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How long does it take to lay a pallet of sod?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by cutting edge, Feb 14, 2002.

  1. cutting edge

    cutting edge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 194

    About how long does it take to lay a 504 sq. ft pallet of sod (rectangles, not rolls)?

    thanks,
    Derek
     
  2. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,276

    10-15 minutes.
     
  3. cutting edge

    cutting edge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 194

    Thanks for the quick reply.
     
  4. diginahole

    diginahole LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    Stonehenge, is that with 2 guys? I come up with 0.7 manhours (42 mins)using 1sq yd rolls from the truck to front or side yard.
     
  5. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,276

    For us it's actually 70 yards (630 sqft), and it's 2 guys plus me watching/helping/supervising (which accounts for about 3 yards :) )

    That's just laying. That's not unloading pallets from the truck. It's not cutting in, either.
     
  6. Ground Master

    Ground Master LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 505

    Here we get 64 ROLLS at 7 square feet each for a total of 448 sq ft. I figure on all my bids 300sq ft/man hour. We probably average 400 to 500 square feet per man hour.
     
  7. diginahole

    diginahole LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    TIP for paver installers: gas powered paver saws cut in sod much better and much faster than a spade or knife.
     
  8. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,276

    Digin -

    It's very interesting that you say that. I was looking into getting into electronic/underground pet fencing, and tested several methods for cutting a 2" deep groove in the turf. I tried a cutoff saw, with both a diamond-tipped blade and a carbon blade. I found that the blade got packed tight full of soil in a few seconds and then didn't cut well at all.

    What did you do for a blade? Did you use a rough wood-ripping blade or something?
     
  9. PAPS

    PAPS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    Like Stone said.. (2) guys with me watching can lay that kind of sq. ft in about 15-20 mins no probablem... 10 mins at best.
     
  10. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
    from nowhere
    Messages: 1,578

    I agree with the 10 - 15 minutes ... When we were younger we use to have contests ... we once laid a pallet (rolls) in under 5 minutes.... thats with the skid placed fairly close... one guy tossing the other rolling it out. Another silly contest...how many rolls in a wheelbarrow... .. it was either 24 or 25 ..and you had to push it without spilling....ohhhh those were the days lol

    diginahole ... I have never seen that method used ... I personally use a sharp spade(edging shovel)... can't get the young guys to do it...they piss around with sod knife's ... I can cut circles around them and Im not down on my knees to do it.
     

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