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Cutting new sod for installations

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by DodgeTruckMan731, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. DodgeTruckMan731

    DodgeTruckMan731 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 414

    What do you guys use to cut sod? Im currently using a simple Gerber pocket knife with a half straight and half serrated blade on it. It dulls after every job like im sure most knifes would but what are your guys techniques and what kinda of edge do you use on your knifes, what im trying to say is do you use more of a v shape or convex edge on it, not sure if those are the right words, Please post picture of your sod cutting tools.

    P.S. for all you happy to be an, oh whats the word i can use and not get removed? oh well you guys know who and what you are:clapping:. I tried the seach and could find what im looking for, so save it.

  2. DodgeTruckMan731

    DodgeTruckMan731 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 414

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  3. boonehockey

    boonehockey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    We always used a machete but a heavy weighted irrigation shovel would work to.
  4. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

  5. jhill603085

    jhill603085 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    the place i work, we use just plain old steak knives that we got i think at walmart or the dollar store. cheap, and if they break, you can buy plenty more
  6. Ben@speedbarn

    Ben@speedbarn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    We always used cheap box cutters. The ones that you just stick out further and break off the dull part. Don't cut dirt with a good knife.
  7. chavezkm

    chavezkm LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    I 2nd that!
  8. Dieselnut

    Dieselnut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,914

    The landscapers by me use a machete or a shovel.
  9. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    I use a utility knife to cut when the sod is laid out.

    If I'm at an edge, and I need to cut a whole piece width wise, then I measure what I need, keep the sod rolled, and cut the piece I need with a pruning saw with a 10 inch blade. Kinda like rolling a sheet of dough and cutting it.

    This way keeps my long cuts square.
  10. Dieselnut

    Dieselnut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,914

    I was thinking about sod cutting for a few minutes now and wouldnt a paper cutter work?


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