Sod installation attachment eats through the tubes

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by lawnfreak, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. lawnfreak

    lawnfreak LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    I purchased a sod installation attachment for my t190 from my bobcat dealer. The machine works excellent except that it eats through the tubes that the sod is on. The tubes are made out of a thick cardboard. The sod rolls are about 36 inches wide. The attachment uses the hydraulics to clamp on to the ends of the rolls. Approxmately 90% of the rolls get torn up and it tears the edges of the sod on some of the rolls. Are there any special tricks or things that i could use to get this to stop from happening? Thanks in advanced.
  2. AWJ Services

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

    What brand did you buy?
  3. allinearth

    allinearth LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 614

    I don't own one but have used one. Maybe don't clamp the roll as hard. Might help with the tube. Thought those cardboard ones were disposable. How is it tearing the sod? From rubbing onsides? Not much can be done unless it is not centered because it needs adjustment. If it is just tearing apart in the middle then there is too much tension on the roll not letting it turn. I have also noticed the roll needs to be held at just the right height. I try to stretch the sod slightly as I put it down. Have seen as much as 10% gain that. waypayup
    But if I stretch too much of course it tears.:cry:
  4. SiteSolutions

    SiteSolutions LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,114

    I had the same problem when I rented one, same setup... bobcat installer on a T-190. We ended up sticking a pvc pipe inside the cardboard tube... what a time waster. Maybe it was just that the tubes got too wet from sitting all night till I installed?

    Did you ever get a solution to this?
  5. backhoe1

    backhoe1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    simple solution: buy sod from a grower that uses plastic tubes
  6. lawnfreak

    lawnfreak LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    I solved the problem by finding a steel hollow cylinder tube that i found on one of our jobsite in the trash pile. I cut it to the right size and now it works perfect. I just slide it inside the tube, pick up the roll, and go to work.

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