for weight transfer.

    Another property up a hill again 35 to 45 degree then slope stops to rock garden. Customer groused that I charged him $68. Next time it will be more like $85

    David's 21 WB pulled considerably deeper plugs than my Plugr to day.

    Not a single perfect one size fits all unit out there.

    Plugr Hydro are spendy if bought new.

    Either of the unit in questions are considerbly less $ and will not burn through tines like a Plugr.

    Sorry for the dissertation....:laugh:
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  6. rdharris

    rdharris LawnSite Member
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    I have found on the LS machine traveling straight into a ditch and up the other side works better than trying to aerate along side the ditch. The only problems I encounter using the unit is trying to travel across a sloped area. The bottom half of the unit sinks the tines sending power to the upper side tines which will just spin on the top surface of the ground or grab and try to send you down the hill. Other than that I love the machine. I can only compare it to my former split drive classen.
  7. LawnSolutionsCP

    LawnSolutionsCP Sponsor
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    Adjust the depth stops correctly and it won't do this. If the depth settings were set in the middle instead of the deepest setting this won't happen when going across hills. Give it a try.

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  8. QualityGuy

    QualityGuy LawnSite Member
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    I try to avoid tedious hand work such as this but I just have to put my 2 cents in. I was invited to demo the XT-5 at the Turfco facility in Blaine, MN. I found it not only easy to use, but actually kind of fun. When I got there they had a little obstacle course set up...at this point I almost got back in my truck. But I waited and took my turn round the course. The ease of use coupled with the variety of features made it an overall enjoyable experience.
    Although the product does not have a place in my garage (as I use another Turfco model on one of my out-front mowers), I believe that for any small contractor with a majority of single family residential clients, there is real money to be made. With the XT-5, which takes very little effort to operate, you can mine more income from you existing client base. Just my thoughts....

    Happy Hunting!
  9. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    I am hearing slight bias toward the Turfco machine so far.......
  10. LawnSolutionsCP

    LawnSolutionsCP Sponsor
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    I'll be in MN next week if you would like to demo our aerators to see the difference. It will be worth your time.

    single and dual hydro machines will be up there along with the rinsing aerator.

    Let me know.
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