jury-rigged core aerator, roller?

OK, I've got a fork, I've got a spike aerator, but I don't want to shell out the three-figures-and-up for a tow-behind style core aerator -- what am I, a farm? -- and I can't find a manual core aerator locally.
Anything I can jury-rig that will work almost as well, or should I stick with the spiker, which everybody says doesn't do half the job, but seems to open up the soil well enough at first glance.
Also, what would people recommend for a jury-rigged roller? I've tried a ten-gallon drum filled with concrete (okay, a boat anchor!), but it doesn't roll straight. Something larger, without the built-in angle, that I can fill with water? I can lean over and roll the mother, I don't need a handle.
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How big is your yard?
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A rental center?????
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I used to pay a guy to aerate the lawn every third year. He used a coring type like they do on golf courses and football stadiums. The other years I used an ripper blade on the mower. Kept the thatch to a agreeable level. Your spikier should work except it compresses the ground instead of removing a core.
Try northern tools.
My lawn was about a 1/2 acre. It looked nice when I took the time. I sold that house recently and bought a 17" electric mower. Takes almost as long to get out the cord as it does to mow the back lawn... My choice not yours
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