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Turf Cutter

A turf cutter is used to remove the top layer of a lawn by cutting same-width strips of turf. This is often done when laying a new lawn or when temporarily removing the lawn, e.g. when laying pipe and cable. Re-laying the turf is possible because a turf cutter keeps the damage to the lawn to a minimum.

The price for hiring a turf cutter depends on its operating width, cutting depth and power/ capacity.




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Mr Plant Hire

London

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Mteevan Hire

London

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Mayday Plant & Tool Hire

Greater London & Southeast

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Premier Plant Hire

Greater London

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Balloo Hire

Northern Ireland

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Chase Plant Hire

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Lord Hire Centres

North East

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Kougar Tool Hire

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Turf cutter hire guide

Why hire a turf cutter?

A turf cutter is a gardening machine which removes the top layer of a lawn by cutting same-width strips of turf (grass and a layer of earth held together by its roots), revealing the soil underneath. There are many alternative names for a turf cutter, such as turf remover, turf lifter, turf stripper or turfer, but also sod cutter, lawn cutter or lawn remover. Turf cutters are used when someone wants to lay a new lawn (the turf strips are easily disposable, e.g. when hiring a skip) or when they want to re-lay the turf, e.g. when laying pipe and cable. Re-laying the turf is possible because a turf cutter keeps the damage to the lawn to a minimum.

When should I hire a turf remover?

The most important factor to take into account when is the right time to use a turf cutter is the hardness of the ground. It is not a good idea to use a turf cutter after long periods without rain or during winter, because the ground will be too hard. Spring might be a better period.

Which sod cutters are available for hire?

The key characteristics of a turf cutter are:

  • Operating width: The width of the grass strips that the turf remover cuts, typically expressed in cm
  • Cutting depth: The depth of the grass strips that the turf remover cuts, typically expressed in cm, and when the turf cutter has height adjustable blades this is expressed as a range
  • Power / capacity: The power of the machine, which determines how much turf (in meters) can be removed per hour
  • Other features: e.g. anti-vibration handlebars for increased user comfort

How to use a turf cutter?

Watch the video below for a detailed explanation on how to use a turf cutter:


What is the recommended safety equipment when hiring a turf cutter?

When using a turf cutter it is recommended to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Recommended safety equipment for a turf cutter consists of the following: protection goggles, dust mask, safety shoes, ear protection and hand protection.

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Guide written by Tomas Mertens (Master of Engineering at KU Leuven)