Aerator Rental Considerations
If you think that all rental aerators are alike, this list might convince you otherwise. Review the various features possible on rental aerators to determine which ones you require. Your local ARA-affiliated rental store professional also can help you find an appropriate aerator.
- Type. Types of rental aerators include manual or powered walk-behind aerators, stand-on aerators and towable aerators. See Aerator Rental Options for more information on possible types of aerators available to rent.
- Power supply. Either gas or electricity can supply power to a powered aerator. Other than the power supply, the two types of aerators work similarly. Gas-powered aerators seem to handle heavy-duty aerating better than electric aerators do. The length of the electrical cord also limits electric aerators, making them a second choice for aerating very large lawns.
- Core vs. spike. Core aerators remove turf cores or plugs from the ground, whereas a spike aerator only punches holes in the ground. You normally only aerate using a core aerator when your soil is heavily compacted and even then, only at certain times of the year. Ideally, you should aerate cool-season grasses, such as perennial ryegrass and Kentucky bluegrass, using a core aerator in the fall and spring. Warm-season grasses like zoysia and bermuda benefit most from spring or summer core aerating. On the other hand, you can use spike aerators on less compacted soil and more often than you can use a core aerator. However, a spike aerator sometimes increases soil compaction.
- Ease of use. Rental aerators can contain many features that make them easier and less tiring to use, including self-propulsion. For instance, some rental aerators allow the operator to turn without lifting the tines.
- Portability. A rented, powered aerator easily weighs more than 250 pounds, so you should have a helper for loading and unloading it. When you rent an aerator, features such as a fold-down handlebar also aid in transporting. Some rental stores rent trailers for transporting rented aerators.
- Working width. Towable aerators often come in widths that cover a wider surface with each pass than walk-behind aerators do. The wider the path the rental aerator makes the fewer passes that you will have to make with it to finish your lawn. In addition, a wider width on a rental aerator typically means that it has more tines. You also must consider the aerator width if you have narrow gates that the aerator must enter.
Contact your local, ARA-affiliated, rental store for information on available rental products and services to meet your aerator needs. To locate the rental store nearest you, use the Rental Store Quick Locator above.