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w/b core aerator

protouchlawn

LawnSite Member
Location
central Virginia
I have decided it is time to go ahead and buy a core aerator instead of renting. I have looked at the Bluebird and the Ryan. Are ther pros and cons with each and what is a good out the door cash price?


Thanks for your opinions.

P.S. Is there another manufacturer I should consider? ( I can count on good dealer support with the Bluebird):confused:
 

hartlawnmain

LawnSite Member
Location
Charlotte, NC
Lesco makes a good aerator. If you're doing a lot of jobs, you may want to look into a split axle, which allows you to steer instead of having to muscle it.
 

Teff's Lawn & Snow

LawnSite Member
Location
Minnesota
Bought a billygoat EZair aerator last fall for around $2000, works twice as easy as are previous Toro core aerator. Check out the billygoat it saves your back and some time.
 

Pecker

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Louisiana
I rented a Bluebird last Monday. I don't know how old it was but it KILLED my back. Now I know why the manufacturer's boast "easy manuevering" aerator.

WHAT IS THE EASIEST AERATOR TO USE???
 

Lbilawncare

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Illinois
We use Lawnaire IV and V's, demoed a Plugr by Rocksolid at Expo and thought it was the cats meow. It is easy to operate, pulls even plugs on hills, and you don't have to pull the darn lever to pull the tines up to turn. If our machines weren't in such great shape I'd buy one today.
 

Green & Clean

LawnSite Member
Location
Utah
We rented machines our first year, but that became a big pain. We purchased a used rental from Home Depot last year. Just ask the rental people when they are gong to sell them. They can give you each machines history, number of times rented etc. As a side note, aerating is one of our best $ per hour services.
 

J Haugner

LawnSite Member
Location
Bellevue. WA
I am about to buy the Billygoat EZair. It is a sweet machine. 5-horse power Honda. Well engineered. It is by far the easiest to push around, turns on a dime. $2350.00 BillyGoat. Bah!
 

PaulJ

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Columbus, NE
Look into the Turfco turning aerator. This is the one I'd buy if I had the MOney for one. Otherwise Classen makes a spit drive (they make lesco's to)

Between the Ryan and the Blue bird, I'd pick bluebird. the outer tines free wheel so you can Manually turn it with out tearing things up.
 
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