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Type of tiller for sod?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by alpine692003, Jul 30, 2004.

  1. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,502

    What type of tiller should I rent for installation of sod ???

    I just recently removed 4,000 sq feet of old sod that was full of weeds and junk.

    The site has about 1-2" of good topsoil already and before I was going to level and grade the area, I'd like to rent a a tiller and till the entire area up good and then use a metal rake to level and grade the area, then install new sod..

    I was wondering what type of tiller should I get?

    roto tiller, rearhind? no idea!

    :confused: :confused: :confused:
  2. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 1,010

    Rear tine tiller.
  3. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    If you can get a 3-point mounted on a compact tractor then life is grand. Otherwise you have 3 options in decending order, 1- rear tine is certainly the easiest walk behind to use, 2- front tine will do the job and is cheaper and you will get quite a workout while hanging on for dear life, 3- round point shovel and a weeks worth of ibuprofin for the aches you will experience.

    I just did a small sod job in 85 degree heat, it was a pita to say the least as it was 1 row next to a new patio and driveway. Hard clay soil. Very sore but made good bucks. Good luck.
  4. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,502


    I've been there mowed..

    Try shovelling 16 yards of topsoil with 2 wheel barrows in 8hrs..
  5. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Posts: 2,702

    uh..... no thanks.

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