We’re serious about keeping our lawn care equipment simple. Simple to use, maintain, transport… and rent. The Classen brand was born for rental. Serious equipment made simple for every customer is our promise to our customers and you’ll enjoy the experience of renting and using Classen equipment for your lawn and turf care projects because of it.
Classen equipment is built for heavy-duty use, with quality components, productivity features and service and maintenance ease, which make it a favorite with rental dealerships world-wide. And Classen equipment is designed to make the every rental customer feel like a pro, with simplified control mechanisms, clear setting and adjustment levers and folding handles for transport ease. Which make it a favorite with the customer too.
Renting the Right Unit for You and the Job
Choosing an Aerator
Aerators revitalize lawns by opening the soil for more effective penetration of air, moisture, and nutrients. Aeration also helps to reduce soil compaction. Less compaction means a healthier root system. The lawn will become more tolerant to heat, drought and traffic as well as more disease resistant. Engine-powered aerators are the norm for efficient and less labor-intensive lawn aeration.
For small to mid-size residential jobs, consider a compact aerator that’s designed to fit thru narrow property gates. Their weight is manageable, they utilize smaller engines and are easier to store and transport for both the dealership and the customer. Medium to large size properties would be better served by a larger unit that covers more ground in less time. Traditional aerator units require the user’s strength to lift the unit high enough to remove the tines from the ground in order to turn the unit around to aerate the next row. Tine wheel aerators either with water drums and/or additional weights aren’t light in weight and after just a couple of rows, the user may become fatigued. You might way to consider an aerator with steering capabilities for a more pleasant rental experience. If your property if flat a reciprocating tine aerator is a refreshingly quick and easy option. The tines on a reciprocating aerator move up and down and are effective on very compacted soils. A good option for large areas is a stand-on aerator. Stand-on aerators operate similarly to walk-behind models with the added feature of the operator being able to stand or ride on the unit versus walking behind it. For very large areas not hindered by narrow gates, pull or tow-behind aerators are the most efficient aerating units. They come in a variety of widths and some can even be towed by a riding mower.
Choosing a Turf Rake
Thatch is a communion of dead grass, roots, and other matter that builds up on a lawn over time. It’s relatively common and collects on most lawns at some time or another. In time, thatch matter becomes stacked and then packs down or mattes and causes healthy grass blades to become stressed and weakened; they thin, and eventually die. The easiest and most thorough method of removing thatch is to use a powered turf rake or dethatcher. The turf rake makes quick work of lifting grass-chocking thatch from the surface level allowing the soil and grass to breathe and attain moisture and nutrients.
Powered rakes, also commonly known as turf rakes or dethatchers, utilize an engine or motor to engage a tine reel that spins tines or blades that grapple or slice at the soil surface lifting dead matter to the top of the lawn for removal. Common reel varieties include spring tine, flail and multi-purpose/vertical slicer blades. Spring tine reels are pliable and forgiving to undulating soil surfaces and above ground obstacles like sprinkler heads and such. The tines or picks utilize spring tension to comb through turf at the soil surface level and lift thatch matter to the surface of the lawn for removal. Flail blades are rigid, but mount to the reel loosely so that each blade can move freely and dangle from the reel. The thrusting of the blades traveling around the reel lifting thatch and slicing the uppermost top layer of the soil providing instant access to air, water and nutrients. Multi-purpose or vertical slicer blade assemblies are fixed to the reel for grasses with vine like top level root systems and thicker more woven thatch where slicing is a better treatment to control thatch.
Choosing an Overseeder
Seeding/Overseeding is the process of embedding seed into the soil at an appropriate depth. Consistent depth, lay of seed, seed proximity, moisture, and ground temperature are all crucial elements to the successful germination and establishment of new seed. Seeding should be done in a crisscross pattern and at a consistent depth for the lay of seed to germinate and root properly and evenly throughout the area planted. Inconsistent lay and depth can result in bald spots and a higher level of weeds. A powered turf seeder is the most efficient and effective way to achieve the consistent depth and lay of seed needed to achieve a healthy lawn with rich, thick turf.
For established turf with bare or weakened thinning areas, professionals tend to dethatch and overseed at the same time. Dethatching first to remove any matted thatch and then overseed. Doing both allows for the best possible penetration of seed and root establishment to quickly thicken up the turf. For small to moderate sized lawns or larger flat areas, a standard overseeder is a fine choice as the unit will be lighter in weight and easier to control. For large areas or hilly terrain, a self-propelled unit will limit user fatigue and get the job done quicker. An overseeder with a floating seed box will offer the best possible seed coverage. Again, the most important aspect of successful seeding is the lay and consistent depth of seed. An overseeder with a floating seeding seed box will hug the terrain and maintain consistent seed drop ensuring tight pattern seed coverage on hills, over undulating or chopping terrain.
Choosing a Sod Cutter
Starting a new lawn from seed is the most economical and commonly utilized method of establishing turf, but even under the best weather conditions and proper care, there is no guarantee that all of the seed will germinate and grow into thick, lush turf. There is also the time factor. Growing new sod from seed takes months. For instant gratification… Sod replacement is the answer!
In order to establish new sod, the existing turf, as well as a good portion of the existing root soil, needs to be removed at a consistent depth to establish the new sod’s root system. Unlike many other turf care tools that are utilized to make a variety of manual jobs easier and more time efficient, the sod cutter is a dedicated tool used for one job and one job only – to cut through sod at an appropriate depth. Walk-behind sod cutters can offer a variety of blade widths, from as little as 12 inches on up to 24 inches. When cutting a foundation for a pathway or structure, a leveled cut is important and can cut the labor of a project down considerably. Center blade placement is key to a level, consistent cut. When cutting tree rings or shapely patterns, a rear swivel wheel makes maneuverability much easier.