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Hollow tine aerators.

I've had a heavy Chinese machine on hire and it did the job but was awful to use. 
I want to buy a machine and am considering a Camon LA25 made by Tracmaster. It's about the right weight and money for myself. The Groundsman is undoubtedly a better machine but more than I need as too heavy and most of my jobs are domestic and not bowling greens. 
Any alternatives to the Camon to consider ?

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  • Hi Jamie,

    I carry out the same work as yourself. I use a bannerman A4 injector. You know you have used this after a days work but I like this machine alot. You can change the tines depending on what you need to do. I use the shatter tine reel predominantly which makes holes but doesn't leave plugs. I know the hollow time is better but this suits my client base,who don't want to spend a huge amount on lawn maintenance but still want it to look' amazing'.I have not used the camon but if its anything like the turf cutter,you won't go wrong!

    Best of luck

     

    Paul 

    • hired a hollow tine Camon for 2 days for £140.   Weighs a hideous amount. The holes were not as deep as I expected (considering they ask you to check you have 4 inch depth).

       

      Fracture tines sounds good as clearing up takes much longer than running the machine around.  I'm guessing they leave wide open slits in the lawn?

       

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      • The LA25 Camon weighs about  120kg and comes with hollow and solid tines so you don’t have to take plugs if you don’t want to tidy up.

        the Weibang I hired weighed nearly 250kg and kept breaking down.

        • Re the weibang breaking down surely that's a maintenance issue with the hire company?

          I've had the weibang aerator on hire a couple of times and got on really well with it. It's got the same engine as my weibang scarifier and it's never given me any problems. 

      • Evening Tim,

        I am using it on Wednesday, so I'll send on a few pics of what it does . It does leave a slit, you can adjust the depth by adding or subtracting weights ,which come supplied. I understand every few years its advised to use a hollow time aerator instead of the fracture time. 

  • Do you use a leaf blower to clear up?

    • Well I use the hollow tine prior to scarifying so the plugs get chopped up and collected with the moss. 
      If I wasn't scarifying I would use solid tines so as not to make a mess that needs clearing up. 

  • PRO

    I use the Billy Goat Plugr 18 and it is heavy but surprisingly manouverable once you get a feel for it. Handles fold down and I can push into the van on the ramp easily enough on my own. Not something I'd want to be doing all the time but certainly manageable. Hollow or solid tines can be swapped out easily enough with a spanner.

     

    With hollow tine cores, if the ground conditions are right/not too wet, I sometimes go over them with the scarifier to break them up. Breaks the soil up and releases the organic matter which can be raked and blown a lot easier.

      1. Yes I have been considering the Billy Goat
        Thanks for your help. 
  • I have a Eliet scarifier which is very manoeuvrable and does a good job. There may be a model that does the interchanging tines?

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