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Duramaxsle1
03-31-2007, 03:41 PM
I have a sx255 and the blade rips the sod as it's pulling, keeping it sharp doesn't seem to help. Any body have idea's on what to use?

Wet_Boots
03-31-2007, 04:16 PM
How old is the sod?

Mike Leary
03-31-2007, 04:34 PM
Are we in Ireland?

Dirty Water
03-31-2007, 04:59 PM
Get yourself a turf shark blade, its serated edge is supposed to help cut the sod better.

We used to have a VP12, and we would have a guy cut the sod infront of the blade as it was pulled.

Then we got the 410sx, with its pizza wheel cutter, and the sod tearing problem was gone.

Duramaxsle1
03-31-2007, 05:00 PM
I'm in Ontario, Canada. It doesn't seem to make much difference how new the sod is, if it is in really good condition, meaning great root base and lush then it isn't to bad. I see the bigger machines have sod cutters but they tell me there isn't one for the 255.

Duramaxsle1
03-31-2007, 05:02 PM
I heard about this shark blade, does it work do you know Jon?

Wet_Boots
03-31-2007, 06:16 PM
The Turf Shark blade has a shark-fin-shaped addition to the standard blade, so the slant of the blade is reversed at the point where it contacts the sod.

Duramaxsle1
03-31-2007, 06:20 PM
Have you tried it? I see they are about $300 and if it does the job then I'm getting one!!!

Wet_Boots
03-31-2007, 06:31 PM
I haven't tried it. I always wondered if the pizza-cutter wheel of the 410sx could be used with the 255sx, or whether it would be too much drag.

Duramaxsle1
03-31-2007, 06:33 PM
I haven't looked at it close enough on the 410. Do you think the shark blade is worth it?

Wet_Boots
03-31-2007, 06:42 PM
I have a suspicion that poorly attached sod is always liable to come loose. The first machine I saw with some sod safeguards was the Davis Mini-Sneaker, which had spring-loaded steel pads pressing down on the soil, on either side of the blade. Seemed to work okay. The workaround I liked best was to avoid jobs with fresh sod (unless I charged so much, the extra time involved didn't hurt)

Duramaxsle1
03-31-2007, 06:48 PM
I know new sod has to be lifted, but I am having trouble on most lawns as there is no way of holding down the ground as the 255 goes through it, I also have a VP2 and it does a much better job, but being a two wheel machine it's a lot more work and takes longer as well as traction isn't even close.

Mjtrole
03-31-2007, 08:01 PM
I know new sod has to be lifted, but I am having trouble on most lawns as there is no way of holding down the ground as the 255 goes through it, I also have a VP2 and it does a much better job, but being a two wheel machine it's a lot more work and takes longer as well as traction isn't even close.

sounds like you are using a straight blade and/or its too long, we take all our new blades in and get them rewelded with an angle on them, not sure what angle we use but with a mini or a 360 without the "feet" on it, it still doesn't disturb the sod, I'll try and post a pick later

Mjtrole
03-31-2007, 08:02 PM
sounds like you are using a straight blade and/or its too long, we take all our new blades in and get them rewelded with an angle on them, not sure what angle we use but with a mini or a 360 without the "feet" on it, it still doesn't disturb the sod, I'll try and post a pick later

lol, I meant pic, not pick Im sure you know what those look like

Duramaxsle1
03-31-2007, 08:09 PM
That would be great !

BSME
03-31-2007, 08:17 PM
i had a 255sx and bought the turf blade... it worked better but don't expect it to solve all your problems...

i have a 410 now... i dunno if i've had any problems with that

justgeorge
04-01-2007, 10:51 AM
i had a 255sx and bought the turf blade... it worked better but don't expect it to solve all your problems...

i have a 410 now... i dunno if i've had any problems with that
Me too I bought the turf shark blade and it did help. Still had a couple of yards that had bad grub problems that got ripped up pretty bad. Picking up a used 410sx in a week or so and selling my 255sx.

Duramaxsle1
04-01-2007, 11:07 AM
I see alot of you have the 410 or you are getting one, is this more for commercial jobs.
I think I will try the shark blade, I know it won't solve all the problems but it's a step better.

justgeorge
04-01-2007, 07:26 PM
I see alot of you have the 410 or you are getting one, is this more for commercial jobs.
I think I will try the shark blade, I know it won't solve all the problems but it's a step better.
No I'm all residential. I've had problems with the 255sx on new construction jobs and hard clay; it's a long slow pull when you can't get traction on bare dirt. And you can't soften up the yard by watering cause then you're on mud. I resorted to hosing down just the lines I planned to pull the next day and it's was still hard going.