View Full Version : Should I purchase and aerator?

04-18-2011, 10:46 PM
I had an awesome day today, asides from the snow that I woke up to in Chicago :confused:. I thought winter was over. Cant wait for it to be consitently warm again.

So today I confirmed 2 aeration/dethatching jobs and 1 just aeration. The jobs were priced at $100 for the package deals and $150 for the other, so a total of $250. The other jobs confirmed are a $65 aeration and a $250 package deal. Which boils down to:

$440 aeration
$225 power raking

I'm wondering if I should buy an aerator with only this kind of feedback from customers, I believe I got an estimate for the cheapest being in the ballpark of $2800. My plan before today was to just rent an aerator for $110/day.

Also does the pull behind (for a lawn tractor) dethatcher work very well compared to a powered one?

Any feedback or experiences would be appreciated.

04-18-2011, 10:51 PM
Congratulations on the jobs! I also have been wondering about the pull behind dethatchers. I am sure they are not as efficient as a power unit, but I live in an old neighborhood, 99 % rentals so people are not going to spend a lot on dethatching. If a pull behind is efficient enough I know it would pay for itself, but I am a little leary about spending $ on a power unit, even though that is what I would love to have.

Southern Oasis
04-18-2011, 11:24 PM
Check with your local Home Depot. Their Tool Rental Department sells older equipment or equipment that isn't being rented often enough to warrant keeping it. Sometimes, the equipment is in really good shape. The prices are usually pretty good for such equipment. It can be a very inexpensive way to get your hands on some much needed tools of the trade. My local Home Depot just sold off their dethatcher. I wish I had known it was for sale. I might have purchased it myself. I have two properties that need dethatching. I hope this helps.

04-19-2011, 06:24 PM
Check out this blog, as it may offer you some other suggestions for de-thatching.

Donít let your dethatching job turn the lawn into a warzone. (http://lawnchat.com/?p=2274)

Let me know if that helps at all.

04-21-2011, 12:16 AM
I checked a couple rental stores today and they didn't have any aerators for sale until May, which is after my already delayed jobs.

04-21-2011, 10:40 PM
Did you check on craigslist? Maybe there are some for sale locally that are used?

Blue Bird Lawn Care
04-21-2011, 11:50 PM
Check your local lawn mower dealerships too. I went to one near me and happened to see an aerator machine and a power rake. They wanted $250 for the power rake and $395 for the aerator. Granted they are used, but they have been maintained by the shop as they rent them out also to those who don't want to buy them.

04-22-2011, 10:29 AM
What is your view now on purchasing such equipment versus renting it?

04-22-2011, 06:42 PM
$110 a day seems high

04-25-2011, 09:07 PM
I got the opportunity and I took it, nice day out! I rented a walkbehind and a towable aerator. Made $550 today, I'm still considering buying but I'll have to wait and see.

I aerated my backyard today but I wanted to save my front to try out that Aerify that others were talking about on the forum. Hopefully it works :)

04-26-2011, 09:52 AM
Take some pictures of your yard. I'd love seeing some before and afters. Let us know your review on the product and on the aeration.

05-06-2011, 12:54 AM
Hit up craigslist!

05-06-2011, 01:00 AM
I would hit craigslist. You can get a decent 1 for prob half the price of a new 1. You would save $$$. Now if you have big jobs lined up thats going to bring you in enough overhead to pay for that brand in a month new 1 then i say go for a brand new 1

Artistic Impressions
05-06-2011, 05:50 AM
$110 a day seems high

That does seem high. I pay just under $65 per day

05-06-2011, 06:41 AM
I did 6 Aeration's the other day I charges on average $60.00 a lawn
I went to HD and rented a brand New BlueBird machine pulled excellent plugs even in the real mucky ground.
It cost $82.00 for the day. I picked it up a 9:30am and was able to get it back by 1:30 so I only had to pay the 4 hour rate of $35.00 plus tax so it ran me $39.50 to do 6 jobs at $60:00 each so that is $360.00 less rent $39.50 and gas for the machine and my truck $6.00 (guesstamate) So I made $314.50 for approximately 4 hours work. Not to bad. But the next morning I felt like I had been run over by an aerator, I had forgotten how hard those machines are on your body.
I would like to own my own machine just to make it easier to schedule if nothing else. But if you can coordinate your jobs why have all the headaches of repair and etc. when you can rent one and no fuss no muss. Just pick it up clean it and take it back.