View Full Version : Trimming sod

04-07-2006, 07:51 AM
Hi, I have a sod laying job I'm going to be doing in a couple weeks, and I was wondering what kind of knife other landscapers use for trimming sod? Where would you get it from? Thanks:usflag:

04-07-2006, 08:13 AM
We use a utility knive. You can get them anywhere. They work well..but tend to dull out fast.

04-07-2006, 09:59 AM
We use a very sharp hatchet.

04-07-2006, 10:04 AM
A Spade..........

04-07-2006, 10:13 AM
machete or edger

04-07-2006, 10:30 PM
Go to Wal Mart and buy a few packs of cheap steak knives. It will cut right through the sod and makes nice clean edges. After the job, throw the used ones away because the teeth will be worn down and get another pack for the next sod job. We buy a pack of 4 steak knives for $3.99 at a dollar store here. Good luck with your job.

04-08-2006, 12:13 AM
machete...hands down the faster

Duck Dodger
04-08-2006, 01:18 AM
I don't like bending over that much we started using a brushaxe for stuff thats not too detailed like around heads.

04-08-2006, 02:01 PM
Good old trusted spade.

General Landscaping
04-08-2006, 02:19 PM
By far; the fastet way to finish sod is with a stick edger.payup

Put on a fresh blade and trim the sod at walking speed.

For cutting around sprinkler heads, serrated knife. Use one you can toss after your'e done.

steve in Pa.
04-08-2006, 08:34 PM
we use utility knife's for small cutting but for longer cuts we use a gas powered edger and string line.

04-08-2006, 08:51 PM
We use an edging shovel. In Florida, Ive seen guys use machetes like you wouldn't believe. We don't do too much sod.

04-08-2006, 09:12 PM
we just did 8 pallets on tuesday and 15 yesterday and today, i think the machete was the fastest way to trim, other than edger, but the edger will move sod around and small pieces can be moved. The machete I use is the one that is a machete blade on a handle, almost like an axe handle, not sure of the actual name for it.

04-16-2006, 06:26 AM
Good old trusted spade.

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04-16-2006, 07:24 PM
machete mainly and stick edger along driveways etc..

04-17-2006, 12:38 PM
How does that work with a stick edger? Wouldn't the stick edger tear the sod?...I would imagine it would just pull the sod out of place, since its really not fastened?!

04-17-2006, 04:43 PM
Turfco Edge R Rite with Disc blade...Trims sod at 70 feet per minute clean and slick. While you are standing up walking not crawling along on the ground. See it at Turfco.com