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Laying Sod in Big Rolls

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by AWJ Services, May 1, 2010.

  1. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    Anyone have any experience with this.
    I Have a CTL and a Kubota Tractor to do it with.
  2. AintNoFun

    AintNoFun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,807

    last fast we did 6 acres, we were using a tracked skidsteer i forgot the width of the rolls maybe 42 or 48". with 4 guys we were averaging close to an acre a day.. no prep work, just rolling, there was a decent amount of cutting/trimming as well..
  3. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    What type of attachment did you use?
  4. AintNoFun

    AintNoFun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,807

    was a sod roller that the tubes from the sod farm were like 6" black heavy sewer pipe. then you slid on these two ends that had like 1 inch nipples on them so they basically just sat on the attachment in a groove. very efficient..
  5. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 810

    We use a WMI sod installer but you can buy a skid steer attachment to lay the big rolls. some of them have a hydraulic ram that grabs the rolls for you so you dont have to get in and out of the skidsteer to slide a rod through to get the roll.
  6. Caterkillar

    Caterkillar LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 995

    It seems like a Takeuchi would not be sod roll friendly. I had a TL150 and it would leave a footprint in any kind of turf. Does the tractor have turf tires? I would think an asv undercarriage would be the best for sod rolls.

    We do dingo rolls whenever I can pencil out the extra shipping charges and the dingo leaves no track marks.
  7. FLCthes4:11-12

    FLCthes4:11-12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    we used pallet forks and attached a solid steel rod to them. We always ran the loader just off the last roll and had a few guys pulling them together with heavy duty rakes. Doesnt look as good as squares and hand laying but it sure is fast.
  8. Elks

    Elks LawnSite Member
    Messages: 167

    i normally use a bobcat mt with a sod layer attatchment on the front. I have used a t140 with the same attatchment.
  9. ryde307

    ryde307 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 540

    We almost only use big rolls. Small or large jobs in big open jobs it is 10x faster. In small jobs its fast if you know what you are doing and less labor. We also lay big rolls by hand alot. Move it to a spot use a knife cut from the top all the way to thetube you now have pieces to drag out and lay.

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