(To start off double posted this by accident, can't figure out how to get rid of it, posted in the wrong spot. I think this is where I was supposed to be long time since I joined a forum)
I'm a superintendent at a small golf course that was run into the ground for quite a few years before I got here. After cutting down thousands of trees and getting grass back onto the greens my fairways and tee boxes are wretched. Erosion is an issue, compaction is an issue, and thatch is a huge issue.
I am in the process of trading my 2320 in for a 3720 so I can actually run some power equipment like aerators and power rakes instead of just relying on weights, a hope, and a prayer.
Now I initially was looking at aerovators by first products with seeder until the $22000 price tag came with it, then looked at an aerway shattertine system plus additional sports tine roller for a year long ability to aerate, that only comes in at the $13000 😫 mark...sigh...again this one only runs on weights but a superior system to penetrate compacted and hard surface compared to traditional coring aerator. Then I saw a power rake in action...wow...that thing chews up that top couple inches awesome and with a seeder falls in around $15000.
So price recap
Aerovator + seeder = $22000
Aerway with two tines = $13-14000
Power rake + seeder = $15000
Now what I need to accomplish...
Get grass growing on fairways again by removing thatch and compaction (have not been seeded in 15 years or had any significant maintenance done)
Tee boxes need to be re levelled by bringing in some dirt and sand, pulling tree roots, removing trees etc.mi think most of them could be redone easily with the power rake.
Unfortunately I can't rent any of this crap and no dealership can "find" a demo model even though the actual company that makes these say they are in the area and I am kinda In a jam and need to do something sooner than later and want to know if anybody has any experience with these products and advice on them. The power rake can be used for light de thatching as well I assume doesn't need to pull dirt, plus could level gravel cart paths and driveway so kinda leaning that way as I prepare to blow my yearly budget on one thing 😂
Any and all advice would be appreciated