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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