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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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.
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.
The key characteristics of a turf cutter are:
Watch the video below for a detailed explanation on how to use 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.
Guide written by Tomas Mertens (Master of Engineering at KU Leuven)