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18" Gas Lawn Aerator Rental - $38.70 After PM to Lowes - Home Depot B&M

Buckeyefan 1 6,702 October 24, 2010 at 01:13 PM in Tools (2)
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We normally pay a service $40 to aerate our lawn in the fall. I got together with two other neighbors and we rented one this afternoon - half day. Came to $13 each. Unit could be put in an SUV with two people. Barely used any gas. Goes on its own,and really pulls the plugs nicely. 18 inch, Honda engine, very quiet.

Since Lowes was $43 for a half day, Home Depot's normal price was $56, so them PM'd it and took off 10% - I didn't even ask. A trick to renting these is to get them late in the day, and they'll let you return it next morning.

Not sure if this is a "slick deal", but with the dry weather and lawns browning out, might not be a bad idea to do before winter.

You can also add accidental insurance for $3.87 in case you break a tine, or something happens to the unit while in your possession. I picked it up since it was $1.29 split 3 ways. I did two lawns in a little over 2 hours. Both are pretty large lawns.
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The Lowe's in my area, N. Jersey, do not rent tools or equipment. Nice idea though.
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The Lowe's in my area, N. Jersey, do not rent tools or equipment. Nice idea though.
jersey'ans must be rough on the rentals.
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A spike aerator is OK if you have sandy soil & do not have very thick thatch - you could also use a garden fork; but for really good lawn aeration, core aerator is the way to go. Especially if you have a clay soil. Probably only need it every few years or so.
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I drag a non-powered one of these behind my riding mower. I weigh it down with cinder blocks. It cost $50 at HD.

If you're going to rent something for $50, rent a core aerator instead which actually puts little 3" by 1" holes all over your lawn. These spike aerators aren't so effective unless you use them several times a year.
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I rented the Sod Cutter great deal and removed my neighbors grass a weeks weeks ago while he was away.. It was all weeds and infecting my yard.

When he came home I told him some Mexicans stole his grass... (Funniest thing ever)
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I think the ratings on that thing tell the story. The one I rented was a core aerator, and pulled up giant plugs. Big difference. You can rent a tow behind for a tractor that pulls plugs. They're actually a bit easier because you can make turns with it. With the 18" units, you have to move a bar to raise and lower the tines. It's a lot of work, but pays dividens.
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slick deal for your neighbor. he got his done for $13. for you, you saved $27.00 but spent 2 hours (and a trip to HD) At best, that's $13.50 an hour.
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slick deal for your neighbor. he got his done for $13. for you, you saved $27.00 but spent 2 hours (and a trip to HD) At best, that's $13.50 an hour.
They're 70 and own a home in the Greek Isles. We've got a free place to stay anytime we want - just pay airfare. I'd say not a bad trade off. Smilie
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I need to aerate badly, but with the lack of rain it is like concrete. I wonder if there is a cutoff time for safe aeration in the Southeast...
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If you're going to rent something for $50, rent a core aerator instead which actually puts little 3" by 1" holes all over your lawn. These spike aerators aren't so effective unless you use them several times a year.
Iagree I have and use a better tow-behind spike aerator and it's better than nothing but the results are a far cry from what you get from a core aerator.
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we rented one of these and threw grass seed down. worked great and filled up a large bald spot in 2 years. the first year grass came up in little dots where the aerator hole was Coverlaugh
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I need to aerate badly, but with the lack of rain it is like concrete. I wonder if there is a cutoff time for safe aeration in the Southeast...
Same goes for anyone... be sure to water your lawn throughly to get the best plugs. Or do it shortly after a good rain. The soil should be very moist... not bone dry nor muddy.

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we rented one of these and threw grass seed down. worked great and filled up a large bald spot in 2 years. the first year grass came up in little dots where the aerator hole was Coverlaugh
If you follow the aeration with a slit seeder (preferably a couple of weeks later, IMO), you'll have an awesome lawn come spring.
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I beg to differ from the OP. I would gladly pay $40 to a lawn service guy for aeration. If this is the machine he is talking about (http://www.homedepotrents.com/diy...erator.asp), it super heavy (about 300 pounds) and very very hard to maneuver. It goes OK when you are going straight, but turning the 300# beast is a nightmare. Also, after you are done with your aeration you need to clean the machine before you load it in your SUV/van, else it will get dirty. Loading it into the SUV/Van is also very hard (you will need 2 or 3 guys for that).
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