What about the JRCO Aerator

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by smz89, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. smz89

    smz89 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 72

    Does anybody use the JRCO soft plug Aerator? If so I would like to know what you guys think about it. I would get the one that mounts to the front of my toro zero turn mower.

    I would also be interested in hearing what anyone thinks about the JRCO broadcast spreader. I am very interested in both units but would like to hear some of your expieriences with them and thoughts.
  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,586

    We are looking for a unit also and quickly decided we don't want to messing with attaching a unit on a mower. Pull behind is the way we intend to go. Probably blue bird 48".
  3. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    Save your money on the areator. I tried one, not so hot, puts lots of stress on your mower and doesn't work that well. Customers want to see plugs on thier lawn so they can see how well you did the job.
  4. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581

    we like ours, but modifications are necessary--I had it mounted on a small frame ZTR and the weight wasn't enough--if the grass was even a tiny bit wet you slid all over the place--too much weight out front. I will be modifying it to work on my walker--w/o the deck for this fall and we should have it nailed.
  5. JRCO

    JRCO Sponsor
    Messages: 75

    Thanks for the input, everyone. SMZ89, if you have any specific questions, feel free to contact me as well.


  6. jetta

    jetta LawnSite Member
    Messages: 223

    we looked at them and feed back was weak, no way to try them out and no demos per jrco we passed
  7. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581

    I just want to add a few notes as an owner of several JRCO products

    - As it pertains to the aerator--I have used many different brands of aerators and the JRCO delivers a wonderful finished product--cores no, but this can be a sales point as the mess disappears much more rapidly than with traditional cores--the depth is on par so the effectiveness is there.
    -In my experience with employees and core aerators the hollow tines were destroyed and seldom lasted through a full aeration schedule--they are expensive and difficult to replace. The JRCO tines are simple to replace and are very rugged. We had some difficulty at first with some tine breakages--we assumed normal due to our experiences with a comparable core model and when at New England Grows we discussed with Bill our experience they mailed us new tines immediately--apparently there had been some quality issues with a batch of tines around our point of purchase--customer service was prompt and thorough.

    -we also own their leaf plow and the spring tine dethatcher (awesome for spring clean-ups) and I would recommend the company in a heart beat. They aren't a direct buy group so a demo would have to be through your dealer--don't bash on JRCO for that, talk to your dealer.

    Hope this helps--BTW you need a large frame ZTR or walker mower with the deck removed attachment to get the most from the aerator.
  8. jetta

    jetta LawnSite Member
    Messages: 223

    why cant we see a live demo?
  9. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581

    Consult your dealer they do the demos
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  10. JRCO

    JRCO Sponsor
    Messages: 75

    Thanks SD, you're spot on.

    Jetta, give me a call sometime. Let me know your zip code and we'll see if there is a dealer around who'd be willing to bring in a unit for a demo. I've got no problem with demos whatsoever. It really depends on what the dealer has time to do.

    Or if you have a local dealer you regularly work with, have them give me a call or I can call them.

    In the meantime, we have some videos on youtube that might help as well.

    Here's one:



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