• About Sod Cutters and How to Use a Sod Cutter

    by  • January 13, 2012 • All About Sod Cutters • 0 Comments

    What Is a Sod Cutter?

    There are essentially two different types sod cutters. What is a manual sod cutter and the other isgas powered. A manual sod cutter is designed to be used with your hands and feet to cut every move sod. It takes a lot of strength to using manual sod cutter. A gas powered sod cutter is what people use when they have more than 500 square feet of sod to remove. If you are going to be removing sod, you can either buy a sod cutter or else get a sod cutter rental.

    How to Use a Sod Cutter?

    A sod cutter is a pretty fun machine to use. The way that it works is that it has a blade that moves backwards and forwards right underneath the roots of the lawn. You can set the depth on your sod cutter before you use it. If you are planning on moving or reusing the sod, you want to go down to a depth of 1 to 1 ½ inches. If you are just removing the sod and getting rid of it, you don’t want to go quite as deep. Usually three quarters of an inch to an inch is fine. You want there to be just enough dirt to hold the grass together so that you can roll it up and dispose of it.

    Before you start your sod cutter, you want to know how to operate the gears. There is usually one gear for reverse and two or three gears for going forward. The most important thing to do when you’re removing sod is to go and straight lines and keep the machine level as you go. This will make it easier for you to remove the sod without having a lot of little extra pieces. On top of that, you want to make sure that you mark all of your sprinkler heads and go around them. If you try and go over them, you will just end up having to replace them. Make sure that you marked out your path across the lawn. Most of the time it is best to go across the long lengthwise so that you can cover the most distance possible. Some people will try and turn the sod cutter while they are using it. This is very difficult to do if you don’t have much experience. It is best to go slow. And then when you get to the end, pull the blades out turn the machine around and then get it set up for another pass.

    If you can find some one who is cheap labor, invite them to help you cut out your sod and move it. (I recommend teenagers for this kind of manual labor.) It is going to take a lot of work to get all of the sod rolled up and put into a wheel barrel so that you can move it or haul it away. As a landscaper for eight years, we did a lot of lawn repair, and we actually ended up taking out a lot lawns also. It is a lot of work. Whenever I have to take out a solid lawn, I always try and bring someone with me.

    If you’re going to rent a sod cutter, you may also need to borrow a ramp to get it in and out of your truck bed, or else rent a small trailer. It can be quite a chore to kick that machine up by yourself and put it into your truck. I always recommend getting the 18 inch sod cutter over the 12 inch model because it is much faster, and easier to keep level while you are using it.

    After removing the sod, learn how to lay sod, or how to seed lawn.


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